Gal Costa

Real Name:
Maria Da Graça Costa Penna Burgos
Born September 26, 1945 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, is a Brazilian singer of popular music.

Gal Costa was born on September 26, 1945 on Barra, one of the most traditional neighbourhoods of Salvador, to Mariah Costa Penna (d. 1993) and Arnaldo Burgos (d. 1960). During her pregnancy, Mariah spent hours concentrated listening to classical music, as in a ritual, with the intention that her child would become interested in music. Gal never met her father, who died when she was 15 years old.
When she was 10, Gal befriended sisters Sandra and Andréia Gadelha, future wives of singer-songwriters Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, respectively. At 14, she first listened to João Gilberto's "Chega de Saudade" on the radio and became interested in Bossa Nova. She then went on to work as a clerk on Salvador's main record store to get closer to music. At 18, she was introduced to Caetano Veloso by Andréa Gadelha, engaging with him in a deep friendship that still lasts.

Costa debuted her professional career on the night of August 22, 1964 on the concert Nós, por exemplo, where she performed alongside Veloso, Gil, Maria Bethânia and Tom Zé, among others. The concert inaugurated the Vila Velha Theatre in her hometown. During the same year, she also performed in Nova Bossa Velha, Velha Bossa Nova, at the same place and with the same singing partners. She then left Salvador to live in the house of her cousin Nívea in Rio de Janeiro, following the footsteps of Bethânia, whose concert, Opinião, had become a huge hit on the town.
Costa's first professional recording happened on Bethânia's debut album, released in 1965. It was the duet "Sol Negro", written by Bethânia's brother, Caetano Veloso. She then released her first singles through RCA Records, "Eu vim da Bahia", written by Gil, and "Sim, foi você", written by Veloso. On the following year, Costa met Gilberto personally and participated on TV Rio's 1st International Music Festival performing "Minha Senhora", written by Gil and Torquato Neto. It failed to captivate the Festival's audience.
Costa's first album Domingo was released on 1967 through Philips Records. It was also Veloso's debut. Costa stayed on the label, which later became Polygram, until 1983. One song released from this album, "Coração Vagabundo", became a huge hit. On the same year, Costa also performed two songs on the 2nd International Music Festival, which was then hosted by Rede Globo. They were "Bom Dia", written by Gil and Nana Caymmi and "Dadá Maria", written by Renato Teixeira. The latter was performed with Sílvio César on the Festival and with Teixeira on the recording.
In 1968, Costa became a part of the Tropicalismo movement. She recorded four songs on Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses. They were "Mamãe coragem", written by Veoloso and Torquato Neto, "Parque industrial", by Tom Zé, "Enquanto seu lobo não vem", by Veloso, and "Baby", also by Veloso. The latter became Costa's first nationwide solo hit, becoming a classic of Brazilian popular music. On the same year, she participated on the 3rd International Music Festival, performing "Gabriela Mais Bela", written by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos. In November, she participated on Rede Record's 4th Music Festival, performing the song "Divino Maravilhoso", by Gil and Veloso. The song also became a nationwide hit and a classic song of popular music.
On 1969, Costa released her eponymous solo debut album, which included "Baby" and "Divino Maravilhoso". The album is considered a Tropicalismo classic, balanced between Brazilian stylizations and North American psychedelic influences. It also featured Costa's third and fourth solo hits, Jorge Ben Jor's "Que pena (Ele já não gosta mais de mim)" and Veloso's "Não identificado", respectively. On the same year, she recorded her second solo album, titled Gal, and featuring the hits "Meu nome é Gal", by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos, and "Cinema Olympia", by Veloso. The album served as the basis for the repertoire of the concert Gal!.
Her next album, Legal, was not as far from the mainstream as its predecessor, and a live album the following year again balanced smooth Brazilian sounds with heavy rock. In 1973, the cover of Costa's album Índia was censored due to her wearing a risqué red bikini. Costa has recorded songs composed by a number of Brazil's most popular songwriters such as Tom Jobim, Ben, and Erasmo Carlos. In 1982 the single "Festa Do Interior" from the double album Fantasia became her biggest ever hit, going multi-platinum by the end of the year. Costa appeared in the 1995 film The Mandarin (O Mandarim) as the singer Carmen Miranda. She has recorded songs in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
