Elis Regina

Elis Regina Carvalho, born March 17, 1945, and died January 19, 1982. She was born in Porto Alegre Brazil. At age 11, she started her singing career on Radio Farroupilha, a children’s radio station. In 1965, she won her first festival song contest singing “Arrastao” (The Trawling net)-by Vinicius De Moraes and Edu Lobo. Gilberto Gil was among the musicians she recorded. She recorded songs by Milton Nascimento and Joao Bosco. She was a dynamic singer with a great intonation and excelled in up-tempo numbers. Her nickname was “furacao”, which means “the hurricane” and “pimentinha”, which means “little pepper”. Elis Regina, 36, died from a cocaine overdose at her home in 1982. She had previously recorded numerous top-selling records. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.

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