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2012
– Signs along with Mauro Lima the soundtrack of ‘Reis e Ratos’, directed by Mauro Lima himself.
2011
– Launches the CD and DVD ‘Caetano e Maria Gadú – Multishow – ao vivo’, and goes on tour with Maria Gadú.
– Produces and composes the songs of Gal Costa’s album ‘Recanto’, innovating once again and using electronic bases in all tracks.
2010
– Starts the tour with singer Maria Gadú. Launches the CD and DVD ‘Zii e Zie – MTV ao vivo’. – In July directs the soundtrack of the motion picture ‘O Bem Amado’.
2009
– After great success with ‘Obra em Progresso’, launches the album ‘Zii e Zie’, second record with ‘Banda Cê’, which mix of rhythms, baptized transambas and transrock by Caetano.
– In this year is released the documentary ‘Coração Vagabundo’, directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade, which shows the intimacy of Caetano during the tour of ‘A Foreign Sound’.
2008
– Innovates with the project ‘Obra em Progresso’ with a homonymous blog where the netzens gave opinions and discussed with the artist about his next CD’s production.
– At the same time performs a series of weekly concerts in Rio on the same project.
2007
– Launches the CD and DVD ‘Cê – Multishow – Ao Vivo’.
2006
– Launches the praised album ‘Cê’, result of his experimentation of rock and underground.
2005
– Directs with Milton Nascimento, the soundtrack of ‘O Coronel e o Lobisomem’ and they take a short tour of the referred soundtrack.
2004
January 25th – Performs a concert on the corner of Av. Ipiranga e São João in São Paulo, celebrating its 450 years of age.
April – Launches CD ‘A Foreign Sound’.
May – Performs a concert in Carnegie Hall, New York, USA.
June and July – Takes a tour with the concert ‘A Foreign Sound’.
2003
March 23rd – Takes part on 75th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, USA, and, along Lila Downs sing the song ‘Burn it Blue’ from the film ‘Frida’.
May – Takes part in a homage to the poet Waly Salomão in Bienal do Livro do Rio de Janeiro.
September – Receives the 4th Grammy Latino Award for the best album of MPB ‘Eu Não Peço Desculpas’, from him and Jorge Mautner.
October – Takes part on the event ‘Galáxia Harold’, at PUC – SP, in honor to Haroldo de Campos; a poet, critic and translator, founder of the movement of concrete poetry in the 1950’s, dead in August of this year. Produced by TV Cultura.
November – Launches the book ‘Letra Só’, from Cia das Letras Editors.
December – ‘Cinema Falado’ from 1986 is re-launched in DVD. Signs artistic direction of ‘Mares Profundos’ from Virgínia Rodrigues.
2002
April – Musical direction of album ‘Pé do Meu Samba’ from Mart’nália.
May – Tour through Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico.
July – Takes part on 36th Montreux Festival.
August – CD ‘Eu Não Peço Desculpas’ in partnership with Jorge Mautner.
September – Takes part on the round-table about Grupo Noigrandes at USP’s Theater with Augusto de Campos.
– Opening of the film ‘Hable con Ella’ from Almodóvar, in which Caetano participates in one set.
– Hnopf Editors lauches in the USA ‘Tropical Truth’.
November – Tour through USA, Mexico and Canada. Concert at Beather Beacon Theater in NY.
December – Launchs the box ‘Todo o Caetano 2002’.
– Concert ‘Doces Bárbaros’ reunited in Rio and São Paulo.

