Benito Di Paula
Benito Di Paula
He was a crooner in nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro, and then continued playing at the São Paulo nights. He began his career by the label Copacabana in the early 70's. His musical style is known as "samba jóia" by combining the traditional samba with piano, romantic and jazzy arrangements and good vibes (jóia). His first album "Benito Di Paula" in 1971, was censured for bringing the song "Apesar de Você" by Chico Buarque.
His second LP, "Ela" also has brought great success. But burst the charts with the third, "Um Novo Samba" which had appeared on the cover with his long beard and hair, numerous chains, earrings, bracelets, etc.. The great success of this album was the song "Retalhos de Cetim".
He had many successes throughout his career as "Charlie Brown", "Vai Ficar na Saudade" "Se Não For Amor", "Amigo do Sol, Amigo da Lua" e "Mulher Brasileira". Reaching 70 years, he was competing in sales with LPs with Roberto Carlos, having composed many songs for him.
He commanded the "Benito di Paula e seus convidados - Brasil Som 75" TV show. He has over 35 albums recorded, and an important part of his work is being re-released on CD, due to the success of his songs.
Had part of his story told in the book "Eu Não Sou Cachorro Não" by the historian, journalist and writer from Bahia, Paulo César de Araújo.
After 10 years without recording, Benito di Paula launched in 2009 by EMI Music his second original CD and first live DVD, recorded live in Rio, with his greatest hits, like "Retalhos de Cetim", "Sanfona Branca" e "Charlie Brown".