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Raul Seixas

Birth Date:
28/06/1945

Death Date:
21/08/1989

Ocupation:

Singer, Composer, Musician

Raul Seixas

Article available in: PT-BR ESP

Last update: 27/05/2022

By: Virgina Barbosa - Librarian at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco - Specialist in Librarianship and History

One of the pioneers of Brazilian rock, Raul Santos Seixas was born in Salvador, Bahia, on June 28, 1945, the son of Raul Varella Seixas and Maria Eugênia Santos Seixas.

 

Averse to school, his attendance was discontinuous. He would rather read the books in his father’s vast library and stay home alone, in his bedroom, thinking for hours and hours. He said: “My inner world is, and has always been, very rich and intense. So, the outside world back then didn’t interest me much. I created my own.”

 

His first contact with rock and roll was by some Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Chuck Berry’s records which he would borrow from friends. “Rock was like a key that would open doors of mine that lived closed. […] I had adopted a way to dress, talk, and act that no one knew. Of course, I wasn’t aware of the social change that rock entailed,” Raul said in an interview.

 

In “partnership” with his friend Waldir Serrão, Raul Seixas founded the Elvis Presley’s fan club Elvis Rock Club. In the early 1960s, he created the group Os Relâmpagos do Rock with his colleagues and brothers Délcio and Thildo Gama. Four years later, the group went on to be called The Panters and recorded two songs (Nanny and Coração Partido) which were not commercially released. Almost 30 years later, Raul inserted one of them (Nanny) in the album O Baú do Raul. Also in the 1960s, The Panters came to be called Raulzito e Os Panteras. During this period, Raul met American Edith Wisner and, because of her, returned to study, took a university entrance exam, and was ranked in the first places in a School of Law, although he did not give it much importance: “I wanted to prove to people, to my family, how easy it was to study, pass exams.”

 

In 1967, he returned to the group Os Panteras and married Edith, with whom he had a daughter, Simone. The following year, at the invitation of singer Jerry Adriani, Raul, his wife, and Os Panteras went to Rio de Janeiro where they recorded, by the Odeon label, the LP Raulzito e Os Panteras, which went unnoticed by the public and critics. With no success, the group broke up and Raul returned to Salvador.

 

Raul Seixas’ artistic career was boosted after Evandro Ribeiro, director of the then-CBS (now Sony Music), gave him the opportunity to work as a record producer at CBS, Rio de Janeiro. There he met and lived with several artists and musical groups such as Trio Ternura, Renato e Seus Blue Caps, Tony e Frankie, Diana, and Sérgio Sampaio. At the CBS studios Sérgio, Raul, Miriam Batucada, and Edy Star produced and released the LP Sociedade da Grã-Ordem Kavernista Apresenta Sessão das 10. The album, which sold little, was “A real escrache session, with parodies and musical pastiches seasoned with a corrosive humor, bringing some partnerships between Sérgio and Raul, such as the electric xote Quero ir and the acid rock Doutor Pacheco” (SÉRGIO…, 2000). The project, conceived and carried out in the absence of Evandro Ribeiro, was the reason for Raul’s expulsion from CBS.

 

With the experience gained at CBS, Raul learned “all the tricks […] to make easy, commercial, intuitive, and cute music, really saying what we want it to say” (PASSOS, 2000). In 1972, he decided to be “popular,” to get the public’s attention and, encouraged by his friend Sérgio Sampaio, entered two songs at the VII Festival Internacional da Canção (International Song Festival): Eu sou eu, Nicuri é o diabo and Let me Sing, Let me Sing, a mix of rock with baiao, played by Raul dressed as Elvis Presley. These songs were qualified and had a wide repercussion with the public and the press, boosting his career as a singer and composer.

 

His biggest success came in 1973 with the song Ouro de Tolo, one of the tracks from the LP Krig-Ha, Bandolo! That same year, he created, with Paulo Coelho (now a Brazilian writer of worldwide success), the Sociedade Alternativa (Alternate Society), dedicating themselves to esoteric studies based on the work of the English magician Aleister Crowley. Participation in this Society earned him expulsion from Brazil since the military believed that it was a revolutionary movement against the government. The following year, another success, Gita (which gave Raul his first gold record) and a change in his personal life: he separates from his wife Edith, who returns to the United States, taking the couple’s daughter with her.

 

In 1975, he married the Gloria Vaquer, sister of his guitarist, Gay Vaquer. From this union, his second daughter, Scarlet, was born. The marriage lasted only two years (1977) when Gloria, as Raul’s first wife, returned to the United States with their daughter. In addition to Edith and Gloria, were his companions: Tânia Menna Barreto (1978), Ângela Maria Afonso Costa – Kika Seixas – (1979), with whom he had a daughter, Vivian; and Lena Coutinho (1985).

 

He released the LP Há Dez Mil Anos Atrás (1976) and, shortly after, the album O Dia em que a Terra Parou (1977) which, although displeasing critics, led fans to enjoy the songs Maluco Beleza, Sapato 36, and the title track; hits recalled to this day when it comes to Raul Seixas.

