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Singer-Songwriter Erasmo Carlos’s Death at 81 Breaks Hearts


Legendary singer and songwriter, Erasmo Carlos’s death was announced on November 22, 2022. The news of his passing was confirmed by his family to the Brazilian newspaper “Globo”.

He had been hospitalized for about one month, had been discharged, and was hospitalized again this Monday. He sadly passed away at the age of 81.

Erasmo Esteves was born on June 5, 1941, in the neighborhood of Tijuca in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. In 1957 he joined Tim Maia‘s band the Os Sputniks with Roberto Carlos.

Singer-Songwriter Erasmo Carlos's Death at 81 Breaks Hearts

He was introduced to Roberto by Arlênio Livy. After a fight between Roberto and Tim, the group disbanded. Arlênio decided to call Carlos and other friends from Tijuca, Robert and José Edson Trindade, known as “China”, to create the vocal group The Boys of Rock.

At the suggestion of Carlos Imperial, the band was renamed The Snakes. They backed both Tim Maia and Roberto in their respective shows.

Roberto needed the lyrics to the song “Hound Dog,” a hit by Elvis Presley. Livy told him Erasmo had the lyrics, as he was a big fan of Presley. Roberto discovered other affinities with Erasmo, as both of them liked Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Nelson, James Dean, and cheering for Vasco da Gama.

As part of The Snakes, Maia taught Erasmo how to play guitar. Erasmo Esteves decided to adopt the name Carlos in his stage name, in honor of Roberto Carlos and Carlos Imperial.

Before going solo, he was also part of the band Renato e Seus Blue Caps. Erasmo participated effectively with Roberto and Wanderléa in the Jovem Guarda television show.

In Jovem Guarda, Erasmo had the nickname “Tremendão” (The Big Tremendous), imitating the style of his idol Elvis Presley. His greatest successes as a singer in this phase were “Festa de arromba” and “Gatinha manhosa.”

Roberto and Erasmo were criticized for singing and writing rock music and being “Americanized”. As a response, “Coqueiro Verde” was the 1st samba rock recorded by Erasmo

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Erasmo Carlos’s Death Confirmed by Family

One of the greatest composers of Brazilian Popular Music Erasmo Carlos passed away in Rio de Janeiro, after being rushed to hospital on Tuesday in Barra da Tijuca.

Roberto Carlos’ eternal partner had been hospitalized in October 2022, to treat edemigenic syndrome, a vascular disease. Erasmo Carlos’s cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

For the first half of the decade, Erasmo’s shows were different from that of the Jovem Guarda movement. Influenced by the hippie culture and soul music, Erasmo released Carlos, Erasmo in 1971.

In the 1970s, he signed with Polydor. The album, which opens with “De Noite na cama”, was written by Caetano Veloso for him. Erasmo begins the 1980s with an ambitious project, which Erasmo called a pioneer project in Brazil

There were 12 songs performed as duets with artists like Maria Bethânia, Wanderléa, A Cor do Som, Nara Leão, Gal Costa, As Frenéticas, Tim Maia, Gilberto Gil, Rita Lee, Jorge Ben, and Caetano Veloso.

After the devastating news of Erasmo Carlos’s death was revealed, his fans and friends expressed their deepest sadness. Many people also took to Twitter to send their tributes to the late artist.

Michael Pooler tweeted: “There goes another great of Brazilian music. RIP Erasmo Carlos, who has died at age 81. His album ‘Carlos, Erasmo’ is a classic of MPB.”

Álvaro Pereira Júnior wrote: “Hi, @kcrw and @mbeKCRW, Erasmo Carlos, Brazilian rock god, passed away this morning. I know you dig his music (have listened to a few of his tracks on KCRW over the years), and figured you might feel like playing one of his songs on the show today. Thanks!”

“Brazil has reportedly lost another music legend, Erasmo Carlos, today. I discovered this gem on one of @domphillips‘ amazing Spotify playlists. RIP, Erasmo,” Tom Phillips tweeted.

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