Partial Introduction - Part I

            Part I of the book, Popular Music in Brazilian History, begins our journey with the composer Donga (an expressive landmark of Brazilian musical history, which ended up inspiring the title of the book, with the name of his most significant samba). Adding historical facts that best portray the focused time, from the dawn of the samba and the marchinha (in the period between 1917 and 1929), the names of Freire Júnior, Sinhô, Luiz Peixoto and Freitinhas appear.
Then comes the so-called golden age of the thirties, recalling Nílton Bastos, Heitor dos Prazeres, Joubert de Carvalho, Heckel Tavares, Vadico, Alberto Ribeiro, Bide, Marçal, Capiba, André Filho, Cândido das Neves, Dunga , Alcyr Pires Vermelho, Walfrido Silva, Roberto Martins, Waldemar Silva, Antônio Almeida, Rubens Soares, José Maria de Abreu, Francisco Matoso, Jararaca, Vicente Paiva, Raul Marques, Cyro de Sousa, Benedito Lacerda, Mário Lago, Newton Teixeira, Jorge Faraj, René Bittencourt and Bororó.
Continuing the brilliance of popular music in the 1940s, the talent of Haroldo Lobo, Nássara, Paquito, Marino Pinto, Zé da Zilda, Cristóvão de Alencar, Zequinha de Abreu, Roberto Roberti, Arlindo Marques Jr, Custódio Mesquita, Evaldo Ruy, Mário Rossi, Pedro Caetano, Erathostenes Frazão, Humberto Teixeira, Aldo Cabral and Fernando Lobo.
In the golden 1950's, space for the multifaceted work of Radamés Gnattali, Waldir Azevedo, Hervê Cordovil, Chocolate, Altamiro Carrilho, Bucy Moreira, Luiz Antônio, Candeias Jota Júnior, David Nasser, Paulo Marques, Luiz Bonfa, Garoto, Monsueto , Fernando César, Mirabeau, Newton Mendonça, Meira, Maysa, Zé Dantas, Denis Brean, Moreira da Silva and João Donato.
The 60s highlight the bossa of Sérgio Ricardo, Roberto Menescal, Ronaldo Bôscoli, Baden Powell, Luís Reis, Juca Chaves, Paulo Soledade, Durval Ferreira, Raul Sampaio, Francis Hime, Lucio Cardim, Zé Ketti, João do Vale, Elton Medeiros , Marcos and Paulo Sérgio Valle, Oscar Castro Neves, Guilherme de Brito, Geraldo Vandré, Capinan, Fernando Brant, Carlos Imperial, Sidney Miller, Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Maurício Tapajós, Tom Zé, Torquato Neto, Taiguara, Silas de Oliveira, Mano Décio da Viola and Bala.
Representing the 70's, they include songs by Monarco, Jards Macalé, Waly Solomão, Luiz Melodia, Toquinho, Roberto and Erasmo Carlos, Lô Borges, Campo Grande, Raúl Seixas, Carlos Cachaça, Mauro Duarte, Neguinho da Beija-Flor, Renato Teixeira, Nelson Sargento, Jorge Aragão, Candeia, Yvone Lara, Délcio Carvalho, Paulo Vanzolini, Joanna, Ivan Lins, Joyce (today Joyce Moreno), Beto Guedes and Zé Ramalho.
The decade of the 80 presents compositions of the inspired and creative ones Djavan, Moraes Moreira, João Nogueira, Paulo César Pinheiro, Zé Katimba, Jacob of the Bandolim, Geraldo Azevedo, Didi, Alceu Valença, Cecéu and Antonio Barros, Eduardo Dusek, Lulu Santos, Nelson Motta , Dedé da Portela, Dominguinhos, Wilson Moreira, Nei Lopes, Almir Guineto, Zeca Pagodinho, Jurandir da Mangueira, Luiz Carlos da Vila and the rebel poetry of Cazuza.
Finally, from 1990 to the present, it is worth noting, among others, the renovators Guinga, Moacyr Luz and Marisa Monte, three notable examples of what is still happening in the Brazilian popular music.

 

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