Paulinho Da Viola

Paulo César Batista de Faria

Also known as Da Viola, P. Da Viola, Paulinho, Paulinho Da Viaola, Paulinho da Viola
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Discography of Paulinho Da Viola:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Perfil 14 Audio 2003 Som Livre
2 Paulinho Da Viola 11 Audio 1975 Odeon
3 Samba Na Madrugada 20 Audio 2001 Rym Musique
4 Foi Um Rio Que Passou Em Minha Vida 11 Audio 1970 Odeon
5 Foi Um Rio Que Passou Na Minha Vida 13 Audio 1996 EMI
6 Paulinho Da Viola 13 Audio 1996 EMI Music (Brazil)
7 A Dança Da Solidão 12 Audio 1996 EMI
8 Paulinho Da Viola 12 Audio 1996 EMI Music (Brazil)
9 Memorias Cantando 12 Audio 1996 EMI Music (Brazil)
10 Memorias Chorando 11 Audio 1996 EMI Music (Brazil)
11 Paulinho Da Viola 12 Audio 1996 EMI Music (Brazil)
12 Nervos De Aço 10 Audio 1973 Odeon
13 Paulinho Da Viola 12 Audio 1981 Atlantic
14 Projeto Fanzine 14 Audio 1990 WEA
15 Eu Canto Samba 12 Audio 2007 Sony BMG
16 A Dança Da Solidão 12 Audio 1975 EMI
17 Lapa Em Três Tempos 2 Audio 1971 Odeon
18 Zumbido 12 Audio 1979 Odeon
19 Sinal Fechado / Foi Um Rio Que Passou Em Minha Vida / Ruas Que Sonhei / Nada De Novo 4 Audio 1969 Odeon
20 O Talento De Paulinha Da Viola 28 Audio 1985
21 Paulinho Da Viola 12 Audio 1978
22 Memorias Cantando 12 Audio 1976 EMI
23 Memorias Cantando 12 Audio 1976 Odeon
24 Paulinho Da Viola 12 Audio 1971 Odeon
25 Paulinho Da Viola 12 Audio 1971
26 Prisma Luminoso 12 Audio 1983 Atlantic
27 Dez Anos 14 Audio 1985 Odeon
28 Paulinho Da Viola 12 Audio 1968 Odeon
29 A Toda Hora Rola Uma Estoria 10 Audio 1982 Atlantic
30 Memórias Chorando 11 Audio 1976 Odeon
31 Foi Um Rio Que Passou Em Minha Vida / Nada De Nôvo 2 Audio 1970 Odeon
32 Samba Na Madrugada 20 Audio 2002 Som Livre
33 Nova História Da MPB 8 Audio 1976 Abril Cultural
34 Paulinho Da Viola 28 Audio 2000 EMI
35 Eu Canto Samba 12 Audio 1989
36 Coração Leviano 14 Audio 1985 Odeon
37 Dez Anos 14 Audio 1985 Odeon
38 Paulinho Da Viola For Café Après-Midi 25 Audio 2004-05-25 Odeon
39 Zumbido 12 Audio 1996 EMI
40 Bebadosamba 14 Audio 1996 BMG Brasil Ltda.
41 Dois Momentos - Serie Momentos Vol. 10 22 Audio 2000 WEA
42 Grandes Mestres Da MPB 15 Audio 1997 WEA Music Brasil Ltda.
43 Meus Momentos 32 Audio 1999 EMI Brasil
44 Projeto Almirante 9 Audio 1985 Funarte
45 Samba Na Madrugada 21 Audio 1968 Premier (2)

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1942), to a family deeply rooted in the samba tradition, Paulinho met and befriended much of Rio's samba elite as a child. His father was a guitar player and musicians like Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim would often come to his house for rehearsals, which Paulinho watched for hours on end. After the rehearsals, Paulinho would pick up his father's guitar and strum the few chords he knew. Later, as a teenager, he was frequently seen at jams at Jacob do Bandolim's house, quietly and attentively observing the older, more experienced musicians. He began writing his own songs as a teenager, but never considered a career as a professional musician until he met poet Hermínio Bello de Carvalho in 1964. By then, Paulinho was working as a teller at a bank in Rio de Janeiro, and recognised Hermínio from the jam sessions at Jacob do Bandolim's house. The two became close friends and soon began writing music together. The first song they wrote together was Duvide-o-dó, recorded by singer Isaurinha Garcia. He then began performing his own songs at a restaurant in Rio, owned by samba legend Cartola and his wife.

He got his famous nickname in 1965, when he was a member of the samba group A Voz do Morro (the voice of the hills), alongside Zé Keti and Oscar Bigode. After their first recording session, a publicist from the record label reportedly told him "'Paulo César' is not a samba name!". Zé Keti and journalist Sérgio Cabral eventually came up with the nickname "Paulinho da Viola" (something to the lines of "Guitar Paul").

By the 1970s, Paulinho was at the most prolific stage of his career, releasing an average of one album per year. He was already a household name in samba, choro and MPB circles and broadened his audience by touring all over Brazil and also playing at festivals in Europe and the US. His productivity and popularity had waned by the mid-80s, when he decided to focus more on his songwriting. In 1996 he regained notoriety after releasing the much-acclaimed album Bebadosamba, in which he once again joined forces with Hermínio Bello de Carvalho and Elton Medeiros, his early songwriting partners.

He still lives in Rio de Janeiro and performs around Brazil.

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