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P 765.007 P Gal Costa - Domingo album art Gal* E Caetano Velloso* Gal* E Caetano Velloso* - Domingo (Album) Philips P 765.007 P Brazil 1967 Sell This Version
R 765.098 L Gal Costa - Gal album art Gal Costa Gal (Album) Philips R 765.098 L Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
R 765 068 L, R 765.068 L Gal Costa - Gal Costa album art Gal Costa Gal Costa (Album) Philips R 765 068 L, R 765.068 L Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
765.126 Gal Costa - Legal album art Gal Costa Legal (Album) Philips 765.126 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
6349 020, 6349 021 Gal Costa - -Fa-Tal- (Gal A Todo Vapor) album art Gal Costa -Fa-Tal- (Gal A Todo Vapor) (Album) Philips, Philips 6349 020, 6349 021 Brazil 1971 Sell This Version
6349 077 Gal Costa - Índia album art Gal Costa Índia (Album) Philips 6349 077 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
6349.108 Gal Costa - Temporada De Verão (Ao Vivo Na Bahia) album art Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil - Temporada De Verão (Ao Vivo Na Bahia) (Album) Philips 6349.108 Brazil 1974 Sell This Version
6349 117 Gal Costa - Cantar album art Gal* Cantar (Album) Philips 6349 117 Portugal 1974 Sell This Version
6349 307 Gal Costa - Doces Bárbaros album art Caetano* / Gal* / Gil* / Bethânia* Caetano* / Gal* / Gil* / Bethânia* - Doces Bárbaros (Album) Philips, Philips 6349 307 Portugal 1976 Sell This Version
7128 160 Gal Costa - Gal Canta Caymmi album art Gal Costa Gal Canta Caymmi (Album) Philips 7128 160 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
6349 372 Gal Costa - Caras E Bocas album art Gal Costa Caras E Bocas (Album) Philips 6349 372 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
7128 276 Gal Costa - Água Viva album art Gal Costa Água Viva (Album) Philips 7128 276 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
13171 Gal Costa - Gal Tropical album art Gal Costa Gal Tropical (Album) Philips, Philips 13171 Israel 1979 Sell This Version
6485.216 Gal Costa - Aquarela Do Brasil album art Gal Costa Aquarela Do Brasil (Album) Philips, Philips 6485.216 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
28PP 36 Gal Costa - Fantasia album art Gal Costa Fantasia (Album) Philips 28PP 36 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
6328523 Gal Costa - Minha Voz album art Gal Costa Minha Voz (Album) Philips, Philips 6328523 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
822033-1, 27176 Gal Costa - Baby Gal album art Gal Costa Baby Gal (Album) Philips, Philips 822033-1, 27176 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
710.0637, K7-710.0637 Gal Costa - Profana album art Gal Costa Profana (Album) RCA 710.0637, K7-710.0637 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
7180025 Gal Costa - Bem-Bom album art Gal Costa Bem-Bom (Album, MiniAlbum) RCA, RCA 7180025 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
FDC 1033 Gal Costa - Obina Shok album art Obina Shok Avec La Participation Exceptionnelle De Gilberto Gil & Gal Costa Obina Shok Avec La Participation Exceptionnelle De Gilberto Gil & Gal Costa - Obina Shok(CD) EPM Musique FDC 1033 France 1986 Sell This Version
7610-4-RL Gal Costa - Lua De Mel Como O Diabo Gosta album art Gal Costa Lua De Mel Como O Diabo Gosta (Album, MiniAlbum) RCA Victor, RCA Victor 7610-4-RL US 1987 Sell This Version
A28U-1004 Gal Costa - Rio Revisited album art Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa - Rio Revisited (Album) Verve Digital A28U-1004 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
85.018 Gal Costa - Plural album art Gal Costa Plural (Album) RCA, RCA 85.018 Venezuela 1990 Sell This Version
715.0024 Gal Costa - Gal Costa album art Gal Costa Gal Costa (Album) RCA 715.0024 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
74321-12403-2 Gal Costa - O Sorriso Do Gato De Alice album art Gal Costa O Sorriso Do Gato De Alice (Album) RCA 74321-12403-2 US 1993 Sell This Version

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November 25, 2017
If you see any early Gal Costa album just get it, at the level of Veloso, Gil, Os Mutantes... etc... also wow, never seen so many pictures of an artist's page on discogs, but she is Gorgeous!

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