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. The following were all released on the A&M Records label. Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). Finally in 1997, Gary Cherone joined with Van Halen for their album called Van Halen 3, issued in 1998, and he left Van Halen in 1999-2000. He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes. Extreme disbanded in 1996. (CTI). The subsequent record Waiting for the Punchline, released on February 7, 1995, containing the singles "Hip Today", "Unconditionally", and "Cynical" was even less successful than III Sides to Every Story.

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His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. The subsequent single, Hole Hearted, also an acoustic and sweetly-sung tune was also successful, rising to Number 4 on the same popular music chart. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists. It later became a huge smash, hitting Number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the United States. 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. The acoustic ballad "More than Words" entered the Hot 100 on March 23, 1991, at Number 81. 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. Neither single was successful, and album had fallen off the charts when A&M sent the third single to a number of radio stations in Arizona.

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. "Decadent Dance" and "Get the Funk Out" were released as singles. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang. It revolved around a loose concept, following the path of young boy Francis as he wandered through a decadent, degraded and corrupt society. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. The record, which showcased Bettencourt's extraordinary guitar-playing prowess, was an ambitious and complex mixture of funk, pop and glam metal sounds. Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. Michael Wagener, who had previously worked with Dokken and White Lion was engaged to produce Extreme II Pornograffitti 1990.

Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text. Moderate sales of Extreme's first record were enough to support a second album. Somewhere Out There (1989).
. Motion (1985). The first single was "Kid Ego", a song that Cherone would later admit made him cringe. Happy Hour (1982). In 1988, the band signed to A&M Records and recorded their self-titled debut which was issued in 1989.

Night Cruiser (1980). The band had accumulated approximately 55 songs by the time A&R director Bryan Huttenhower signed them to A&M Records. Knights of Fantasy (1979). The band gradually developed a strong local following, and was named "Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Act" at the Boston Music Awards in 1986 and 1987. Love Island (1978). Cherone and Bettencourt began writing songs together and played numerous shows in the Boston area. Very Together (1976). Following an altercation between the rival groups over communal dressing rooms Cherone, Geary, Bettencourt and Badger decided to form a new band.

First Cuckoo (1975). Vocalist Gary Cherone was in a band with drummer Paul Geary, whilst guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was in a band with bassist Pat Badger. Artistry (1974). Extreme was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974).
. Whirlwinds (1974). Being asked about their style, Extreme categorized their music as 'Funky Metal'.

Deodato 2 (1973). Some of Extreme's influences, Queen and Van Halen, are easily apparent from their music's multi-part vocal harmonies and electric guitar tone and virtuoso techniques. Prelude (1973). Extreme was an American funk metal / hard rock band which achieved popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Percepção (1972). See also Extreme value, Extreme sports, Extremophile. Inútil Paisagem (1964). Running Gag (1995).

Waiting for the Punchline (1995). III Sides to Every Story (1992). Pornograffiti (1990). Extreme (1989).

Michael Mangini. Paul Geary. Gary Cherone. Nuno Bettencourt.

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