2001
January – Signs the musical direction of the album ‘Nova Cara’ from Grupoo Afro Reggae
February – ‘Doces Bárbaros’ pays homage to Caymmi. – The Carnival in Salvador lived one day in honor to composer and singer Dorival Caymmi and to the creators of trio elétrico, musicians Dodô and Osmar. Maria Bethania (Caetano’s sister) got up in a trio elétrico for the first time to join Caetano, Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa, reuniting the well-known quartet ‘Doces Bárbaros’ to sings the greatest hits from Caymmi.
May – Receives the 8th Prêmio Multishow de Música as best singer.
June 18th – Takes part in the Celebration of 14th Edition of Bloomsday in Rio.
June – Starts the Brazilian Tour of the concert ‘Noites do Norte’.
– Produces with Celso Fonseca, Martinália’s album ‘Meiga Presença’.
Julho – Takes part in Almodóvar’s film ‘Hable com Ella’, singing ‘Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma’.
September 29th – Is offered a Gala Lunch at the house of Italian movie maker Michelangelo Antonioni, in Trvei, Italy.
November – Launches ‘Noites do Norte ao Vivo’.
2000
January – Directs the production of the album ‘João, Voz e Violão’, first João Gilberto’s record in studio after nine years.
– ‘Livro Vivo’ is considered the second best concert of 1999, according to American magazine ‘Time Out’ from NY.
February – Wins Grammy 99 for the best album of world music with ‘Book’.
– Winner of Grande Prêmio Cinema Brasil 2000 with ‘Orfeu’ as the best soundtrack.
– Prêmio Antônio Carlos Jobim
April – Concert with Dulce Pontes in celebration of 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil.
– Artistic Direction of the ‘Nós’, of Virgínia Rodrigues.
Junho – Opening Concert of Festival 500 Anos, in London, England.
– Sings along Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Italy.
July – In studio to start two new projects: a CD with inedited songs, most of them composed in Hotel rooms during his tour through Europe and another one with his favourite American songs.
September – The album ‘Livro’ is chosen as the best MPB album in the first Grammy Latino.
December – Launches CD ‘Noites do Norte’.
1999
March – Caetano and João Gilberto share the Teatro Gran Rexpor’s stage in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
May 14th – 16th – Sings with Augusto de Campos and Lenine in a concert at the theater of Cité de La Musique in Paris, France. A concert produced by himself.
May – Sings ‘Orfeu’ at a CIEP in Vigário Geral Slum in Rio.
June – Takes part on the 27th edition of JVC Jazz Festival in New York, USA.
July – Tour trhough the USA and Canada.
September – Launches ‘Omaggio a Federico e Giulietta’, with songs about movie-maker Federico Fellini.
1998
February – Receives the títtle of Doutor Honoris Causa from Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBa).
– Tropicália 30 Anos – many homages in his honor like Trio Eletrônico leaded by Gilberto Gil in Salvador.
– August – Awarded at the Video Music Brasil on the category MPB.
– October – Leads a show in honor to coreographer Pina Bausch that celebrates 25 years with her dance-theater in Wuppertal, Germany.
– November – ‘Imagem do Som’, exibit at Paço Imperial, in Rio, bringing together work of 80 artists whose were inspired in his songs.
– Launches the album ‘Prenda Minha’.
– During the year goes on tour with the Concert ‘Livro Vivo’.
1997
January 25th – On Tom Jobim’s birthday, Tom Laigne Veloso was born in Salvador, second child of the couple (Veloso’s third child).
June/July – Tour in Europe and USA. After the return, starts recording a new CD.
October 30th – Invited by Madalena Fellini, Fellini’s sister, Caetano performs in San Marino, near Rimini in Italy, the city where Fellini was born in celebration of the wedding anniversary of Fellini and actress Giulietta Massina, previously honored by Caetano Veloso in a song that takes her name.
November – Launches two important works: a book and a record. In the beginning of the month, ‘Verdade Tropical’ (Cia das Letras Editors, 524 pages), the long waited book in which he gives the most deep and personal visions of the aspects and happenings related to the tropicalita movement. The publications is widely debated in the intelectual centers of the country. In the middle of the month, they lauched ‘Livro’, the new CD of the artist. In its repertory, among others, there’s a rap version of ‘Navio Negreiro’, from Bahian romantic poet Castro Alves and another of ‘Baixa do Sapateiro’, a classic from Dorival Caymmi and ‘Minha voz, minha vida’ from himself, wrote in the 1990’s for Gal Costa.
1996
January – In the beginning of the month, the information that Paulinho da Viola received a smaller payment than the other participants of the New Year’s show generates a confusion involving the artists, Rio’s City Hall and the sponsor. During the discussions, Viola’s wife fasifies a document and Caetano, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and Chico Buarque break up with Paulinho da Viola.
April – He starts recording the soundtrack that he composed for a new movie of the director Cacá Diegues, ‘Tieta do Agreste’, based on a novel from Jorge Amado and with sonia Braga in the main role. On the musical direction and arrangements, again there is Jaques Morelenbaum. With a very special participation of Gal Costa.
September – At the same time with the opening of the film, the original soundtrack is also launched on CD ‘Tieta do Agreste’ with Gal Costa from Natasha Records in which Paula Lavigne is a partner. Among the compositions, ‘O motor da luz’, ‘Coração-pensamento’ and one that turns into a hit of the Carnival of Bahia in 1997, ‘A luz de Tieta’.
– Caetano and Gil open the concert ‘Tieta do Agreste’, having as a base the repertory of the soundtrack. A band of female persussionists from Bahia, Banda Didá participates.
– December – The artist is na object of one more book: ‘O Arco da Conversa: Um Ensaio sobre a Solidão’ from Cláudia Fares (Cada Jorge Editorial).
– Polygram launches on the market a box with 30 CDs from Caetano.
1995
Caetano starts to write a long book of memories, impressions, views and opinions about the 60’s. It is a request from North-American Editors Alfred Knopf, since one of their editors got impressed with his text about Carmen Miranda published in The New Yorke Times.
– April – ‘Fina Estampa’ is taken to Latin American countries.
– June – Performance in the Central Park, NY, with participation of the japanes composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
– November – Launches ‘Fina Estampa – ao vivo’, including song of the record with the same name recorded in studio. Among the novelties of the repertory, a hit of Orlando Silva, ‘Lábios que Beijei’ (Álvaro Nunes and Leonel Azevedo), a João Gilberto’s composition, ‘Você Esteve com Meu Bem’ (with Russo do Pandeiro), ‘Cucurrucucu Paloma’ (Tomaz Mendez), ‘O Samba e o Tango’ (Amado Regis) and ‘Soy loco por ti, America’ (Gilberto Gil and Capinan).
– December 9th – “Alguma coisa acontece no meu coração / Que só quando cruza a Ipiranga e a Avenida São João”. Exactly on the corner celebrated in the classic ‘Sampa’ (where he lived in the 60’s), erects the stage of the concert that Caetano performed to São Paulo.
-December 31st – More mass commotion. On the New Year’s Eve, Copacabana Beach watches the most musical show of its history: Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento and Paulinho da Viola sing a tribute to Tom Jobim with special participation of Bateria da Mangueira.
1994
January 28th – Salvador finally watches ‘Tropicália 2’ at Parque de Exposições.
