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Lupicínio Rodrigues (September 16, 1914 – August 27, 1974) was a renowned Brazilian singer and composer hailing from Rio Grande do Sul. He made significant contributions to the samba-canção genre and was known for his distinctive style, which he humorously referred to as “dor-de-cotovelo” or “elbow pain.” This term was inspired by his personal experiences with heartbreak, reflecting the emotional depth of his music. Rodrigues’ compositions have left an indelible mark on Brazilian music and have been interpreted and recorded by numerous artists.

Here are some of his most notable compositions:

  1. Hino do Grêmio (Grêmio Anthem): Lupicínio Rodrigues is famous for composing the anthem of Grêmio, a prominent football club in Brazil.
  2. Vingança (Revenge): This emotionally charged song has been performed by various artists, including Linda Baptista, Elza Soares, Arnaldo Antunes, and Arrigo Barnabé.
  3. Felicidade (Happiness): Lupicínio’s “Felicidade” has been covered by well-known musicians like Caetano Veloso and Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano, showcasing its enduring appeal.
  4. Cadeira Vazia (Empty Chair): This poignant composition has been interpreted by iconic Brazilian artists such as Elis Regina, Nelson Gonçalves, Francisco Alves, and Jamelão.

Lupicínio Rodrigues’ music continues to resonate with audiences, and his contributions to Brazilian music, particularly in the realm of samba-canção, remain highly regarded.

On 16 September 2019, a Google Doodle was created to celebrate Lupicínio Rodrigues’ 105th Birthday.

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