Brazilian singer Cauby Peixoto dead at 85

Internationally famed Brazilian singer Cauby Peixoto has died of pneumonia in the city of Sao Paulo, local media reported Monday. He was 85.

By EFE

The artist was admitted last May 9 to n on the south side of Sao Paulo for treatment after showing symptoms of pneumonia.

In the course of his 60-year career, Cauby Peixoto sang numbers by some of the leading composers of his time, including “Conceição” by Jair Amorim and Dunga, “New York, New York” by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and “Blue Gardenia” by Bob Russell and Lester Lee.

Known as one of Brazil’s all-time top vocalists, Cauby Peixoto was also famous as much for his extravagant garb as for his talent for singing in different languages.

Born in 1931 in the Rio de Janeiro municipality of Niteroi of a family of musicians, Cauby Peixoto was gifted with a velvety voice that won him the chance to record his first disc, “Sala Branca,” in 1951.

His success in Brazil was echoed in the United States, to the extent that on occasions he shared the stage with stars of such renown as Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

Despite his age, the artist had been on a concert tour of Brazil together with songstress Angela Maria – a tour significantly named “120 Years of Music” and with which both vocalists were celebrating their 60-year musical careers. EFE

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