AKA Os Carbonos et al.

Vocal and instrumental group from São Paulo formed by brothers Raul Carezatto Sobrinho (São Paulo SP, 11/2/1946), vocals; Mário Bruno Gonçalves Carezatto (São Paulo SP, 10/4/1941), keyboards; Humberto Carezatto Sobrinho (São Paulo SP, 11/2/1946, Raul’s twin brother), bass; Antonio Carlos de Abreu (São Paulo SP, 12/6/1946, brother of soap opera writer Silvio de Abreu and son of composer Mozart de Abreu), drums, and Ricardo Fernandes de Moraes (São Paulo, SP, 22/10/53), rhythm guitar. The Carezatto brothers are nephews of the other Carezatto brothers who in the 1940s formed succcessful vocal trio Trigêmeos Vocalistas (“Vocalist Triplets”); also, Humberto and Raul’s first names are a tribute to their uncles.

Os Carbonos began their musical career as students of the Liceu Coração de Jesus school, as The Witchcraft, with guitar players Igor Edmundo (born in Guatemala) and Ricardo, which came from another group, The Fireballs; Raul originally was a guitar player, becoming a drummer and then lead singer, when Abreu joined the band. They changed name to Os Quentes and recorded a single for the Mocambo/Rozenblit record company.

In 1966, noted by radialist and producer Carlos Alberto Lopes “Sossego”, they signed a contract with the Beverly record company (which in 1969 would merge with the Copacabana label). At the suggestion by Adiel Macedo de Carvalho, the owner of Beverly, they specialized in note-for-note covers of current hits, a common thing in USA and Europe, but still unusual in Brazil. Also by suggestion from Adiel, they changed their name to Os Carbonos (“The Carbon Paper Men”), because of their ability to reproduce the arrangements of the original songs in a very similar way; they LPs have mostly covers, national and foreign.

They recorded 20 LPs, and also made the instrumental backup for the recordings of most artists at the Copacabana record company, like Paulo Sérgio, Nelson Ned, Wanderley Cardoso, Terry Winter, Morris Albert and João Mineiro e Marciano.

They also recorded successful albums under The Magnetic Sounds name; and, with that name, they backed singer Gilbert and female singer Norma Aguiar (Nalva’s sister) in a successful series of LPs, Super Erótica, in 1972 and 1973 (on the New Records label, also Copacabana-owned). They also recorded as Andróides, The Mackenzie Group, Carbono 14 and other names.

Raul and Mário became producers of independent records by other artists; Raul worked for RGE from 1981 to 1989, producing albums by Los Maneros, The Harmony Cats, Carlos Alexandre and others, with instrumental backup by Os Carbonos.

Os Carbonos also dedicated themselves, for 15 years, to the dance circuit, specially in the North/Northeast area, being one of the greatest bands in the genre, and now they backed romantic singer Gilliard in records and concerts; Ricardo is also a guitar player for Amado Batista. Nowadays, Os Carbonos have their own recording studio.

Edited by Timber-Yak on 7 Jul 2008, 09:09

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