Caetano Emanuel Vianna Telles Velloso, the fifth child of José Telles Velloso – Sr Zezinho – a public servant at the Department of Post and Telegraph, and Claudionor Vianna (Dona Canô), was born in the town of Santo Amaro da Purificação, on the Bay of All Saints, Bahia on 7 August 1942.
The musician and composer Francisco Soares de Araújo, known as Canhoto da Paraíba (literally translated as ‘Lefty from Paraíba’), was born into a family of musicians – a clarinettist grandfather, a father who played guitar, brothers (nine) who turned to other instruments – on May 19 1928.
In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro where he debuted on Rio nights as an orchestra singer at Copacabana Palace; he also worked at Rádio Nacional. In this period, Luiz Bandeira composed Na cadência do samba (In a Samba Rhythm), also known as Que bonito é (What a Beauty It Is), which was for many years
Mário Carneiro do Rego Mello was born on 5 February 1884, in the main house on the Barbalho plantation, in the Iputinga neighbourhood of Recife, to the Federal Judge Manuel do Rego Mello and Maria da Conceição Carneiro da Cunha do Rego Mello, familiarly known as Ciçone.
Sebastião Vila Nova was born in Rio Largo, Alagoas, on 18 January 1944. His family moved to Recife while he was still a child. From a poor background, he had to work at a young age: selling Christmas baskets door to door; working as a radio actor on radio soap operas at the Tamandaré and Clube.