Carlos do Carmo

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Carlos do Carmo, ComIH (born Carlos Manuel de Ascenção de Almeida in Lisbon, Mouraria, on 21 December 1939) is a Portuguese fado singer, one of the finest in the "Lisbon Song". He is the son of another fado singer and fado house owner, Lucília do Carmo (Lucília Nunes de Ascenção do Carmo, born in Portalegre on 4 November 1920 and died in 1999, daughter of Francisco).

In 1976 he won the Portuguese Song Contest, with "Uma flor de verde pinho". The song finished 12th in the Eurovision Song Contest 1976.

His most famous songs are Lágrimas de Orvalho, Lisboa Menina e Moça and Canoas do Tejo. He sang many songs written by songwriters like Ary dos Santos. He helped to open Lisbon fado to other musical influences, like jazz and French music.

He has established his own reputation as a passionate singer of Portuguese folk songs, as well as one of the most distinctive voices in the world. Unfortunately obscured by the international fame of Amália Rodrigues, he remained a national, rather than international, star. He first left Lisbon in his youth, to study hotel management in Switzerland but, with the death of his father Alfredo de Almeida in 1962, do Carmo soon joined his mother to help her run their fado house, the Faia. In 1964 he married Maria Judite de Sousa Leal. Encouraged by his friends' response to his singing, do Carmo soon began to perform at the fado house. While fado remains at the core of his music, do Carmo has used Frank Sinatra-style and...
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