Los Índios Tabajaras began as two guitar-playing brothers from northern Brazil. They initially claimed to have found a guitar in the Brazilian rain forest and taught themselves to play. Both were actually quite accomplished classical guitarists, having spent several years in serious classical studies. They changed their names to Natalicio and Antenor Lima and dressed in ceremonial Indian costumes for their performances. In 1943, RCA's Latin American arm first signed them to a recording contract, although little from that period is still available. Their first (and only) major hit was "María Elena", recorded in Mexico in 1958 and released in the U. S. in 1962. "María Elena" spent 14 weeks in the U. S. Top 10 and became an international hit. They followed with "Always In My Heart", their only other single to reach the top 100. Antenor retired from performing due to health, but Natalicio continued to perform into the 1990s with his wife, Michiko. They released a series of albums of mostly popular music that enjoyed worldwide success. Nato and Antenor's classical interpretations are considered by many to be the purest ever recorded. They were especially fond of the works of Chopin, Bach and Beethoven. Their classical recordings also included the works of Rimsky-Korsakoff, de Falla, Villa-Lobos and Tchaikovsky. Nato built a guitar with 26 frets instead of the standard 19 so that he could achieve higher tones. With a fatter string on Antenor's guitar to give it lower tones, together they could play all the notes of a full-size piano.
"Sunrise Serenade" was written by Frankie Carle and became his signature song. Carle's rendition rose to No. 1 in the nation in 1938, selling more than a million copies. Hit versions were also released by both Glenn Miller and Glen Gray's Casa Loma Orchestra. This selection is from the 1964 album "The Mellow Guitar Moods Of Los Índios Tabajaras".