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One of the best of the early bossa nova songwriters, Carlos Lyra also revealed a pleasantly intimate voice that made him a parallel to João Gilberto (he also wrote many songs for Gilberto's early recordings). The Verve collection Pure Bossa Nova is rather brief, including only 14 songs (and only ten performed by Lyra himself), but it does include some of his best work of the '60s: "Você e Eu," "Maria Ninguém," and "Tem Dó de Mim." Aside from Carlos Lyra's performances, the collection also includes versions of Lyra songs by Caetano Veloso, Nara Leão, Sylvia Telles, and Wilson Simonal.

Biography

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most important artists of the bossa nova movement, Carlos Lyra was also an intellectual behind the movement, forging new directions like the protest song. Lyra wrote some of the best moments of the bossa nova on his own or together with illustrious partners like Vinícius de Moraes. With Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra created a guitar academy that became a meeting point for future artists like Edu Lobo, Marcos Valle, Nara Leão, and Ronaldo Bôscoli. In 1954, Geraldo Vandré interpreted his...
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