Caetano Veloso (born 7 August, 1942) is one of the most popular and influential Brazilian composers and singers.
Veloso was born in Santo Amaro da PurificaÃ§Ã£o, Bahia, the fifth of the seven children born to JosÃ© Telles Veloso ("Seu Zezinho") and Claudionor Vianna Telles Veloso ("Dona CanÃ´"). He chose the name for his baby sister (Veloso's parents's sixth child), named after a famous song of the time (18 June, 1946) by Nelson GonÃ§alves, Maria BethÃ¢nia. His sister preceded him to fame as a singer in the mid-1960s.
He began his career singing bossa nova and he has cited his greatest musical influences from his early period as JoÃ£o Gilberto and Dorival Caymmi. (JoÃ£o Gilberto would say later about Caetano's contribution that it added an intellectual dimension to Brazilian popular music.) But with such musical collaborators Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom ZÃ©, Chico Buarque, and Os Mutantes, and greatly influenced by the later work of The Beatles, developed tropicalismo, which fused Brazilian pop with rock and roll and...