February – ‘Atrás da Verde e Rosa Só Não Vai Quem Já Morreu’. The paraphrase of the verse from ‘Atrás do Trio Eléctrico’, an old and huge carnival hit of Caetano, names the enredo of Escola de Samba Estação Primeira de Mangueira, that homages Caetano, Gil, Gal and Bethânia. They perform at the rehersal place of the school and afterwards shine on the parade at Marques de Sapucaí, in Rio during the Carnival. Caetano, who had already composed a samba for the school, left the parade whistling and very touched.
May – ‘Fina Estampa’ in studio. Polygram had asked him a record with his songs with versions in Spanish to be lauched in Latin American market. But Caetano preferred to record latin hits under a perspective of Bossa Nova. For that to do the orchestration and musical direction he called the conductor and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum who was also a musician in his band and played with tom Jobim for many years.
June 1st – The ever ‘Doces Bárbaros’, Caeano, Gil, Gal e Bethânia sing along again, now at The Royal Albert Hall, in London with especial participation of Bateria da Mangueira.
June and July – ‘Tropicália Duo’ – the ‘Tropicália 2’ in acustic transposition, only Gil and Caetano, voices and the guittars is exported to Europe and United States.
August – Caetano meets Pedro Almodóvar in Madrid. As a great admirer of Caetano’s work, the movie-maker wanted to include ‘Tonada de Luna Llena’ (from Simón Diaz) sang by him in the final scene of his film ‘A Flor do Meu Segredo’.
– In a concert in Napoli, another encounter: with Lucio Dalla, a great name of the Italian modern music.
– Back to São Paulo, at Tom Brasil, the first few performances of ‘Fina Estampa’ in national territory.
October – ‘Caetano Veloso e Violão’ takes around 40 thousand people to Praça da Apoteose in Rio. Very special participations of Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento and Mercedes Sosa.
– In his first interview as the President virtually elected, Fernando Henrique Cardoso quotes phrases from Caetano. For him, the thought of the artist regarding Brazil is a model to be followed.
December – ‘Tropicália Duo’ starts its national tour trhough Rio, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.
1993
February – The book ‘Caetano – esse cara’, organized by Héber Fonseca is published by Revan Editors, with testimonials given throughout his career in many publications, radio and TV stations.
March – April – The wish of celebrating the 26 years of Tropicalismo and the 30 of friendship puts Caetano and Gil in a studio to record a new record together. The work started to be prepared before and marked the return of their partnership.
August – Launch of ‘Tropicália 2’ from Caetano and Gil by Polygram, the most waited and commented record of the year in Brazil. Among the highlights, the hit ‘Haiti’, a social rap of the duo, the tribute ‘Cinema Novo’, also from them both and ‘Desde que o Samba é Samba’ from Caetano.
September 25th – Gil and Caetano perform ‘Tropicália 2’ – the concert – at Praça da Apoteose,
1992
January – ‘Caetano, Por Quê Não?’ is the tittle of a study about the artist, addressing his poetic-musical path made the academics Gilda Dieguez and Ivo Luchesi. The is lauched by Francisco Alves Editors.
– January 25th – An estimated audience of 50 thousand people watches his perfomance at Vale do Anhangabaú, in São Paulo, Brasil on the day of the city anniversary.
March 7th – Birth of Zeca Lavigne Veloso, Caetano’s second child and first with Paula Lavigne in Rio.
March – ‘Circuladô’, opens at Canecão, in Rio.
April – At Jô Soares’ TV show, Jô onze e meia, on SBT, Caetano unexpectedly decides to tell who snitched him in 1968. The radio announcer Randal Juliano. He would have told, without checking the veracity of the news, that Caetano and Gil disrespect two national simbols, parodying the Hymn and tearing the flag.
May – For the second time, Caetano is awarded with Prêmio Sharp de Música.
August – His 50 years of age, turned on the 7th, serve as reason for many tributes in the media. On the main of them, TV Manchete shows a special series of five programs, directed by movie-maker Walter Salles. ‘O Tempo Não Para e no Entanto Ele Nunca Envelhece’.
December – So much was the success of the show, that it resulted in a double album: ‘Circuladô Vivo’.
1991
April – Restarted the national tour of ‘Acústico’.
April 21st – His performance in honor to Dia da Terra atracts 50 thousand people to Enseada do Botafogo in Rio.
June – The list of all his records (up to that date) is completed and launched in CDs.
September – Performances at Town Hall, in NY. The stay in the ‘navel of the world’ extend to recording his new album, again produced by Arto Lindsay.
October – He publishes a long article of deep cultural implications about singer Carmen Miranda in The New York Times. The text that will call the attention of one of the publishers from Alfred Knopf, would be later in Folha de São Paulo in Brasil.
November – Launch of ‘Circuladô’. The CD highlights the tittle-song, composed by himself from a fragment of of the work ‘proesia’ (prose + poetry in Portugues) ‘Galáxias’. From poet Haroldo de Campos, two new songs-thoughts regarding Brasil and its insertion in the international context: ‘Fora da Ordem’ and ‘Cu do Mundo’. And two more sources of familiar inspiration: one about his wife, Paulinha, ‘Ela Ela’ and another to announce their coming baby, ‘Boas Vindas’ .
– In a letter to Caetano, the President Fernando Collor de Mello, sugests an encounter between themselves. Caetano (who vote for Leonel Brizola in the first round and for Lula in the second in the elections for President in 1990) would end up not answering it.
1990
January 26th – Attack against Caetano’s home in Slavador, where he is spending vacations (as usually every summer). In the morning a bomb explodes and three shots are shot. In his bedroom, he and his wife weren’t affected. Important: almost two weeks before, Caetano hardly criticized the administration of the mayor Fernando José.
February 2nd – The saddest Iemanjá Day of his life. Pedro Gadelha Gil Moreira, Gil’s son and his God-son dies in Rio. Pedro was in coma for a week, after a car crash. He was a drummer at his father’s band and a close friend of Moreno, Caetano’s son.
July – Takes part in Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
October – Finally launched in Brazil, ‘Caetano Veloso’, his ‘American album’ of 1986. To promote the launch, he opens in Canecão a new concert, ‘Acústico’, accompanied by three musicians.
1989
April – He appears on the role of poet Gregório de Mattos in ‘Os Sermões – a História de Antonio Vieira, afilm from Julio Bressane.
May – Performances in Italy.
June 7th – Opening in Canecão of the promotional tour of CD/LP ‘Estrangeiro’, recorded in New York and which is been launched. Among the songs, besides the one that names the album, are ‘Esse Amor’ and ‘Branquinha’,respectively inspired and dedicated to Dedé Veloso, his first wife and Paula Lavigne his wife. The hit is ‘Meia-lua Inteira’ from a composer who is starting to rise up and is part of his band: Carlinhos brown.
– ‘Estrangeiro’ will be his first album launched almost simultaneously abroad. The reception from the specialized critics in the US will be the best. Singer ad composer David Byrne, leader of the band Talking Heads, will praise him and his art.
July – Concerts in Europe, some with João Gilberto and João Bosco (separated performances).
November 21st – Receives Prêmio Shell for Brazilian Music in 89, performing at Teatro Municipal in Rio.
December – Another award: Prêmio Sharp de Música.
1988
March – Concert in Paris. Here Vogue Magazine publishes a special edition totally and exclusively dedicated to our poet, musician, composer, movie-maker, writer, artist, intelectual and celebrity.
