Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Marcos Valle
Album:The Best Of Marcos Valle: Carioca Soul
Marcos Valle is one of the all time greats of Brazilian music. He started out as a songwriter and then performer in the second wave of Bossa Nova of the 60s and developed into a major force as a performer, writer and producer. He's moved to the US a couple of times but got homesick and returned to Brazil. He was born Sept. 14, 1943 in Rio de Janeiro and studied classical music as a child. In the early 60s, he began writing songs with his brother Paulo and The Tamba Trio had a hit with their song Sonho de Maria in 1962. This led to a contract with EMI and his debut album Samba Demais was released in 1964. Valle went on tour to the US with Sergio Mendes and was a big part of the development of Brasil '66. His song So Nice (Summer Samba) was a top 40 hit for Walter Wanderley in 1966. He recorded a couple of US albums for Warner Bros. but he got homesick and returned to Brazil. Os Grilos is from his 1970 album Marcos Valle and is probably one of his best known songs. He also worked in TV in Brazil. The miltary dictatorship in Brazil forced Valle to move to the US in 1975. And though he never recorded any of his own albums while in the US, he worked extensively with R & B artist Leon Ware. He returned to Brazil in 1981 and continues to record today. His latest CD Estatica was released earlier this year. This CD from the British label Far Out is a good intro to his music. Marcos Valle should be of interest to fans of Brazilian music. Here's Marcos Valle with Nara Leao performing Os Grilos from the DVD BossaCucaNova.