 

In 1978, Raul was forced to pause his personal and artistic life. He suffered from pancreatitis, aggravated by alcohol consumption, spending a few months on his parents’ farm in Dias D’Avilla, in the Bahia countryside to recover. From there, he moves to São Paulo, where he undergoes surgery and loses half of his pancreas.

 

In São Paulo, in 1979, he released the LP Por quem os sinos dobram and started a series of concerts, including a season at the Pinxinguinha Theater which was an absolute success.

 

The 1980s saw advances and setbacks in his personal and artistic life. He signed and terminated contracts with record labels, released albums and LPs, participated in the Festival Música na Praia (SP), did a series of 50 concerts, visiting the four corners of Brazil.

 

In 1983, he simultaneously released the LP Raul Seixas and the book As aventuras de Raul Seixas na Cidade de Thor, edited by Shogun Editora de Arte, owned by his old friend and partner Paulo Coelho. After the success of the album, the book, and the concert, Raul and Kika traveled to the United States. In June 1984, already back in Brazil, he launched the LP Metrô Linha 743.

 

An important fact in Raul Seixas’ career was the foundation, by Sylvio Passos, of the Raul Rock Club — in which the singer began to actively participate — later called Raul Seixas Oficial Fã-Clube (the Official Raul Seixas Fan Club). It was this group which released, in 1985, the album Let me Sing My Rock and Roll, the first album produced and distributed by a Brazilian fan club.

 

Raul Seixas’ meteoric artistic career ended on August 21, 1989 when he suffered a cardiac arrest due to the pancreatitis which had accompanied him for 10 years.

 

Discography

 

Albums (released on LP, K7 and CD)

 

1968 – Raulzito e Os Panteras
1971 – Sociedade da Grã-Ordem Kavernista Apresenta Sessão das 10
1973 – Os 24 Maiores Sucessos da Era do Rock;  Krig-Ha, Bandolo!
1974 – Gita e O Rebu (Trilha Sonora Original – Raul Seixas & Paulo Coelho)
1975 – 20 Anos de Rock;  Novo Aeon
1976 – Há Dez Mil Anos Atrás
1977 – Raul Rock Seixas; O Dia em que a Terra Parou
1978 – Mata Virgem
1979 – Por Quem os Sinos Dobram
1980 – Abre-Te Sésamo
1983 – Raul Seixas
1984 – Raul Seixas Ao Vivo – Único e Exclusivo;  Metrô Linha 743
1985 – Let Me Sing My Rock and Roll – lançado somente em LP
1986 – Raul Rock Volume 2
1987 – Uah-Bap-Lu-Bap-Lah-Béin-Bum
1988 – A Pedra do Gênesis (fala sobre a controvertida Sociedade Alternativa)
1989 – A Panela do Diabo

 

Released posthumously

 

1991 – Eu, Raul Seixas (Ao Vivo – Show na Praia do Gonzaga, Santos/SP 1982)
1992 – O Baú do Raul
1993 – Raul Vivo (Ao Vivo – Shows Em São Paulo 1983)
1994 – Se o Rádio não Toca (Ao Vivo – Show Em Brasília 1974)
1998 – Documento – CD
2003 – Anarkilópolis – CD
2005 – O Baú do Raul Revirado lançado somente em CD como brinde do livro O Baú Do Raul Revirado

 

Boxes (Special Editions)

 

1995 – Raul/Série Grandes Nomes (4 Cds and an Illustrated Booklet)
2002 - Maluco Beleza (6 CDs and an Illustrated Book)
2009 – 20 Anos sem Raul Seixa [Cd + Dvd. reissue and the VHS “Documento,” released in 1998, including the unreleased track Gospel]
2010 - 10.000 Anos à Frente - (6 CDs + Libretto).

 

 

Recife, November 27, 2012.

 

sources consulted

PASSOS, Sylvio. Raul Seixas, o moleque maravilhoso. [2000]. Disponível em: http://raulsseixas.wordpress.com/biografia-raul-seixas/. Acesso em: 22 nov. 2012.

 

RAUL Seixas [Foto neste texto de Dulce Helfer / Agencia RBS]. Disponível em: https://www.rbsdirect.com.br/imagesrc/17481197.jpg?w=700. Acesso em: 30 jan. 2020.

 

RAUL Seixas Oficial Fã-Clube. Disponível em: http://raulsseixas.wordpress.com/biografia-raul-seixas/. Acesso em: 22 nov. 2012.

 

SEIXAS, Raul. Raul Seixas por ele mesmo. São Paulo: Martin Claret, 1990.

 

SERGIO Sampaio. [2000]. Disponível em: http://sergiosampaio.uol.com.br/. Acesso em: 19 nov. 2012.

 

how to quote this text

BARBOSA, Virgínia. Raul Seixas. In: PESQUISA Escolar. Recife: Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, 2012. Available from: https://pesquisaescolar.fundaj.gov.br/pt-br/artigo/rosa-e-silva/. Access on: mês dia ano. (Ex.: Aug. 6, 2009.)