May – New York revisited: ‘Caetano now is taken to American audience. He starts to talk to press again, but still chooses his interviewers. One of the firsts is his friend Waly Salomão, on a TV Show at TV Bandeirantes. Most of them are still grounded.
November – Back from New York, this time to record, produced by Arto Lindsay and Peter Scherer, na American duo that forms Ambitious Lovers (Lindsay is na old friend who has lived in Pernambuco). The work would extend until March of next year.
December – The songbook ‘Caetano Veloso’ is released by Lumiar Editors with a big party in Rio and produced by Almir Chediak. In two volumes with lyrics and keys of 135 songs.
1987
February 14th – The great Brazilian artist gives his testimonial to the Museu da Imagem e do Som – MIS – in São Paulo. As interwiers, the poets from São Paulo Augusto and Haroldo de Campos and Décio Pignatari, and psicoanalist from Bahia, Tenório Cavalcanti.
April – Concerts in Europe.
June – Re-launch of ‘Araçá Azul’, a radical and scathing of almost 15 years before.
September – Released ‘Caetano’, his new album, with an anticipated sale of 100 thousand copies. It brings two hits: ‘Vamos Comer’ (partnership with Tony Costa) and ‘Fera Ferida’ (from Roberto and Erasmo Carlos). And two classics: ‘Eu Sou Neguinha’ and the beautiful ‘O Ciúme’. Diferent from other times, the lauch of the new work in record isn’t followed by interviews. The reason was that Caetano, displeased with the press, decided not to speak to them anymore. He doesn’t speak and won’t do that for more time yet. It’s about one more chapter of the eternal divorce between artists and journalists, in Brazil, starred by him, Caetano Veloso.
October – A concert to promote ‘Caetano’ is the starting point for the national tour, that will continue through all 1988.
1986
Separated from Dedé Veloso, Caetano starts a relationship with Paula Lavigne. ‘London, London’, a sad song of the exile of the poet-musician, is released to new generations recorded by RPM, sang by Paulo Ricardo. 15 years later, a new blockbuster on parade.
April – Caetano does his first film foray, ‘O Cinema Falado’ (the tittle reminds the first verse of a samba from Noel Rosa). The film is done in only three weeks without repetion of planes (short money) and will cause comments. The daring poetry of Caetano is owned by censorship, that prohibits the execution of ‘Merda’, composed by him for the play ‘Miss Banana’. The song pays homage to theater people. ‘Merda’ means good luck.
May – Rede Globo starts ‘Chico e Caetano’, a monthly show where the two artists, besides singing, presented other guest artists, among them, Cazuza, Jorge Ben or, Elza Soares, Tom Jobim, not missing international attractions, as the Argentinian Astor Piazzola and the cuban Silvio Rodrigues. The show becomes a musical fad on Brazilian TV in 1986 and everybody will want to participate, but rocker Marcelo Nova, from Banda Camisa de Vênus, saying he would not participate in a show like ‘Namoro na TV’…
May – Recording of a record aimed to American market in New York.
June – Opens in São Paulo, ‘Caetano Veloso e Violão’, a intimate show that would be taken to Rio in August.
August – Launch of the album ‘Totalmente Demais’, recorded live during the performances in the project ‘Luz do Solo’. Among the selected songs there were his ‘Vaca Profana’ and ‘Dom de Iludir’, previously recorded by Gal Costa, ‘Todo Amor que Houver Nessa Vida’, from Frejat and Cazuza and the tittle-song from Arnaldo Brandão and Tavinho Paes that would stay three years owned by the censorship. The album will break all sales records of Caetano so far, getting to 250 thousand copies and giving him a Platinum Record.
September – ‘Estrepitosa’ opens in the 3º Festival de Cinema, Televisão e Vídeo do Rio de Janeiro. From motion picture ‘O Cinema Falado’, it’s na achievement of an old dream of the artist. It will be applaused by great national directors and artists, but thwarted by others. A film about movies and arts in general. An independent production, with experimental language, with a very personal touch, and, participation of many friends. Launch by the label Nonesuch of his, the called American record gets good reception from critics. The repertory includes new editions of his songs and from other composers on acoustic arragements, a medley fuses ‘Nega Maluca’ (from Fernando Lobo and Ewaldo Ruy) to ‘Billie Jean’ (from Michael Jackson). Another great American composer present is Cole Porter (an incredible lyricist, like Caetano) with ‘Get Out of Town’.
December 6th – Peace is re-established between two former friends. In a meeting with concret poets, where they celebrated 30 years of the movement in São Paulo, the reconciliation between Caetano and Décio pignatari finally happens, two years after the mutual atacks that happened through the press.
December 26th – ‘Chico e Caetano’ said farewell to its audience on Globo, in the air for the last time.
1985
Composes and records the theme-song ‘Milagres do Povo’, from TV show ‘Tenda dos Milagres’, about orge Amado’s work, on Rede Globo. Another incursion as producer; this time of the album ‘Antimaldito’ from composer, singer and writer Jorge Mautner, his friend since London times.
May – Performances in Europe: Lisbon and with Bethânia in Madrid for audiences of 5 thousand people.
July – Concert at teatro Castro Alves, in Bahia, broadcasted live by Rede Globo.
September 24th /25th – Concerts at Carnegie Hall, in New York.
October – Performs alone with the guittar on the project ‘Luz do Solo’ at the Golden Room of Copacabana Palce in Rio. The show, recorded will result in a record the next year.
1984
May 24th – Accompained now by musicians from Banda Nova, which he recorded his new record, ‘Velô’ opens the national tour at Palace in São Paulo.
June – Lauches ‘Velô’, bringing among others ‘Podres Poderes’ (also in compact record), ‘O Quereres’, ‘Shy Moon’ and ‘Língua’. The last two with participations of Ritchie and Elza Soares. It’s the most rocky work of his.
Middle of the year – New arguments burn the pages of ‘Ilustrada’, of Folha de São Paulo’. Atacked by one of the contributors of the News, poet Décio Pignatari, Caetano responds the insults with strong blows against the writer.
1983
February – Releases ‘Luz do Sol’, a compact record.
March 16th – Opens ‘Conxão Internacional’, a TV show on TV Manchete, interviewing Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, the recording was in New York.
May/June – A new polemics takes place on the pages of ‘Folha de São Paulo’ between Caetano and journalist Paulo Francis. This one started to criticize the attitude of the artist before Mick Jagger during the interview for ‘Conexão internacional’. For Caetano, Francis is prejudiced. Other intelctuals and artists are called to take a position for or against.
June – Caetano raises the numbers of his performances abroad, singing at Olympia in Paris; in Israel in a caravan with Elba Ramalho and Djavan; on the Brazilian Night of Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with João Bosco and Ney Matogrosso; in Rome with Gil, Gal and João Gilberto and for the first time in USa, in New York, where he is praised by the critic of The New York Times.
– Back to Brazil, launches ‘Uns’, which repertory highlights the hits ‘Eclipse Oculto’ and ‘Você é Linda’ and ‘É Hoje’ (also launched in compact record), a samba-enredo of Escola de Samba União da Ilha do Governador from Rio, in which bateria of the school participates and Bethânia as well. The work finishes the cooperation of A Outra Banda da Terra, also extinguished.
– The national tour of ‘Uns’ starts at Canecão in Rio.
December 13th – José Telles Veloso, Caetano’s father dies at 82. ‘The old man leaves life and death behind’, will write the poet in the song ‘O Homem Velho’ in the next year, inspired on his father and included in his new work, ‘Velô’ .

