Victor Gomes

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MOV 20297 Victor Gomes - O Regresso do Rei do Rock album art Victor Gomes O Regresso do Rei do Rock (Album) Movieplay MOV 20297 Portugal 1993 Sell This Version

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MEL. 2-077 Victor Gomes - Juntos Outra Vez album art Victor Gomes Juntos Outra Vez (EP) FF MEL. 2-077 Portugal 1967 Sell This Version
DIR 006 Victor Gomes - Stop album art Victor Gomes Stop(7", Single) Directions DIR 006 France 1989 Sell This Version


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August 4, 2010
Known for his Tarzan-like moves and his taste for black leather, Victor Gomes was considered Portugal's "supreme rocker". Part of the triad of the fathers of Portuguese rock'n'roll along with Zeca do Rock and Joaquim Costa, Victor Gomes started his singing career at the tender age of seven in a choir, after being abandoned by his parents in Mozambique. Working on boats he travelled across the world, he fell in love with American tobacco and the wild sounds coming out of jukeboxes at the parlours.

Back in Lourenço Marques, he formed his band with other greasy rockers. He easily won the local musical contests and at the age of 17 (in 1957) become a teen idol and a teenage father...After a short career as a hunter to feed his family he soon got fed up of that life and returned to the stages. Invited by a Portuguese actor to head to Lisbon, he managed to make a stop in Angola where he became the "King of Rock" between 1961 and 1963.

When he finally arrived in Lisbon with just a piece of paper with name of the place where he should try his luck, he soon found a back up band, Os Gatos Negros" (the black cats). Sneaking, full of "aguardente" (very strong Portuguese booze), into a benefit concert where faces from the Portuguese movie and musical scene were performing, they managed - in 20 minutes only! - to become a local legend. They were then known as the wildest event around, with Victor Gomes breaking the mic stands but still they managed to get contracts as house-bands, some airplay (as the legendary Ritmo performance) and even parts on some films! Although he never recorded an actual album with Os Gatos Negros (because he refused not only to sing in Portuguese but also to do cover songs) he did record a 7" with Os Siderais that was a hit and gave him the heartbreaker status with the song "Juntos outra vez " ("Together again"). He then went back to Africa to sing to the soldiers and especially to the female section of the Army and, among other adventures, ended up in jail.

After some years and back in Portugal he pursued a career doing sculpture work for hotels and bars across the Algarve. Due to health problems related to his trade, he returned to the stages where he still occasionally performs.

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