AGOSTINHO DOS SANTOS
(São Paulo, April 25, 1932 - Paris, July 12, 1973)

            Created in the traditional district of Bixiga or present Bela Vista (stronghold of bambas), accompanied the parents revelers in the cords and carnival blocks of the time. In the early 1950s, he began his singing career as a crooner in the orchestra of Osmar Milani, on the trendy Danças Avenue in the center of the city. Later, he appeared in the America and National Radios of São Paulo.
In 1955, participation in programs at Radio Mairynk Veiga in Rio de Janeiro led to the release of his first LP Agostinho dos Santos (Polydor label, 1956), accompanied by the orchestra directed by Henrique Simonetti, recorded the samba-song Não Digo ( Sebastião Gilberto, Antônio Bruno) and the song-of-the-sea march (Ferrer Trindade, Frederico Brito).

(1957), which includes: Chove Lá Fora (Tito Madi), Maria dos Meus Pecados (Jair Amorim, Dunga) and Antônio Carlos Jobim and Fernando César Na Voz de Agostinho dos Santos (1958), irreplaceable repertoire of two masters, being the first: It was The Night (with Newton Mendonça), Cause of You (with Dolores Duran), and the second: Dó-Ré-Mi, Thanks goodbye.
Hired by the label RGE began a series of anthological LPs: Agostinho Espetacular (1958), with highlight to Balada Triste (Dalton Vogeler, Esdras Pereira da Silva), Tu És The Owner of Everything (Alcyr Pires Vermelho, Nazareno de Brito); In August 2003, Agostinho dos Santos (1959), an internationally acclaimed performer with the unforgettable songs Carnival Morning (Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Maria) and A Felicidade (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), the award-winning film Orfeu do Carnaval (by Marcel Camus) Also included other pearls such as: End of Case (Dolores Duran), No Solution (Dorival Caymmi, Carlos Guinle), Prayer Line (Noel Rosa, Vadico); Agostinho Always Agostinho (1960), with orchestra by Waldemiro Lemke: Dindi (Tom Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveira), and together with RGE: Chora Tua Tristeza (Oscar Castro Neves, Luvercy Fiorini); Agostinho Canta Sucessos (1961), the title says it all: For Whom Dreamed Ana Maria (Juca Chaves), Negue (Adelino Moreira, Enzo de Almeida Passos), Amor e A Rosa (Pernambuco, Antônio Maria); The Presence of Augustine (1961), arranged and directed by Waldemiro Lemke in: Song to Awaken You (Tito Madi), and the conductor Erlon Chaves in Our Moments (Luiz Reis, Haroldo Barbosa).

In 1962, he participated in the legendary Bossa Nova show at Carnegie Hall in New York, and was greatly applauded when he sang the Carnival Morning, accompanied by Bonfá to the guitar. In the same year, he recorded the LP Agostinho dos Santos Canta Boleros Famosos (RGE), in versions for Frenesi (Lina Pesce), Aqueles Olhos Verdes (Braguinha), with arrangements and regency of Erlon Chaves. In 1963, he repeated the dose: Agostinho dos Santos (in Spanish) - more famous boleros (seal RGE), with arrangements and regency of Élcio Alvarez, included Only Once (Agustin Lara), Amor de Mis Amores (Maria Teresa Lara).

In 1964, with the title Vanguarda (RGE), Agostinho navigates with talent and competence in bossa nova waters, with exquisite arrangements of Erlon Chaves and Meireles, in tracks such as: Moça Flor, (Luiz Fernando Freire with Durval Ferreira), Vagamente, Telephone, (those of Roberto Menescal, Ronaldo Bôscoli). In 1966, he recorded for the label Cast the album Agostinho dos Santos, playing Arrastão (Edu Lobo, Vinicius de Moraes), Preciso Learn to Be Lonely (Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle), Das Rosas (Dorival Caymmi).
Known internationally, Agostinho dos Santos, has appeared in several countries of South America, Europe and the United States. Victim of air crash, caused by a fire on board, near the airport of Orly, in Paris, had its artistic trajectory prematurely interrupted.
A velvety voice, tuned, passionate, unmistakable, pure enchantment, Agostinho dos Santos sang with his heart. For all that, it has become eternal.


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