1982
In the beginning of the year receives de award Vinícius de Moraes for the best singer (1981) for his work on his record ‘Brasil’.
March – Launches the album ‘Cores, Nomes’. Highlights ‘Queixa’ (also released in compact record), ‘Ele me Deu um Beijo na Boca’ and ‘Meu Bem, Meu mal’ (then already known in the voice of Gal Costa) of his, ‘Sina’ (from Djavan) and ‘Sonhos’ (from Peninha). These two last ones like the first one became the main hits of the work, that after two months gives him his second Golden Record. ‘Sina’ dedicated to Caetano himself, this way transformed in muse, contributed with a new term for the linguistics: the verb ‘caetanear’. In the middle of this irresistible ‘caetanism’ starts the polemics with critic José Guilherme Merquior. This one calls him ‘pseudo-intelectual’ who tries to usurp ‘the area of the thinking’. ‘Why the artists, and not the thinkers, are called to tell opinions on the most diverse subjects?’, asks Caetano. ‘This is an issue that be considered with care and delicacy’, he says.
April – The tour ‘Cores, Nomes’ starts in Curitiba. He takes part in a film as an actor, ‘Tabu’ , where he plays Lamartine Babo (a great ancient composer from MPB) form movie-maker Julio Bressane.

1981

March – New album ‘Outras Palavras’ on the market. ‘Lua e Estrela’ from Vinícius Cantuária and ‘Rapte-me Camaleoa’ from Caetano pull the sales of the album, which became the best-seller of the artist’s career until then. 100 thousand copies sold, which garantees him his first Golden Record. ‘Outras Palavras’ still highlights the tittle-track, one more incursion avant-garde poetics, ‘Sim/Não’ (in partnership with Bolão, also in compact record), ‘Vera gata’ and ‘Nu com Minha Música’ all of his. ‘Rapte-me Camaleoa’ and ‘Vera Gata’ sing two muses of Caetano: actresses Regina Casé and Vera Zimmerman.
May – Concerts in Buenos Aires.
June – Launch of the album ‘Brasil’ of João Gilberto with Caetano and Gil (and a participation of Bethânia) by WEA.
– Starts in Rio, the play ‘O Percevejo’, from russian poet Vladimir Maiakóviski, directed by Luiz Anotnio Martinez Correa, with the participation as an actress of Dedé Veloso and with some poems set to music by Caetano. one of the songs of the soundtrack, ‘O Amor’ will become a hit in the voice of Gal Costa.
September – Performances in Portugal.

