Vinicius de Moraes
1913 to 1980
October 19, 1913 in Rio de Janeiro
July 9, 1980
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vinicius de Moraes, o poetinha ("the little poet"), (October 19, 1913 -- July 9, 1980), born Marcus Vinicius da Cruz de Melo Morais in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian music (mpb. As a poet, he wrote lyrics for a great number of songs that became all-time classics. He was also a composer, a playwright, a diplomat and, as an interpreter of his own songs, he left several important albums. From a musical family, Vinicius began writing poetry early in life. At the age of 14, he became friends with the brothers Paulo and Haroldo Tapajós and, with the latter, composed "Loura ou Morena", his first song.
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Vinicius de Moraes January 1, 2013