(Campos dos Goytacazes / RJ, 1880 - Rio de Janeiro, January 10, 1923)

            Little is known of his childhood. According to the singer Paraguassu (Roque Ricciardi, 1890 - 1876), in the information collected by the late Ary Vasconcellos (Panorama of Brazilian Popular Music in the Belle Époque - Livraria Sant'Anna / RJ, 1977), the boy Mario (son of a nurse from Ceará) , Would have run away from home, coming to Rio de Janeiro. After an unfortunate debut in a circus in the neighborhood of the Piedade, it was successful when presenting with its voice of baritone in the Public Walk.

From 1904, he was hired by Fred Figner, when he recorded in great quantity for the Edison House, Odeon records, such as: modinhas Ave Maria (Fagundes Varela), Minha Lar (Casimiro de Abreu), Que Que É É Ceará, Anacleto de Medeiros), Nightingale And Colibri (Catulo, Ernesto Nazareth), Occult Sentiment (Catulo, Anacleto de Medeiros), Your Name (Catulo, Artur Camilo), A Crazy Day (Catulo); The Waltzes Ai Maria (Eduardo Di Capua, Vicenzo Russo), Albertina (Catulo, João de Almeida); The xote Nair (Eduardo das Neves); The Lundus Chiquinha (Catulo), The Crioulo (Eduardo das Neves); The songs The Bee and the Flower (Catulo, WH Penn), Love and Fear (Casimiro de Abreu), Butterfly (Catulo), Song of the Indian (Carlos Gomes), Invocation to the Star (Catulo, Guilherme Cantalice), New Moon , Ernesto Nazareth), Our Choupana (Catulo), The Kiss (Catulo, Fonseca Costa), The Fadário (Catulo, Anacleto de Medeiros); Dream of Flowers (Catulo, Joventino Rosas), Come Angel (Catulo, Anacleto de Medeiros); Songs Benzinho (Catulo, Anacleto de Medeiros), Como É Bela (Eduardo Di Capua, Vicenzo Russo), and others.

On July 14, 1909, he participated in the inaugural show of the Municipal Theater, performing at Moema opera, in Delgado de Carvalho. He then traveled to the United States, where he recorded countless albums by the label Victor. Then he went to Italy to perfect his voice. He returned to Brazil in 1917, married to a harpist at the Teatro Scala in Milan. He resumed recording at Odeon, and on September 12, 1918, he participated in the São Pedro Theater (where today is the Teatro João Caetano) one night in honor To its main lyricist Catulo da Paixão Cearense.

In the 1920s, with the appearance of new singers, separated from his wife, begins to worsen his financial situation. Considered the greatest popular singer of the first decade of the century, he died in the most complete misery, hospitalized in Afonso Dias Health House, in Rio Comprido. In 1977, on the Coronado / EMI-Odeon label, the important LP Pioneers - Vol. 3 - Mário Pinheiro - Monument Series of Brazilian Popular Music was released, recordings performed at 78 rpm, still in the mechanical phase, between 1904 and 1920 , Such as: modinhas The White House of the Mountain (Guimarães Passos, Miguel Emídio Pestana), Fechei O Meu Jardim (Catulo da Paixão Cearense), and the barcarola Gondoleiro do Amor (Castro Alves, Salvador Fábregas).

In 2003, another record of his repertoire is found on the CD History of Odeon: 1902/1920 (EMI label) including the Talento E Formosura (Catulo da Paixão Cearense, Edmundo Octavio Ferreira) and Pequinha (Traditional).

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