1980
March – The tour ‘Cinema Trancendental’ starts and will run the national university circuit.
1979
January 7th – Julia, Caetano and Dedé’s daughter is born, although sje live only some days.
November – His new album ‘Cinema Trancendental’ is launched by Polygram. On the repertory, anthological of his own songs, such as ‘Lua de São Jorge’, ‘Oração ao Tempo’, ‘Beleza Pura’, ‘Menino do Rio’ and ‘Cajuína’. ‘Beleza Pura’ becomes the hit of the album and ‘Menino do Rio’, a big hit in Baby Consuelo’s voice.
– Caetano performs as a singer on Festival de MPB promoted by TV Tupi, singing Jorge Ben’s song ‘Dona Culpa ficou Solteira’. He is booed by an audience that doesn’t tolerate the participation of artists already famous in the event. The song receives no awards.
December – Launches the compact record ‘Carnaval 80’, with the hit ‘Massa Real’ of his, and, ‘Badauê’ by Moa do Catendê.
1978
– Trip to Europe with Gal Costa for concerts ins Rome, Milan, Geneve and Paris.
May – Launch of ‘Amante Amado’ from Jorge Ben from the soundtrack of ‘Na Boca do Mundo’ and his ‘Pecado Original’ from the soundtrack of ‘A Dama do Lotação’.
July – Release of his new album ‘Muito (dentro da estrela azulada)’, with the classics ‘Terra’ and ‘Sampa’. The repertory still brings the hit ‘Tempo de Estio’ and ‘Muito Romãntico’ (previous hit in the voice of Roberto Carlos, for whom was originaly composed), both of his, and also a recreation of ‘Eu Sei que Vou te Amar’ from Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes. ‘Muito’ marked the beginning of musicians gathered under the name ‘A outra Banda da Terra’ in the artist’s work.
August – Launch of the album ‘Maria Bethânia e Caetano Veloso ao Vivo’, taken from the show designed to be performed only in Santo Amaro da Purificação, to raise funds for the local cathedral, but ended up being brought to many cities in Brazil. They sing songs in duet and alone, as ‘Maria Bethânia’, from Capiba, and, ‘Carcará’, from João do Vale and José Candido, both in Caetano’s voice.
November – New compact record for the carnival, highlighting his ‘O Bater do Tambor’.
1977
January – A new compact record is released with his carnavalescas ‘Piaba’ and ‘A Filha da Chiquita Bacana’. Caetano settles himself as a name of modern MPB, that tries to follow a tradition of the old composers: create every year a song for carnival.
January/February – Caetano and Gil take part on the 2º Festival Mundial de Arte e Cultura Negra, in Lagos, Nigeria, where they stayed about a month.
April – The book ‘Alegria, Alegria’ is published by Pedra que Ronca Editors, a compilation of articles, manifests and poems by Caetano, and, interviews with him by his friend, poet Waly Salomão.
May – Launch of his new album ‘Bicho’, reuniting some of his songs that will become classics, such as ‘Tigresa’ (already a hit in the voice of Gal Costa), ‘Um Índio’, ‘Gente’ (a kind of dancing social protest, a line called ‘heavy causes in light music’), ‘Leãozinho’ and ‘Odara’. A new polemic starts. The term ‘odara’ will end up becoming a synonim of hippie or, for the wing of leftists ‘alienated’. The ‘odaras’ on their side, will respond to the ones who charge them explicit political positions, calling them ‘ideological patrol’. It was an update of the split between the tropicalistas and the engaged from MPB, ten years after the movement.
September – The song ‘Alegria, Alegria’ becomes main theme of a soap-opera on Rede Globo, that gives to show a name taken from one of its verses: ‘Sem Lenço, Sem Documento’ (a verse taken from the book ‘The Words’ from Jean Paul Satre, pope of the existentialism). Quoting is a common procedure in the work of Caetano.
November – The album ‘Muitos Carnavais’ is launched. A compilation album with carnival songs by Caetano, made especially from recordings of songs previously released on singles.
1976
June 24th – In a historic reunion on a stage, 10 years after the concert ‘Nós, por Exemplo’, Caetano and Gil, Gal and Bethânia, get together again to sing as a group. ‘Doces Bárbaros’ opens at Anhembi, São Paulo, the tour with the same name that will run 10 other Brazilian cities.
July – Phillips releases a double compact record, recorded in studio with songs of the concert ‘Doces Bárbaros’.
July 7th – The tour ‘Doces Bárbaros’ is interrupeted. Gil and the drummer Chiquinho Azevedo, from the band tha plays with the group are arrested for possession of marijuana in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, during their stay in the city. A national dimension polemic surrounding the event quickly starts. In one of the declarations, Caetano claims not to use drugs, justifying the nickname Caretano (from the term ‘careta’ which means ‘someone who doesn’t drink or take drugs) given years before by his friend Rogério Duarte, graphic artist, poet and musician, one of the mentors of the movement Tropicalista.
October – Release of the double album with the material of the show ‘Doces Bárbaros’, which will become a film from the director Jom Tob Azulay as well.
1975
– A single by Caetano with his musical settings for poems ‘Dias, Dias, Dias’ (with quote ‘Volta’ by Lupicínio rodrigues) and ‘Pulsar’ (by Augusto de Campos) is released inserted in ‘Caixa Preta’ (Invenção Editors), work of the poet in partnership with Julio Plaza, 4 years later, will also be released with the book ‘Viva Vaia’ (Duas Cidades Editors) that will be published by Augusto.
June – After more than two years with recording an individual album, he launches on the market two at once, ‘Jóia’ and ‘Qualquer Coisa’. ‘Jóia’ brings experimental songs such as ‘Asa, Asa’ and ‘Gravidade’. ‘Qualquer Coisa’, the classic that gives its tittle and three Beatles’ songs. Caetano is provocative as usual, or more than ever. On the first edition of both works, a manifest define them as two pseudo-movements, to speak ironically, in fact, the idea of the need of movements, common at that time. The original cover of ‘Jóia’; -showing Caetano, his wife and his son naked, in a draw made by Caetano; is prohibited (released later in CD). The cover of ‘Qualquer Coisa’ paraphrases the Beatles’ cover of ‘Let it Be’.
November – Release of the single ‘A Filha da Chiquita Bacana’.
1974
Caetano invests in a new activity in the musical field: producer. In this year produces the new album from Gal Costa, ‘Cantar’ (that includes two songs of his, one of them, ‘Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua), a milestone in the history of hers, and, ‘Smetak’ from experimental musician rooted in Bahia, Walter Smetak.
In the beginning of the year performs a concert with Gil and Gal at Teatro Vila Velha, in Salvador, which recorded will become the album ‘Temporada de Verão’.
April – Release of ‘Temporada de Verão’. Among the three songs sang by Caetano, ‘O Conteúdo’ of his and ‘Felicidade’ (by Lupicínio Rodrigues) is the great hit of the year.
November – Release of the single with ‘Cara a Cara’ from himself and ‘Hora da Razão’ from Batatinha e J. Luna.
1973
January – Caetano launches ‘Araçá Azul’, his new individual album, that surprises the audience by its degree of experimentalism anticomercial. The record will have a large number of returns and will be retrieved from the catalogue. At the time, he also releases a single with ‘Um Frevo Novo’ by himself for the carnival.
March – Starting of performances by the interior of Brazil, following the university circuits, a procedure that started to become common then.
