Paulinho Da Viola

Real Name:
Paulo César Batista De Faria
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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 the guitar player César Faria 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 recognized 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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XRLP-5.298 Paulinho Da Viola - Samba Na Madrugada album art Paulinho Da Viola E Elton Medeiros Paulinho Da Viola E Elton Medeiros - Samba Na Madrugada (Album) RGE XRLP-5.298 Brazil 1966 Sell This Version
MOFB-3560 Paulinho Da Viola - Paulinho Da Viola album art Paulinho Da Viola Paulinho Da Viola (Album) Odeon MOFB-3560 Brazil 1968 Sell This Version
MOFB 3629 Paulinho Da Viola - Foi Um Rio Que Passou Em Minha Vida album art Paulinho Da Viola Foi Um Rio Que Passou Em Minha Vida (Album) Odeon MOFB 3629 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
SMOFB 3700 Paulinho Da Viola - Paulinho Da Viola album art Paulinho Da Viola Paulinho Da Viola (Album) Odeon SMOFB 3700 Brazil 1971 Sell This Version
MOFB 3670, SMOFB 3670 Paulinho Da Viola - Paulinho Da Viola album art Paulinho Da Viola Paulinho Da Viola (Album) Odeon, Odeon MOFB 3670, SMOFB 3670 Brazil 1971 Sell This Version
SMOFB-3718, SMOFB 3718 Paulinho Da Viola - A Dança Da Solidão album art Paulinho Da Viola A Dança Da Solidão (Album) Odeon, Odeon SMOFB-3718, SMOFB 3718 Brazil 1972 Sell This Version
107.9052 Paulinho Da Viola - Roda De Samba album art Paulinho Da Viola E O Conjunto A Voz Do Morro* Paulinho Da Viola E O Conjunto A Voz Do Morro* - Roda De Samba(LP, RE) RCA Camden 107.9052 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
SMOFB-3797, SMOFB 3797 Paulinho Da Viola - Nervos De Aço album art Paulinho Da Viola Nervos De Aço (Album) Odeon, Odeon SMOFB-3797, SMOFB 3797 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
107.9069 Paulinho Da Viola - Roda De Samba Volume 2 album art Paulinho Da Viola E O Conjunto A Voz Do Morro* Paulinho Da Viola E O Conjunto A Voz Do Morro* - Roda De Samba Volume 2(LP, Album) RCA Camden 107.9069 Brazil 1974 Sell This Version
XT-80094 Paulinho Da Viola - Paulinho Da Viola album art Paulinho Da Viola Paulinho Da Viola (Album) Odeon, Odeon XT-80094 Argentina 1975 Sell This Version
6414 Paulinho Da Viola - Memórias 1 Cantando album art Paulinho Da Viola Memórias 1 Cantando (Album) Odeon, Odeon 6414 Argentina 1976 Sell This Version
2S068-82435 Paulinho Da Viola - Memórias 2 Chorando album art Paulinho Da Viola Memórias 2 Chorando (Album) Odeon, Odeon 2S068-82435 France 1976 Sell This Version
31C 062 421133D Paulinho Da Viola - Paulinho Da Viola album art Paulinho Da Viola Paulinho Da Viola (Album) EMI, Odeon 31C 062 421133D Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
31C 262 421182 Paulinho Da Viola - Zumbido album art Paulinho Da Viola Zumbido (Album) Odeon 31C 262 421182 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
WEA B 91.053 Paulinho Da Viola - Paulinho Da Viola album art Paulinho Da Viola Paulinho Da Viola (Album) Atlantic WEA B 91.053 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
10.161 Paulinho Da Viola - A Toda Hora Rola Uma Estoria album art Paulinho Da Viola A Toda Hora Rola Uma Estoria (Album) Atlantic 10.161 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
420101 Paulinho Da Viola - Prisma Luminoso album art Paulinho Da Viola Prisma Luminoso (Album) Atlantic 420101 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
358404010 Paulinho Da Viola - Projeto Almirante album art Radamés Gnattali, Tom Jobim*, Paulinho Da Viola, José Menezes*, Chiquinho do Acordeão*, Camerata Carioca, Brasil Quarteto Radamés Gnattali, Tom Jobim*, Paulinho Da Viola, José Menezes*, Chiquinho do Acordeão*, Camerata Carioca, Brasil Quarteto - Projeto Almirante(LP, Album) Funarte 358404010 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
KLP-KM 4/5 João Pedro Borges, Paulinho Da Viola, Cesar Faria* / Paulo Moura, Raphael Rabello, Jaques Morelenbaum, Zé Da Velha João Pedro Borges, Paulinho Da Viola, Cesar Faria* / Paulo Moura, Raphael Rabello, Jaques Morelenbaum, Zé Da Velha - Brasil Instrumental(2xLP, Album, Gat) Kuarup Discos KLP-KM 4/5 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
KLP-040 Paulinho Da Viola - Noites Cariocas, Ao Vivo No Municipal album art Altamiro Carrilho, Chiquinho do Acordeon, Joel Nascimento, Paulinho Da Viola, Paulo Moura, Paulo Sérgio Santos, Zé Da Velha Altamiro Carrilho, Chiquinho do Acordeon, Joel Nascimento, Paulinho Da Viola, Paulo Moura, Paulo Sérgio Santos, Zé Da Velha - Noites Cariocas, Ao Vivo No Municipal (Album) Kuarup Discos KLP-040 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
9841-2-RL Paulinho Da Viola - Eu Canto Samba album art Paulinho Da Viola Eu Canto Samba (Album) RCA Victor 9841-2-RL US 1989 Sell This Version
55.834 Paulinho Da Viola - Brazil: Samba E Choro Negro album art Paulinho Da Viola & Ensemble* Brazil: Samba E Choro Negro(CD, Album) Network Medien 55.834 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
74321520742 Paulinho Da Viola - Bebadosamba album art Paulinho Da Viola Bebadosamba (Album) RCA 74321520742 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
7432152804-2 Paulinho Da Viola - Bebadachama - Gravado Ao Vivo album art Paulinho Da Viola Bebadachama - Gravado Ao Vivo(2xCD, Album) RCA, RCA Victor 7432152804-2 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
7432171503-2 Paulinho Da Viola - Sinal Aberto album art Toquinho, Paulinho Da Viola Toquinho, Paulinho Da Viola - Sinal Aberto(2xCD, Album) BMG Brasil 7432171503-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version