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Jorge Palma

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Jorge Manuel d’Abreu Palma, known as Jorge Palma (born on June 4, 1950 in Lisbon, Portugal), is a Portuguese singer and songwriter.

Jorge Palma’s solo career started with the release of the single The Nine Billion Names of God with lyrics in English language. After that he spent some time improving his writing skills in Portuguese language with the famous poet José Carlos Ary dos Santos. His first LP, named Com Uma Viagem na Palma da Mão was released in 1975.

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Palma learned to play piano at the same time he learned to read, with only six. With only eight years he performed his first piano audition in the Portuguese National Conservatory.

In 1963, aging 13, Palma finished second in a musical contest in Majorca, Spain. At the same time he continued his studies, first in the Camões highschool and next in a school in Abrantes. The next year, 1964, marked a turning point in Palma’s musical style, after leaving his classical influences he started to play rock’n’roll and taught himself to play guitar.

In 1969 he joined the hard rock band Sindikato while he continued his studies in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. The presence in the band gave him the opportunity to play in the very 1st edition of the Vilar de Mouros Festival, in 1971. In that same year, aided by some friends, like Rão Kyao, João Maló, Rui Cardoso and Vítor Mamede he started to write lyrics and composing songs, in the end he recorded, with Sindikato, an album with a single and album of covers.

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