May – Performance in the event ‘Phono 73’, series of shows promoted by Phillips Records with all his national casting, at Anhembi in São Paulo. Surprise: CAetano sings along composer and singer Odair José, considered tacky.
December – Release of the single with a new song ‘Deus e o Diabo’ for the carnival.
1972
January – ‘Lá vem o mano, o mano Caetano / Ele vem sorrindo, ele vem cantando / Ele vem feliz pois ele vem voltando’. ‘Alegria, Alegria’: to fulfill the promisse of happiness from the song by Jorge Ben – hit in the voice of Beta, his sister Maria Bethânia. He comes back finally.
February – Release of ‘Barra 69’, the register of the last show of Caetano and Gil before the exile. Among the tracks, ‘Cinema Olímpia’ from and with Caetano and the himn of Esporte Clube Bahia from Adroaldo Ribeiro da Costa, wih him and Gil.
March – Release of ‘Transa’ in Brasil, with a cover in an unusual format, tridimensional, in style called ‘discobject’. CAetano and Gil (who have returned in February) mark their return with a show at Teatro Municipal, in Rio. Another individual concert of Caetano, will start at Tuca, in São Paulo and will run other cities of the country. On this one, with a new looks, kind of hippie, Caetano shocks part of the audience when during his performing started to imitate mannerisms of Carmen Miranda.
May – Caetano and Gil release a single with ‘Cada Macaco no Seu Galho’, from Riachão and ‘Chiclete com Banana’ from Gordurinha and Almira Castilho.
-Second Semester Caetano produces the album ‘Drama – Anjo Exterminado’, one of the main records on Bethânia’s career and of all production of that period. Composes the soundtrack of ‘São Bernardo’, a film from Leon Hirszman, based on the novel with the same name from Graciliano Ramos. On the next year, the soundtrack will receive the award of best song of Festival de Cinema de Santos.
November 10th /11th – Shares with Chico Buarque a concert at teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, with a participation of the vocal group MPB4. The show is recorded to become a record and works to deny rumors of disagreements between the two artists.
November 22nd – His son with Dedé Veloso is born in Salvador. To accomplish what was implicit on the verse of the song ‘Julia/Moreno’ (‘Araçá Azul’). The boy is baptized as Moreno Veloso.
December – Release of the album ‘Caetano and Chico Juntos e ao Vivo’. Among the tracks, song from Chico (such as ‘Partido Alto’, one of the record’s hits) sang by Caetano, and, from Caetano by Chico, besides a medley with two in duet (‘você não entende nada’ / ‘Cotidiano’, from Caetano and Chico respectively), another huge hit.
1971
January – With permission to stay a month in Brazil, CAetano comes to the counry to attend the mass in celebration of his parents 40th anniversary. In Rio, practically a kidnap to a military interrogation, in which they ask him about the possibility of writing a song about Transamazônica Road, then under construction. We’re at the most dictatorial period of the military regimen: of the President Garrastazu Médici.
June – The first ‘english’ record is released in Brazil by Phillips.
August – Caetano comes back to Brazil. Visits his family in Bahia. Performs on TV Globo and Tv Tupi. With Gal Costa takes part in a show with João Gilberto: historic encounter. He takes the chance to leave a frevo recorded for the following year’s Carnival: ‘Chuva, Suor e Cerveja’.
On the second semester – Records and launches another album in London by Famous from Paramount Records: ‘Transa’ with fice songs composed in English, plus ‘Triste Bahia’ ( his musical setting for a part of a sonet of poet Gregório de Mattos) and ‘Mora na Filosofia’ (from Monsueto Menezes).
December – Launch of double compact record ‘O Carnaval de Caetano’, with five songs, among them, ‘Chuva, Suor e Cerveja’, which will be a hit in the next Carnival.
1970
From London, Caetano sends articles for the carioca tabloid ‘O Pasquim’ and new songs for singers like Gal Costa (who received ‘London, London’, a hit), Maria Bethânia (‘A Tua Presença’), Elis REgina (‘Não Tenha Medo’), Erasmo Carlos (‘De Noite na Cama’) and Roberto Carlos (‘Como Dois e Dois). A milestone: goes to The Rolling Stones concert. Starts to perform on the satges of England and other countries in Europe.
On the second semester, launch of his first record designed and recorded in the exile in England: ‘Caetano Veloso’, by Famous, from Paramount Records. In the repertory, six songs writen in English, among them ‘London, London’ and ‘Maria Bethânia’ and a poignant re-creation of ‘Asa Branca’ (from Luiz Gonzaga e Humberto Teixeira). The recording of ‘Asa branca’ expresses profound sadness that CAetano lived by being away from Brazil. ‘I don’t want to stay here / I wanna to go back to Bahia’, he says in a song which was a hit on those days. ‘Quero Voltar pra Bahia’ from Paulo Diniz made fro him.
1969
February – On the Ash Wednesday, cAetano and Gil are released and go back to Salvador, where they have to remain in conifinement without apearing in public nor give declarations in public.
April/May – Caetano records the basis of voice and the guittar which are sent to São paulo, where Rogério Duprat will do the arrangements and direct the recording od his new album, ‘Caetano Veloso’.
July – After two farewell concerts, on the 20th and 21st at Teatro Castro Alves, Caetano and Gil leave with their wives, Dedé and Sandra Gadelha, to the exile in England. The show precariously recorded, becomes the album ‘Barra 69’, three years later. In the swinging London of those days, both couples will settle in Chelsea.
August – Launch of ‘Caetano Veloso’. The album is the only one in all his discography that does not bring his picture on the cover, just all white. It couldn’t. How could it be possible to explain Caetano’s little hair? Regarding the album, it brings, among others, ‘Atrás do Trio Elétrico’ and ‘Não identificado’ from himself, and, famous re-creations of ‘Carolina’ (from Chico Buarque) and ‘Cambalache’ (a tango from E.S. Discépolo).
November – Launch of single with ‘Charles, anjo 45’ from Jorge Ben and ‘Não identificado’.
1968
January – Records his first individual album, ‘Caetano Veloso’. Great and memorable classics like ‘Alegria, Alegria’, the emblematic ‘Tropicália’, ‘Soy Loco Por ti, América’ (from Gil and Capinan), ‘No Dia que Eu Vim-me embora’ and ‘Superbacana’.
May – Release of single with a tropicalist reading of ‘Yes, Nós Temos banana’, from João de Barro and Alberto Ribeiro.
July – Release of ‘Tropicália ou Panis et Circensis’, collective album with Caetano, Gil, Gal, Tom Zé, and also conductors and arrangers Rogério Duprat, Julio Medaglia e Damiano Cozzella.
The casting of authors still includes the poets-lyricists tropicalists Torquato Neto, from Piauí and Capinan, from bahia. With Caetano, the repertory highlights ‘Baby’ from himself and recriation of ‘Coração Materno’ from Vicente Celestino.
September – Caetano is booed when performing ‘É Proíbido Proibir’ at 3º FEstival Internacional da Canção (FIC), from TV Globo, at Teatro da Universidade Católica de São Paulo. Dressed in clothes made of plastic, he starts a historic speech against the audience and the jury: ‘You’re undesrtanding nothing’ he yeled. The song is disclassified. It’s released in a single.
November – Sang by Gal Costa, his ‘Divino, Maravilhoso’ in partnership with Gil, takes the third place of the FMPB – in which he participates, defending ‘Queremos Guerra’ from Jorge Ben. The show ‘Divino, Maravilhoso’ starts on TV Tupi.

