Elis Regina

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Elis Regina Carvalho Costa, 17 March 1945, Porto Alegre, Brazil, d. 19 January 1982, São Paulo, Brazil. Regarded as one of the finest singers from Brazil, Elis Regina attained legendary status in her native country before her death at age 36. For nearly two decades she was among the most popular performers in Brazil, and while a fierce dedication to her profession brought the fame and adulation that she seemed to crave, it also contributed to the personal clashes that ultimately cast a sense of tragedy over her life. Her reputation as a first-rate interpreter brought associations with the leading songwriters of the day, both established composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and those of the generation that emerged in the 60s - Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo and others. Her early success, singing on local radio and at the age of 15 making her first record, quickly launched her beyond the modest surroundings of her upbringing. At 18 she left her small home town...

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