Eumir Deodato

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Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang.

Brazil

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. He is a musical autodidact, starting with the accordion at age 12 but rapidly learning instrumental and orchestral skills that culminated in his first recording session at age 17. Originally working as pianist and arranger in the Rio bossa nova scene, he rapidly outgrew this and, along with many other Brazilian musicians during the military dictatorship in their country, moved to New York, working with composer Luis Bonfa and later with producer Creed Taylor as an arranger. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists.

Recording career

His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. His funky version of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went No. 2 in the pop charts in the US and No. 7 in the UK.

His second album Deodato 2 however, despite being of the same style and quality, failed to meet sales expectations, and practically lead to the demise of the record label, Creed Taylor Inc. (CTI). He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes.

Producer

Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). In all, he has produced 500 albums, 15 of which have reached platinum, in addition to scoring a number of films.

Discography

  • Inútil Paisagem (1964)
  • Percepção (1972)
  • Prelude (1973)
  • Deodato 2 (1973)
  • Whirlwinds (1974)
  • Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974)
  • Artistry (1974)
  • First Cuckoo (1975)
  • Very Together (1976)
  • Love Island (1978)
  • Knights of Fantasy (1979)
  • Night Cruiser (1980)
  • Happy Hour (1982)
  • Motion (1985)
  • Somewhere Out There (1989)

Sources

  • Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text

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In all, he has produced 500 albums, 15 of which have reached platinum, in addition to scoring a number of films. He is also remembered as a major character in the documentary homage Divine Trash (1998) by Steve Yeager, covering the life and work of John Waters. Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). Divine died from an enlarged heart. He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes. "Glenn was born before civil rights, gay rights, or women's rights...God doesn't want people created out of a Xerox machine...The tragedy is that Glenn was cut off right at the point of becoming who he really was, and the world will never see how that flower could have unfolded."
—Reverend Leland Higginbotham in his Eulogy at Divine's funeral; Baltimore, Maryland, March, 1988. (CTI). In the 1980s, Glenn's music was a hit through America, Europe, and Australia. His music had progressive house techno beats with energizing lyrics that appealed to synth boppers.

His second album Deodato 2 however, despite being of the same style and quality, failed to meet sales expectations, and practically lead to the demise of the record label, Creed Taylor Inc. Repeating their successful pairing in Polyester, in 1985 Divine appeared opposite Tab Hunter in their bigger hit Lust in the Dust. 7 in the UK. Divine starred in a number of films, and was particularly well known as being part of the regular crew known as the Dreamlanders that appeared in many of John Waters earlier works such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Polyester, and Hairspray. 2 in the pop charts in the US and No. John Waters was a childhood friend who he met while living there. His funky version of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went No. Born to Bernard and Diana Francis Milstead, at the age of 12 the family moved to Lutherville, a suburb of Baltimore.

His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 Towson, Maryland - March 7, 1988) was better known by his drag persona Divine. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists. ISBN 1555835945. Originally working as pianist and arranger in the Rio bossa nova scene, he rapidly outgrew this and, along with many other Brazilian musicians during the military dictatorship in their country, moved to New York, working with composer Luis Bonfa and later with producer Creed Taylor as an arranger. Los Angeles: Alyson Books. He is a musical autodidact, starting with the accordion at age 12 but rapidly learning instrumental and orchestral skills that culminated in his first recording session at age 17. My Son Divine.

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. Milstead, Frances; Heffernan, Kevin; and Yeager, Steve (2001). Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang. ISBN 0-671-88467-0. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. New York: Fireside. Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. Not Simply Divine.

Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text. Jay, Bernard (1994). Somewhere Out There (1989). "Walk Like a Man" (1985). Motion (1985). "I'm So Beautiful" (1984). Happy Hour (1982). "You Think You're a Man" (1984).

Night Cruiser (1980). "Shake It Up" (1983). Knights of Fantasy (1979). "Love Reaction" (1983). Love Island (1978). "Shoot Your Shot" (1982). Very Together (1976). "Native Love (Step by Step)" (1982).

First Cuckoo (1975). The Best of Divine (1997) (compilation). Artistry (1974). The Originals and the Remixes (1996) (2 CD compilation). Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974). Shoot Your Shot (1995). Whirlwinds (1974). Born to Be Bad (1995) (live).

Deodato 2 (1973). The 12" Collection (1993) (compilation). Prelude (1973). The Best Of & The Rest Of (1989) (compilation). Percepção (1972). Maid In England (1988). Inútil Paisagem (1964). The Story So Far (1984).

Jungle Jezebel (1982). My First Album (1982). Out of the Dark (1989). Hairspray (1988).

Lust in the Dust (1985). Trouble in Mind (1985). Polyester (1981). Female Trouble (1974).

Pink Flamingos (1972) (aka John Waters' Pink Flamingos). Multiple Maniacs (1970). The Diane Linkletter Story (1969). Mondo Trasho (1969).

Eat Your Makeup (1968).

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