Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77
In July 1971, Sergio Mendes announced he was changing his group's name from Brasil '66 to Brasil '77. He told Billboard, "I find myself growing: moving into new sounds and creating fresh ideas musically. The group feels it, and they change, too. And then we all move with the times.... [The sound] will blend a harder rock sound with a more authentic Brazilian-metered presentation. In other words, a blend of more subtle rock overlays and driving arrangements."
The first single from the newly expanded and renamed group was released in July 1971. During August, the group was touring in support of the September release of Pais Tropical.
The group's tour of Mexico was recorded as six 30-minute television specials that began airing weekly on June 12, 1972 via Channel 2's 50 stations.
- Mendes Changes Group's Name to Brasil '77. Billboard, July 24, 1971.
- Graham Pitches Mendes Group. Billboard, August 28, 1971.
- Mendes & Co. To Mexican TV. Record World, June 10, 1972.
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