One of the greatest treasures of Brazil is the
songwriter, singer novelist and playwright Francisco Buarque de Hollanda, better known as Chico Buarque. He was chosen as “Brazil's Musician of the Century” by the prominent weekly
news magazine 'Isto E' (Music legends like Tom Jobim, came in second, Milton Nascimento, Jočo Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, and Gilberto Gil were chosen among the top 10).
Buarque has been a major influence on the
Brazilian music scene since the mid 1960's. His catalogue contains more then 300 songs, many of which were top 10 hits in Brazil in the past 4 decades.
His music is extremely popular in all of the Latin
world. His hits have been adapted into Spanish and Italian and some even into French.
for "San Francisco" was sparked by my admiration for Chico Buarque and another one of my favorites, the great composer /pianist Francis Hime, who frequently collaborated with