1967
– Caetano succeeds in ‘Esta Noite se Improvisa’, show of TV Record that promotes disputes in shich the participating artists show their knowledge about popular music, then he becomes more popular.

– Composes the soundtrack of ‘Proezas de Satanás na Terra do Leva-E-Traz’ from Paulo Gil Soares.

July – Hired by Phillips, the label that will launch all his records from now on, Caetano releases his album ‘Domingo’ shared with Gal Costa. On the repertory: ‘Coração Vagabundo’ and ‘Avarandado’, among others. The record shows a filiation of the artist to Bossa Nova. However, he warns on the cover: ‘My inspiration now tends to paths too different from the ones I took so far’.

October – The presentation of his ‘Alegria, Alegria’ under the sound of the electric guitars of the pop Argentinean group ‘Beat Boys’ leads to craziness the 3º FMPB, on TV Record, along the song for capoeira ‘Domingo no Parque’ from Gil with ‘Os Mutantes’. Both songs are respectively in the fourth and second places. Bahians breaking with the tradition in our music.

November – ‘Alegria, Alegria’ is released in compact record. At this time, the Tropicalismo is already in course, an avant-garde movement that will shake our musical and cultural structures, with notable consequences until today. The movement applies and updates in a context of mass, the anthropophagic philosophy from modernist Oswald de Andrade, who proposed the re-processing of foreign information for a creation of an art Brazilian and original. It establishes also a link between rural and urban, the high and low culture, of good and bad taste. Audience, critics and artists among tropicalistas and engaged leftists, divide. Caetano sings ‘I organize the movent’ in a manifest-song ‘Tropicália’.

November 21st – A happening takes place in Salvador and reflects on magazines all over the country: his pop-tropicalista wedding with Dedé Gadelha and she was wearing a mini-skirt.

1966
‘Revista Civilização’ in its seventh volume, publishes a Caetano’s testimonial where he talks about the need of ‘retaking of the evolutionary line of Brazilian popular music’ from the most fundamental lessons from Bossa Nova. That is one of the first theoretical demonstrations from the artist-critic, art thinker, Caetano Veloso.

June – Starting on the era of festivals that shoke the MPB in the 60’s, he competes in São Paulo on ‘Festival Nacional da Música Popular’ on TV Excelsior, with ‘Boa Palavra’ the song sung by Maria Odette, gets the fifth place.

October – The great poet of the song starts to be recognized as such. His ‘Um Dia’ receives the award for best lyrics on the 2º Festival de Música Popular Brasileira, on TV Record, in São Paulo.

1965
A milestone with particular importance for Caetano: in Salvador meets João Gilberto – for him, one of the most important artists from Brazil and one of the main references for his artistic path.

Beginning of the year – Bahia of those days gets small for the greatness of mind and heart of the artist. Already resentful of local provincialism, he abandons college and accompanies his sister, Maria Bethânia, who was asked to substitute Nara Leão in the show ‘Opinião’. Gil, Gal and Tom Zé also move to the south of Brazil.

May – Recording of first single from Caetano, with ‘Cavaleiro’ and ‘Samba em Paz’, both of his by RCA. By the same record label, Bethânia also launches the single ‘É de Manhã’ from him with ‘Carcará’ on the other side, which will make her nationally known.

Second Semester – Participation besides Gil, Gal, Bethânia and Tom Zé, on the show ‘Arena canta Bahia’, directed by Augusto Boal and performed on TBC, in São Paulo. He has his songs included on short-film ‘Viramundo’, directed by Geraldo Sarno.

1964
June – A history milestone: the concert ‘Nós, Por Exemplo’ with Caetano, Gil, Bethânia, Gal and Tom Zé, among others, integrates the events of the opening of Teatro Vila Velha, where it will be again in September. A mix of songs and texts, ‘Nós, Por Exemplo’ will end up influencing the concept of shows with the same structure that will be done in Rio and São Paulo a bit later.

1963
He enters in Faculdade de Filosofia da Universidade Federal da Bahia. Finally meets Gilberto Gil to whom he is introduced by producer Roberto Santana and befriends with Gal Costa (still Maria da Graça then) and Tom Zé. The first musical work: soundtrack of the play ‘O Boca de Ouro’ from Nelson Rodrigues, of the Bahian director Álvaro Guimarães, who invites him to compose one for ‘A Exceção à Regra’ from Bertold Brecht. Important works that helped him to become a singer and composer.

1961
His interest in music intesificates – thanks to Bossa Nova, particularly the Bahian singer and guitarrist João Gilberto; in movies – thanks to Cinema Novo, particularly to director Glauber Rocha, also Bahian; and for theater. On the local university, a program of events introduces a modernizer and avant-garde environment. Caetano writes movie reviews for ‘Diário de Notícias’, whose cultural sections is run by none other than Glaucer Rocha. He learns the guittar, and sings with his sister Maria Bethânia in clubs in Salvador. On TV, he likes when sometimes Gilberto Gil, a new singer, appears. It is in one of those appearances that his mother, ‘dona’ Canô calls him saying: ‘Caetano, come here to see the black that you like’.

1960
Move along his family to Salvador. After middle school in Santo Amaro da Purificação, starts high school.

1956
Spends some time in Rio de Janeiro, where he attends the auditorium of Rádio Nacional, stage of performances of the greatest Brazilian musical idols.

1952
Makes a single recording, for family pleasure, singing ‘Feitiço da Vila’ (from Vadico and Noel Rosa) and ‘Mãezinha Querida’ (from Getúlio Macedo and Lourival Faissal), hit from Carlos Galhardo. At the piano, who plays for him is Nicinha, his sister.

1947
The boy reveals artistic abilities, showing taste for música, drawing and painting. He listens on the radio singers of Brazilian music in vogue, as Luiz Gonzaga and in town, sambas de roda and pontos de macumba.

1946
June 18th – The sixth child of ‘seu’ Zezinho and ‘dona’ Canô (as they always have been called) is born in Santo Amaro da Purificação. On those times, singer Nelson Gonçalves succeeded with the song ‘Maria Bethânia’ (from Capiba) and that is how Caetano wants his new-born sister to be named.

1942
August 7th – Caetano Emanuel Vianna Telles Velloso is born in Santo Amaro da Purificação, a small town in Recôncavo Baiano, near from Salvador. Fifith of the seven children of José Telles Velloso, a public employee from Departamento de Correios e Telégrafos, and Claudionor Vianna Telles Velloso.