CARLOS JOSÉ (São Paulo, September 22, 1934)

            At the age of five, Carlos José Ramos dos Santos and his family traded the São Paulo garau for the Rio de Janeiro sun, going to live in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Created in a musical environment, in times of romantic songs, he became a fan of Orlando Silva, Sílvio Caldas and Carlos Galhardo, and at age 11, he learned to play guitar with his mother. In 1937, he participated in the Carbon Paper freshmen program of the late Renato Murce, and was ranked first.
In the 50's, when studying at the former Faculty of Law of Catete, he performed with a group at one of his parties, being heard by Flávio Cavalcanti, who took him to TV Tupi, participating in his famous program A Master Inst. On that occasion, he met the composer Alcyr Pires Vermelho, who gave him the recording of his first 78 rpm (Polydor, 1957), with sambas song A Noite (Tom Jobim, Newton Mendonça) and Ouça (Maysa), obtaining great success.

As a result, in the following year the LP Revelation was released, a landmark in his career, which included, besides those already mentioned, other pearls such as Alcyr Pires Vermelho, Jair Amorim, Mathematics Classroom (Tom Jobim, Marino Pinto) , Only Crazy (Dorival Caymmi), Laura (João de Barro, Alcyr Pires Vermelho).
In 1960, the romantic singer recorded two LPs Romance of One Pierrô (seal Odeon), with notable sambas and carnival marches such as Square Onze (Herivelto Martins, Great Othello), Pastorinhas (João de Barro, Noel Rosa), Confetti Junior, David Nasser), and Carlos José sings to you (Continental), with special mention: Saudade Querida (Tito Madi), Bronzes E Cristais (Alcyr Pires Vermelho, Nazareno de Brito), Samba Triste (Baden Powell, Billy Blanco). In 1963, another precious album appeared with The Poetry of Caymmi Na Voz de Carlos José (Continental label), among 12 anthological tracks are: Marina, Nunca Mais, Raft Come Back Alone, The Side Neighbor.
From 1966, he began an historical series of six volumes published with the title One Night of Seresta (seal CBS), for classics of the genre as: Deusa da Minha Rua (Newton Teixeira, Jorge Faraj), Last Estrofe (Cândido das Neves) Of 1966; Ave Maria (Erothides de Campos), Three Tears (Ary Barroso), 1967; Sertaneja (René Bittencourt), Doll (Benedito Lacerda, Aldo Cabral), 1968; I Dreamed You Were So Beautiful (Lamartine Babo, Francisco Matoso), My House (Joubert de Carvalho) 1969; If She Asks (Dilermando Reis, Jair Amorim), Floor of Stars (Silvio Caldas, Orestes Barbosa), of 1970; Someday I'll Tell You (Cristóvão de Alencar, Felisberto Martins), Luar de Paquetá (Freire Junior, Hermes Fontes), 1971.

In 1981, she toured several cities in the south and southeast, through the Pixinguinha Project, accompanied by the group Viva Voz (known at the time as "the singers of the amnesty") and by the potiguar singer Terezinha de Jesus. On international stages, he has also been widely applauded in South American countries (such as Paraguay, Venezuela and Colombia), and in Europe (Italy and Portugal). He later became a member of SOCIMPRO (Brazilian Society for the Administration and Protection of Intellectual Rights), of which he was a founding partner.
In the late 90's, two CDs were released in the series 20 Super Sucessos (Polydisc), with original remastered of its expressive repertoire. In 2014, Carlos José joined the talented younger brother, guitarist and arranger Luiz Cláudio Ramos, for independent production of CD Musas das Canções, in honor of the presence of women in Brazilian music, such as Maria (Ary Barroso, Luiz Peixoto), Odete (Herivelto Martins, Dunga) participation of Chico Buarque, Ai Que Saudades da Amélia (Ataulfo ​​Alves, Mário Lago), Emilia (Haroldo Lobo, Wilson Batista), and others.
With his melodious, crystalline voice, with perfect timbre, Carlos José occupies a relevant place among the best singers of his generation.


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