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. At the end of the year, En Vogue's holiday album The Gift Of Christmas appeared. Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). Meanwhile, Robinson's first solo CD Dawn was released in early 2002. He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes. The next year, "Masterpiece Theater" came out. (CTI). The group's first compilation, The Best Of En Vogue, came to be in the summer of 1999.

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. Before it was issued in 1997, they contributed one of the CD's tracks "Don't Let Go (Love)" to the "Set It Off" soundtrack, which became a #2 single. 7 in the UK. The rest over En Vogue went on to record EV3. 2 in the pop charts in the US and No. Dissatisfied with the treatment of the group's props and royalties, Robinson left the group for a solo career in 1996, but she joined Tony! Toni! Toné!'s Raphael Saadiq and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad to form the group Lucy Pearl before that. His funky version of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went No. Ellis made her solo debut with the release of "Southern Gal" in 1995.

His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. The group took a three-year recess from recording as a group before their next LP would come out. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists. The group made a television guest appearance on an episode of the series "A Different World" and played hookers in the 1995 film Batman Forever. 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. They struck an endorsement deal to be in a Sprite commercial, won awards at the Soul Train and Lady of Soul Awards shows. 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. En Vogue opened doors for future girl groups as the first black female New Jack R&B group to appear on the front cover of Vogue magazine.

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. Another LP, Runaway Love, came out that year. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang. They returned to the top ten again in 1993, backing the female pop-rap trio Salt-N-Pepa on their hit "Whatta Man". His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. The first three singles, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" (a remake of one of Aretha Franklin's songs and borrowed from Curtis Mayfield), and "Free Your Mind" (using George Clinton's chorus line with permission), all reached the top ten. Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. Though the group is influenced mainly by the genre R&B, other influences include pop, rap, reggae, and rock.

Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text. The 1992 sophomore attempt "Funky Divas" was more successful than the first, going multi-platinum and garnering positive reviews. Somewhere Out There (1989). A notable feature of the group is that they all shared in singing lead, purposely designating no particular singer as the "star." Herron appeared in the film Juice (1992) between albums. Motion (1985). Some have compared En Vogue to The Supremes. Happy Hour (1982). A remix album, "Remix To Sing" followed later within the next year.

Night Cruiser (1980). The single aided the debut album "Born To Sing", released in 1990, in going platinum. Knights of Fantasy (1979). That first single became a crossover, pop smash hit, reaching #2 on the pop charts and making #1 on the R&B charts. Love Island (1978). But Foster had a better idea,to write and produce an original, answer song called "Hold On". Very Together (1976). The girls liked the catchy,funky beats that it made and thought it would be a great idea to sing the lyrics over them.

First Cuckoo (1975). They were in Foster's car, getting warmed up as they prepared to sing "Who's Lovin' You?" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Suddenly, Foster turned on the drum machine accidentally. Artistry (1974). Before the work and recording of their debut album began, one day, they had a singing session. Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974). The group lived together for a while. Robinson suggested that they enter singing contests to remain active. Whirlwinds (1974). After they found their women, the new group performed a song or two on Foster and McElroy's FM2 album.

Deodato 2 (1973). They shifted to Vogue and ultimately En Vogue after learning of another group having a very similar name. Prelude (1973). Prior to the group's official name, they were primarily called For You. Percepção (1972). The two held auditions and resolved on the official membership of Herron, Jones, Robinson, and Ellis. Inútil Paisagem (1964). They were looking for singers who could display lasciviousness and intelligence, as well as vocal anabasis.

After Foster and McElroy studied various girl groups, they chose to experiment with welding the female R&B/soul group heritage with hip-hop/new jack swing rhythms. Their story began when the production duo brainstormed on the concept of putting together a modern-day, original R&B girl group for the 1990s. The group was formed in Herron's home state, California, in 1988. November 28, 1968, Connecticut), and Terry Ellis (b. September 5, 1966, Texas).

January 16, 1966, New Jersey), Dawn Robinson (b. September 26, 1965, California, United States), Maxine Jones (b. The original members were former Miss Black California Cindy Herron (b. Members of En Vogue:.

En Vogue is an all-female new jack R&B, club/dance, and urban soul vocal quartet assembled by the hit music producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy (formerly of the disco group Club Nouveau). Rhona Bennett. Amanda Cole. Dawn Robinson.

Cindy Herron. Maxine Jones. Terry Ellis.

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