Tuesday, August 23, 2011

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Beth Carvalho

Artist:Beth Carvalho
Song:Vou Festejar

Along with Clara Nunes and Alcione, Beth Carvalho was one of Brazil's most popular sambistas of the 70s and 80s. She's still performing today but mostly as a nostalgia act. A lot of folks tell me they like Brazilian music but they don't know the artists. Beth was born May 5, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in a middle class family in Rio's South Zone. Her father was a lawyer. She learned to play guitar as a teen and became involved with the 60s bossa nova movement. She performed with Tiberio Gaspar, Conjunto 3-D and Eduardo Conte. She got more into samba and won a TV song contest at age 19 that led to a contract with RCA Records. For the most part, Beth has recorded with RCA her entire career. By the 70s, she had hits with songs like So Quero Ver, Amor, Amor and Saco de Fejiao that became samba standards. Beth liked to support young songwriters. The 1978 hit Vou Festejar is a good example of that. That is an early song written by Jorge Aragao. She recorded several of his songs and he became a recording star in the 80s and into the 90s. She did the same for several songwriters. Beth Carvalho's popularity sagged a bit in the 90s. But she still performs and records and is considered a legend of Brazilian music, especially samba. This 2005 Sony comp is a good intro to her music. Here's Beth Carvalho performing Vou Festejar 1978.

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