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Cyro Monteiro

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Cyro Monteiro (May 28, 1913 Rio de Janeiro - Jul 13, 1973 Rio de Janeiro) was one of the top samba singers and composers of all time. As an amateur singer, Monteiro was invited by Sílvio Caldas to replace Luís Barbosa in his duo in 1933. They performed at the Programa Casé. As Monteiro had to break his duo with his brother, the amateur Careno, he soon regretted the decision and asked Caldas to dismiss him. But in 1934, Monteiro returned to radio, this time to Mayrink Veiga. In 1936, he was promoted to the top cast of the house, together with Carmen Miranda, Francisco Alves, Noel Rosa, Aurora Miranda, Luís Barbosa, Patrício Teixeira, Mário Reis, and others. In 1937, Monteiro left Mayrink Veiga and became a free lancer, performing in all radio stations. He had his big hit then with “Se Acaso Você Chegasse” (Lupicínio Rodrigues/Felisberto Martins), soon recorded (Victor, 1938) with enormous success.

He returned to Mayrink Veiga and married Odete Amaral. In the same year, he became a successful composer, having Dias da Cruz as a regular partner. Their biggest hit was “Madame Fulano de Tal.” He had success in 1939 with “Mania da Falecida” (Ataulfo Alves/Wilson Batista), “Que Vida É Essa?” (Nássara/Roberto Martins); in 1940, with “Beijo Na Boca” (Ciro de Souza/Garcez), “Bonito Papel, Hem?” (Nássara/Dunga), “Tá Maluca?” (Wilson Batista/Germano Augusto); in 1941, with “O Bonde de São Januário” (Ataulfo Alves/Wilson Batista)

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