Friday, October 11, 2013

R.I.P.: Norma Bengell

(born February 21, 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil;
died October 9, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil) de outubro de 20131 )

Brazilian singer, model, actress, movie producer and movie director.
Her rendition of "Fever" -- yes, the same song recorded by Peggy Lee and Madonna -- from her stunning debut album, "Oooooh Norma!" (arranged by Lindolpho Gaya in 1959), became a dancefloor hit in the acid jazz scene of the 80s and 90s, being included in many best-selling compilations such as "Groovy Vol. 4 - A Collection Of Rare Jazzy Club Tracks" (on the IRMA label), alongside tracks by Herbie Hancock, Deodato and Esther Phillips.
Norma Bengell also achieved a big hit in Brazil with her 1964 recording of "Você," a duet with pianist-vocalist Dick Farney which was most recently included on the "Woman On Top" soundtrack (Sony) as well as on the compilation "Bossa Nova Singers," produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve in 2007.
Rest In Peace.

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