Master Composers: Emilio Santiago left behind a nice legacy

Image courtesy of

Image courtesy of

Born Emílio Vitalino Santiago on December 6, 1946–he ignored his parents’ request to become a lawyer after attending college at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law during the 1970’s.

Between 1973 and 1984, Emilio mostly was a crooner and did versions of songs made famous by Ivan Lins and Joao Donato.  His big break came in 1988, with the release of the LP “Aquarela Brasileira” (Brazilian Watercolor) by Som Livre, a special project of seven volumes devoted to Brazilian music in general.

In 2000, a DVD was released and he did a live album in 2003.  Sadly, he left this world too soon on March 20, 2013 after suffering a stroke 13 days earlier.

And so, for what on Friday would have been his birthday–here are a few of what I consider his most famous hits:

Similar to the recent death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, Emilio definitely made many of our lives better.  He will forever be missed, but his music and true spirit will always live on.

I plan to wrap up 2013 the same way I did in the final weeks of 2012–by profiling a pair or maybe even a trio of rarely distributed Brazilian jazz Christmas albums.  Hope to see you then.

Tags: , , ,

%d bloggers like this: