Vinicius de Moraes
1913 to 1980
October 19, 1913 in Rio de Janeiro
July 9, 1980
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes (October 19, 1913 – July 9, 1980), also known as Vinícius de Moraes (Portuguese pronunciation: [viˈnisjus dʒi ˈmoɾajs]) and nicknamed O Poetinha ("The little poet"), was a Brazilian poet, lyricist, essayist and playwright who became a seminal figure in modern Brazilian music and literature. He served as a national diplomat, composed his own bossa nova music and, as an interpreter of his own lyrics, recorded several significant albums.
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Vinicius de Moraes January 1, 2013