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Temperamental and moody, capable of fits of extreme generosity that could quickly turn into moments of rage-filled paranoia, Elis Regina was one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. A perfectionist who was frequently dissatisfied, Regina drove herself and members of her band relentlessly, leading to her being dubbed "Hurricane" and "Little Pepper" by musicians and music journalists. Her tempestuous nature aside, she commanded the respect of Brazil's leading songwriters, who lined up for the chance to have her record one of their songs, and for much of her short life was the country's most popular female vocalist.

Born Elis Regina Carvalho Costa in Porto Alegre in 1945 to a working-class family, Regina began singing professionally at age 12 on a children's television show called Clube de Guri. For the next two years she was a regular performer on the program and became a local celebrity. It was during this period that she signed her first recording contract at the age of 13. At 15 she relocated to Rio de Janeiro, where she recorded the first of three records, returning to Porto Alegre between each. Her initial recordings sold well and she was soon a teenage star, as well as the family's principal breadwinner. In 1963, at the age of 18, Regina and her father, in a move designed to further her career, relocated to Rio. Unfortunately, it was around this time that a military junta took over control of the country.

Not long after her move to Rio, Regina became a fixture on Brazilian variety shows. Although the cool, supple, jazzy bossa nova sound was in vogue at the time, Regina preferred more raucous rhythms and full-throated singing. Adding to this was her dynamic, unsophisticated stage presence (which belied a career-long battle against near-paralytic stage fright) that, in American terms, might be best understood if one thinks of the tornado-like force that Janis Joplin could unleash. In 1965, Regina sang the controversial (and nearly censored) song "Arrastao" at Rio's first big popular music festival. In a performance that may well have been the defining moment of her career, she posed in Christ-like crucifixion, tears streaming down her face at the song's conclusion. From that moment on, her popularity rocketed; she went from being one of many successful Brazilian singers to the most popular and highest-paid singer in the country — at the age of 21.

Although not as overtly political as other singer/songwriters of her generation (e.g., Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil), Regina was not shy about criticizing Brazil's military rule. While touring Europe in 1969 she told a journalist that her country was "being run by guerrillas." Normally this sentiment would lead to either jail or exile (or both in the case of Gil and Veloso), but Regina's enormous popularity protected her somewhat from any public government retaliation. However, the military junta used more insidious strong-arm tactics, such as forcing her to sing the Brazilian national anthem at a ceremony to celebrate the anniversary of the country's "independence." She was roundly attacked by leftist performers for such a public display of pro-government sentiment, and it was years later that her husband revealed that she was threatened with jail if she did not comply with the government's wishes. As the mother of a young child at the time, Regina could not afford to become a martyr.

Regina's career showed no signs of slowing as the 1970s came to a close; some of her best records were recorded during this time, and one album simply called Elis & Tom (recorded in Los Angeles with Antonio Carlos Jobim) has been called by many journalists and musicians one of the greatest Brazilian pop records ever made. However, while her career was in full swing, her personal life was in disarray — two marriages ended in divorce, and she was raising three children as well as providing for her parents. In the late '70s, after the end of her second marriage, she began using cocaine regularly, but managed to keep her increasing dependence on the drug well hidden from her friends and family. Regina began 1982 by marrying for a third time, signing a new recording contract, and in general, planning for the future. All of this came to a halt on January 19, 1982, when she was found dead of alcohol and cocaine intoxication at age 36. Initially, her death was rumored to be a suicide, but there is no evidence indicating that it was anything more than a tragic accident.

A few days after her death, a memorial concert was held in São Paulo featuring many of Brazil's most famous singers. Over 100,000 grieving Brazilians came to pay their final respects to this gifted, mercurial singer who remains as popular after death as she was in life.

Title: Songs For Rio

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Fabulous Hits (CD2)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Top Mega Hits (CD2)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Liquid Sunshine

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Mermaid

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Performance

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: World Music, Latin

Title: Top Mega Hits (CD1)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: A Arte De Elis Regina

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz, Pop

Title: Amusement Park

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: In Icy Climes

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: Green Wave

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: In The Middle

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Pizzicati-Pizzicato

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Smooth

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: World Music

Title: Big Hit Collection

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: Country Club Cutie

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: Confissão

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Joker

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Days To Come

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Exquisit Tastes

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Imposing

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: The Lp Library (CD1)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Time For Gold (CD2)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Lovely Gifts (CD2)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Navigator

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Bitter And Sweet

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Bossa Nova

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: World Music

Title: Put Out To Sea

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Me Deixa Em Paz

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: Scenic Flight

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Silhouettes

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Rainbow Girl

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Christmas Things

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Elis E Ivan

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: World Music

Title: Minor Miracle

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Hide Away

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: Poema

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Pansies (CD1)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Pop

Title: Unknown Lady

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: Common Time

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Surf Riding

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Como & Porque

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin, Pop

Title: Lovely Gifts (CD1)

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Encourage

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: Mundo De Paz

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Made The Grade

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Latin

Title: Favorite Song

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Title: On Air

Artist: Elis Regina

Genre: Jazz

Collections

Title: 100% Brazil

Genre: Jazz

Title: Pop Meets Bossa Nova

Genre: Pop

Title: Like a Boss a Nova

Genre: Jazz

Title: 20 Bossa Nova Hits

Genre: Jazz

Title: Bossa Nova Blues

Genre: Jazz

Title: Pop Jazz Singers

Genre: Jazz

Title: Bosa Nova, Vol. 1

Genre: Latin

Title: Bossa Nova Brasil

Genre: Latin

Title: Bossa Nova, Vol. 2

Genre: Latin

Title: I Love Rio

Genre: Latin

Title: Bossa 'N Rio

Genre: Jazz, Latin

Title: I Love Bahia

Genre: Latin

Title: Rio for Lovers

Genre: Jazz, Latin

Title: Bossa 4 Two

Genre: Jazz, Latin

Featuring albums

Title: Anos 2000

Artist: Milton Nascimento

Genre: Latin

Title: For Lovers

Artist: Antonio Carlos Jobim

Genre: Jazz, Latin

Title: Os Borges

Artist: Os Borges

Genre: Latin

Title: Bossa Nova Brasil

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Quiet Now

Artist: Antonio Carlos Jobim

Genre: Jazz, Latin

Title: Retratos

Artist: Lo Borges

Genre: World Music, Latin

Title: Bencao

Artist: Baden Powell

Genre:

Title: Nacional

Artist: Jóia Rara / Joia Rara

Genre: Latin

Title: Bem Brasil (CD1)

Artist: Fatboy Slim

Genre: House

Title: Juntos

Artist: Ivan Lins

Genre: Jazz, Bossanova

Title: Jazz Women

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Rio Hits

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: World Music

Title: Bossa Nova 100

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz Duos

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Nighttime Jazz

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Bossa Chill Out

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz