ROBERTO LUNA (Serraria / PB, December 1, 1929)

            Named as Valdemar Faria, he took the primary and secondary courses in Campina Grande, where he listened to his idol Orlando Silva through the city's speaker service. In December of 1944, he embarked by boat with his family to Rio de Janeiro, going to live in Nova Iguaçu, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. He participated in some freshman programs such as Renato Murce and Ary Barroso. Led by composer Assis Valente, he went to work in the Portuguese magazine company Chianca de Garcia, as his assistant.
In the late 1940s, he began performing as a crooner in dances and cabarets in Lapa and in nightclubs in the south.

After singing in several Carioca radio stations: Mayrink Veiga, Clube do Brasil, Mauá and Nacional, where he received the stage name Roberto Luna (given by the broadcaster Afrânio Rodrigues), he recorded his first 78 rpm (Star label, 1952). Bolero for a long time (Marino Pinto, Don Al Bidi) and the samba song Linda (Erasmo Silva, Ruy Rei).
From 1957, he began a series of successes, with the launch of a rare double compact, in Odeon label, with arrangements by the maestro Luiz Arruda Paes: Molambo (Jaime Florence, Augusto Mesquita), Caminha (Evaldo Ruy, Rolando Candiano ), Council (Denis Brean, Oswaldo Guilherme), Hallucination (Newton Teixeira, Macieira, Nascimento). The following year, the LPs were edited: Roberto Luna: melômano (Odeon label), a true parade of masterpieces: Because of You (Tom Jobim, Dolores Duran), Dead Leaf (Ary Barroso), Noel Rosa ), Song of the Revolution (Ismael Netto, Antônio Maria), and Luna Sing for You (RGE label), a highlight for his biggest hit "El Reloj" (Roberto Cantoral, Nelly B. Brito), as well as Serenata do Farus (Vinicius de Moraes), Chovia (Edson Borges, Alfredo Borba), Punishment (Dolores Duran).
With accompaniment of Ruben Perez and RGE orchestra, in 1961, Roberto Luna recorded the album Cuando Canta Um Coração, with songs by Lupicínio Rodrigues: Vingança, Castigo and Cadeira Vazia (both with Alcides Gonçalves), She Said Me So, besides Dream Of Love (Franz Liszt, adaptation Fred Jorge). The following year, Roberto Luna's Greatest Hits (RGE), re-recordings of his repertoire were published, such as: Contigo (Claudio Estrada, Julius Nagib's version), Murmurem (Rubens Fuentes, Rafael Cardenas, version by Giogia Jr.) Example (Lupicínio Rodrigues), with orchestra and arrangements by Ruben Perez.
In addition to recording a few LPs in Buenos Aires, he released his last album, The Luna Que Eu Taste (1965), in Philips (1965): Everything Is Magnificent (Haroldo Barbosa, Luiz Reis), Encuentro Com A Saudade (Billy Blanco, Nilo Queiroz) , Prelude to Love Without Goodbye (Romeo Nunes, Concessa Lacerda), I Did not Know (Fernando César, Britinho).
In the cinema, Roberto Luna participated in the award winning film The Red Light Bandit (by Rogério Sganzerla, 1968), where he plays several songs. In 1977, celebrating 20 years of success, the RGE label dedicated a series of collections to its most expressive artists, including Roberto Luna, one of the most beautiful voices in our songbook, with several famous boleros and passionate songs. At this time, the singer had performed only in nightclubs (having owned the trendy Molambo in the neighborhood of Consolação, still in the 60s), giving vent to his immense passion for music and the night, remembering his times of contumacious serenade in Rio from January. In 2016, continues to delight with its eternal art, in the traditional and cozy Quintal Brazil, in the district of Santana.

 


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