Biography of Baden Powell (1937-2000)

Brazilian musician born on August 6, 1937 in Varre-e-Sai, a small town next to Rio de Janeiro and died on 26 August 2000 in the own Rio de Janeiro.

Raised in a curious family in which the father, Lilio of Aquino, was manufacturer of shoes and musician in the municipal band. He/She decided to put the name of the founder of the famous boy-scouts, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, his son although only stayed with the last part of the name (Robert Baden Powell de Aquino). Still a child, he/she studied guitar with Meira (the head of the Group Pixinguinha), who inherited his peculiar and attractive style; only ten years old, it was already known, and from the eleven, began to play on the radio or in bars and clubs, both classical and traditional Brazilian music and jazz pieces.

In 1959, he/she created his first big success, sad Samba, with lyrics by Billy white. He/She soon got in touch with Tom Jobim and Silvia Telles, although even more decisive in his career was the encounter with the father of the bossa, Vinícius de Moraes, in 1961; Thereafter, they began to create which are known for afrosambas, in which weighs extraordinarily candombe. All titles composed, notably his Canto de Ossanha (his collaboration with Elis Regina in this composition is shocking), Samba em prelude, the Samba da bencao or Consolação; in particular, the third became famous thanks to its French translation and incorporation into the soundtrack of a man and a woman, famed film by Claude Lelouch. Of extraordinary importance was staying at Bay in 1964, because its atmosphere offered new and powerful inspiration for composing some of his most famous pieces of music.

The number of their albums is very high, some engravings in Brazil; others, in France, and still others elsewhere in Europe and North America. During his career, he/she played with saxophonist Stan Getz, the pianist Thelonious Monk , and the violinist Stéphane Grappelli, among a long list of international musicians. The end of their days is the album, recorded with his son Philippe (on piano) and Louis-Marcel (on guitar) in 1996, under the title of Baden Powell & Filhos; During those years, appeared multiple compilations of hits, such as music or melhor da Música of Baden-Powell (1998).

In 1999, saw the light a biography of this musician under the title O violão vadio of Baden Powell, in which he/she realizes his life, his alcoholism and membership to the Evangelical Church. He/She lived in France from the 1960s (in particular, since their triumph in Cannes in 1966) until 1983 (in Paris was the last ten years), in which he/she went to the German city of Baden-Baden, died in Rio de Janeiro on August 26, 2000.

Links on the Internet ; List of their discography which aims to the completeness (shown the titles on each disc).