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Sergio Ricardo

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Sérgio Ricardo (João Lutfi - 6/18/1932 Marília, SP) is a fundamental figure in Brazilian history, not only musical. As a musician, composer, movie maker and writer he deeply influenced Brazilian culture.
At eight, he started his piano studies at the local conservatory, soon beginning to play around. At 17, he moved to São Vicente, SP, where he did several jobs at Rádio Cultura. Following a short stint as a pianist at the Recreinho Prainha nightclub in the same city, in 1952, he moved to Rio to work at Rádio Vera Cruz. When Tom Jobim left his gig at a Posto 5 Copacabana nightclub to work as an arranger for Continental, Ricardo subbed for him and he became friends with Jobim, João Gilberto, and Johnny Alf. As a pianist during a time where there was a frenetic need for that professional, he worked everyday in the best nightclubs of Rio, São Paulo, and Santos. He left his regular studies and made great efforts to enroll at the Escola Nacional de Música for two years and two more years of harmony and counterpoint with a private teacher; both courses were abandoned incomplete. Having composed a good deal of songs, he also became a singer. Still, as João Lutfi, he became one of the most-requested crooners of that time. In 1957, he recorded his first 78 rpm through RGE, soon followed by another.

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