Today in 1941 the bossa nova king Sergio Mendes was born in Rio de Janeiro. Mendes’ career has spanned 50 years and he has been awarded with multiple awards including three Grammys and a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Mendes is a multi-talent known as a producer, composer and vocalist. He has collaborated musically with a list of whose who.
In 2012 he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song for his music in the animated hit Rio. The Brazilian executive produced the movie and crafted five songs for the movie. Mendes is considered one of the most successful musical exports from Brazil with most of his 35 albums receiving critical acclaim. One of his early singles, Mas Que Nada, made history by becoming the first time that a song sung entirely in Portuguese became a Billboard pop hit.
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