Luiz Claudio, also an acoustic guitarist and great composer ("Deixa A Nega Gingar" aka "Sandalia Dela" received many recordings by such artists as Elza Soares, Elizeth Cardoso, Ithamara Koorax and Duke Pearson with Flora Purim), recorded many albums for the Columbia, RCA, Musidisc and Odeon labels. His legendary rendition of "Este Seu Olhar," done for Columbia in 1958, was arranged by Antonio Carlos Jobim and featured João Gilberto on the guitar. Moacir Santos, Paulo Moura, Wagner Tiso and J.T. Meirelles also appeared on his albums.
Although he devoted most of his life to romantic songs, applying his warm tone and velvet-like voice to Brazilian ballads, cantigas, toadas, modinhas and folk-oriented songs from his native Minas Gerais, Luiz Claudio's most popular composition all over the world is a simple & pretty sambalanço (or "samba-jazz" or "bossa-jazz", you name it) titled "Deixa A Nega Gingar," written in April 1962 and recorded in Brazil by Toni Vestane, Waltel Branco, Elizeth Cardoso, Elza Soares, Celso Murilo, Orlann Divo (aka Orlandivo), and Claudio himself for RCA (with an arrangement by trombonist Astor Silva). In recent years, the song was recorded by Ithamara Koorax, Clara Moreno and Clémentine.
Rest in Peace. We'll continue savouring your music.