Roberto Carlos Braga, 19 April 1941, Cachoeiro de Itapemerim, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Today Carlos is a Latin pop superstar whose stranglehold on glossy, romantic ballads is rivalled only by Julio Iglesias. Back in the 60s, however, he was a Brazilian rocker par excellence. With a mix of original songs and American hits sung in Portuguese, Carlos rode up the charts to be crowned the King, a title he still bears today. In his teens he formed his first group, the Sputniks, with Tim Maia, who later became a pioneer of Brazilian soul and funk, but the band was short-lived. In 1959, Carlos recorded his first single João E Maria. In 1962, songwriter/childhood friend Erasmo Carlos introduced him to his new version of Splish Splash and the duo, known simply as Roberto-Erasmo, started to attract attention. By the time Carlos released 1964s É Proibido Fumar, he was already a well-known figure, and the...
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