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. Members of his family now perform in his back-up band. Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). Today, Diamond continues to tour, and still releases new studio and live compilation box sets of his greatest hits, and most recently recorded an album of movie songs. He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes. In 2000, he was awarded the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (CTI). This would be the apex of his recording career.

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. Though the movie was not a blockbuster hit at the box office, the soundtrack was a hugely successful album, spawning the singles "America", "Love On The Rocks", and "Hello Again". 7 in the UK. A movie version of the song (starring Diamond and Streisand) was planned, but plans fell through when Diamond starred in a remake of the Al Jolson classic The Jazz Singer in 1980, opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz. 2 in the pop charts in the US and No. The popularity of the virtual duet motivated Diamond and Streisand to record the real thing, which became a very large hit in 1978. His funky version of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went No. The song was covered by Barbra Streisand on her album Songbird, which led one disc jockey to combine the two in a virtual duet.

His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. In 1977, he released an album I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight, which included the track "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists. In 1976, he released Beautiful Noise, produced by The Band's Robbie Robertson. 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. In 1974, he released the album Serenade (songs: "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before"). 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. In 1973, Diamond hopped labels again, this time to Columbia Records, where he recorded the soundtrack to Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. "Sweet Caroline" has since become a rallying cry of Red Sox Nation, however unlikely this may seem. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang. His sound mellowed, with such songs as "Sweet Caroline" and "Song Sung Blue". His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1970, and signed a deal with MCA Records (then called Uni Records). Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. He signed a deal with Bang! Records, and had a string of singles as the primary performer, including "Kentucky Woman", "Cherry, Cherry", and "Solitary Man".

Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text. When he first auditioned to record, he used the moniker Eice Cherry, but the name did not stick, so he eventually used his real name. Somewhere Out There (1989). He spent his early career as a writer in the Brill Building, and had an early success writing the song "I'm A Believer" for The Monkees. Motion (1985). He learned to play guitar after receiving one as a gift on his 16th birthday. Happy Hour (1982). Diamond was born and raised in Brooklyn, attending high school with Barbra Streisand (and singing with her in the school choir).

Night Cruiser (1980). Neil Diamond (born Neil Leslie Diamond on January 24, 1941) is a singer/songwriter who has had a number of hits in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and who has maintained a very loyal following with popular live performances to this day. Knights of Fantasy (1979). Love Island (1978). Very Together (1976).

First Cuckoo (1975). Artistry (1974). Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974). Whirlwinds (1974).

Deodato 2 (1973). Prelude (1973). Percepção (1972). Inútil Paisagem (1964).

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