No Brazilian Tunes In Rio Fest; Copyright Tie
There will be no Brazilian songs in the Fifth Rio de Janeiro Song Festival this fall and the world copyright of all new compositions presented during the event will be owned by the festival organization.
This was announced by Augusto Marzagoa, general manager of the festival, during a lightning 36-hour visit to Budapest to discuss Hungarian participation in the event.
Marzagoa held auditions for young Hungarian talent in the local radio studios and announced that he will not shrink from the idea of unkown artists at Rio.
He said that all songs in the festival would be guaranteed a recording by the original or Brazilian singers and could be sung at the event in either their original language or in Portuguese, English or French.
Marzagoa said 32 countries would be taking part in the Fifth Festival including all the Americas, Japan, Belgium, France, U.K., Greece, West Germany, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Israel, Morocco and Lebanon.
The event will be televised throughout the Americas and will be screened for Europe for Eurovision. The international jury will include Barbra Streisand (U.S.), Domenico Modugno (Italy) and Udo Juergens (Austria).
Jurgens Single In Afrikaans
Austrian singer Udo Jurgens will record two of his compositions in Afrikaans - the first time a non-South African singer has recorded in the language, claims Ster Records, who will release the single later this year to coincide with a Jurgens South African tour.
One of the numbers to be recorded is "Babuschkin", currently a hit for the singer. The Afrikaans lyric has been written bei Heine Toerin, a South African disk jockey.
Jurgens is currently on a concert tour in Germany where he has 101 concert dates to fulfill. The arrangement for Jurgens to record was set by Dieter Weidenfeld of Edition Montana, Munich, and Hal Judin of Ster Records.
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Judges Set for Rio Song Fest
Augusto Marzagao, director of Rio's Fifth Popular Song Festival to be held in October, announced that the judges will include Brigitte Bardot of France, Dionne Warwick of the U.S., Astrud
Gilberto of Brazil, Lalo Schifrin of Argentina, and Udo Jurgens of Austria.
The guests will include 43 disk jockeys and 60 journalists, as well as singer Bill Medley, Burt Bacharach and Quincy Jones.
Marzagao said that he was negotiating to televise the festival to the socialist countries of Eastern Europe as well as Western Europe and the U.S.
The director reported that last year's winning song "Luciana" composed by Brazilian Paulinho Tapajos, has been recorded by Henry Mancini in the U.S. and by singer Ljupka Dimitrovska in the U.S.S.R.
Juergens Reaps in $ From Concert Tour
The concert given by No. 1 Austrian singer Udo Juergens on July 4 at the Berlin Waldbuehne will climax a series of 225 concerts before more than 500,000 spectators.
The concert tour, arranged by his music publisher, Hans R. Beierlein, has made Juergens a multimillionaire.
Earning a total of $3,260 per performance, Juergens' income has totalled over $ 702,000 to which must be added royalties from his own songs estimated at $ 81,750. Experts say that another $ 1.35
million, deriving from jukebox, TV and radio royalties over the complete period can be added to his overall income.
The 500,000 at the Juergens concerts, paying an average entrance fee of $3.26, contributed about $1.62 million. On the debit side, Juergens had to pay the wages and fares of five musicians, two drivers for his three cars, a lighting technician, plus taxes estimated at $ 540,000.
Originally, the tour was scheduled for 101 individual concerts, because no agent would accept the risk of putting on more. Beierlein, however, engaged the services of a self-supporting concert agent for the whole of the Udo Juergens tour.
After 28 "test" performances, the number went up to almost 30 a month. Originally, only five per week had been planned.
Commented Juergens: "I think one can stand this sort of thing only once in once's life".
After a long vacation, he will star in the Shaw musical, "Helden" (Heroes), which opens in Vienna this fall.
Ariola-Eurodisc is releasing a special Udo Juergens album to coincide with the end of the singer's marathon tour through Germany October 1969 to July 1970. The album, "The Golden Udo Juergens Album", contains all the major Juergens tour hits.
Udo Jurgens was in Kerkrade for a concert June 26 .
Udo Juergens (Ariola), who has just completed an extensive tour of Germany, visits Vienna on Oct. 22 for a concert at the Wiener Stadthalle.