Rita Lee, The Legendary Brazilian Rock Singer, Dies At 75

Considered one in all Latin America’s first feminine rockers, the Brazilian rock and roll icon Rita Lee handed away on the age of 75 on Monday. The information relating to the demise of the singer was introduced and confirmed by her household by means of the favored social media platform Instagram on Tuesday.

In line with the information shared by her household, Rita Lee handed away on Monday evening at her dwelling in Sao Paulo.

The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter was mentioned to be surrounded by her household throughout her final moments, similar to she all the time wished, says the family members. Rita Lee was recognized with lung most cancers nearly two years again, in 2021 and he or she had been underneath medicine. 

On account of her superb and profitable profession, Rita Lee is commonly described because the ‘Queen of Brazilian Rock.’ She began out her profession together with the legendary group Os Mutantes.

After serving a big a part of her profitable profession with the group, Rita determined to pursue a solo profession for herself. There too, Rita was in a position to replicate the success that she had along with her group and he or she is indubitably, one of many greatest names within the historical past of Latin rock and roll. 

Following the tragic information of Rita Lee’s demise, many well-known personalities have come ahead with their condolences message by means of totally different social media platforms. Amongst them, the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva additionally expressed his grief.

The president declared three days of nationwide mourning following the demise of one of many greatest and best musicians within the nation. He additionally praised Rita Lee and her music by means of the message that he shared on Twitter.

He famous that Lee was one of many greatest names in Brazilian music and he or she impressed generations of ladies in music and artwork. He additionally said that the nation will always remember Rita Lee or her inventive, daring, and highly effective music. 

The family members of Rita Lee introduced {that a} public wake can be held in honor of Lee on the planetarium of Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo on Wednesday. As for the additional features and proceedings relating to the funeral, the household made it clear that it will likely be a non-public perform and the cremation can be held as the way it wished it to be. 

On the floor stage, Rita Lee was only a musician however she achieved extra than simply success within the music business by means of her works. Rita Lee’s songs had been recognized for the robust messages that they conveyed and talked about daring topics like intercourse, love, and freedom.

Lee was additionally an unavoidable a part of the Tropicalismo motion that affected and revolutionized Brazilian music throughout 1964-1985, even whereas the nation was underneath strict navy rule.

Rita Lee, who was recognized for her iconic pink hair and her coloured sun shades remained an emblem of Brazilian rock music all through the nation for many years. 

Following the demise of the legendary singer, a lot of her contemporaries and different fashionable personalities have expressed their grief by means of totally different messages that they’ve posted on-line.

Fellow singer Gilberto Gil expressed his emotions and love that he shared for Rita by posting a compilation of movies and footage of them singing collectively on-line, together with a caption that learn ‘Relaxation in Peace, my sister.’

Together with Gil, different musical icons of the nation like Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, and Fito Paez additionally paid homage to the late singer. The cultural minister of the nation Margareth Menezes described Rita Lee as a ‘legendary girl’ in her assertion that paid homage to her. 

Born on December 31, 1947, in São Paulo, Rita Lee is the daughter of Charles Fenley Jones and her father used to work as a dentist. Rita was eager about music proper from her childhood and he or she was a pupil of well-known pianist Magdalena Tagliaferro.

Being skilled in classical piano in her early days, Rita Lee was not confused concerning the path that she wished to decide on in her life.

She accomplished her highschool schooling in a French-language faculty and he or she was fluent in numerous languages like French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and English. After finishing her highschool schooling, Rita Lee enrolled in faculty.

Fashionable Brazilian actress Regina Duarte was her classmate in faculty. Rita Lee didn’t full her faculty schooling, She dropped out of faculty in an effort to pursue a profession in music. 

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Rita Lee constructed her profession by means of the favored band Os Mutantes which she was a member of, together with Arnold Baptista and Sergio Dias. The band launched a complete of 5 albums through the time interval from 1968 to 1972. The band grew to become an enormous hit within the Brazilian music business and the recognition of the singers rose excessive.

The band was acknowledged by many fashionable artists of the time and so they additionally labored with Brazilian music icons like Gilberto Gil. After the band was dismembered, it was reformed in 2006 however Rita refused to affix in once more and mentioned that it was simply an try to ‘earn money for geriatry.’ 

Rita Lee left the band in 1972 and targeted on her solo profession as a musician. In line with totally different sources, Rita Lee has offered round 55 million data worldwide. She was additionally in a position to create the success that she loved earlier with the band. Rita Lee obtained married twice in her life.

First, she obtained married to her fellow band member Arnaldo Baptista and later she obtained married to guitarist Roberto de Carvalho. Rita Lee has three youngsters from her second marriage and the names of her youngsters are Beto Lee, Joao Lee, and Antonio.

Rita Lee has additionally revealed her autobiography underneath the identify Rita Lee: Uma Autobiografia. The ebook was very properly obtained amongst Brazilian followers and it went on to grow to be the best-selling non-fiction ebook of 2017 within the nation.

Alongside along with her autobiography, Rita Lee has additionally revealed many various books in her profession.

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