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YouTubers Dig Eumir Deodato

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Eumir Deodato remains one of the most successful and prolific Brazilian arranger-composers of the post-bossa era. He came to the U.S. in late 1960s to arrange several of Astrud Gilberto's post-Stan Getz bossa nova albums. Deodato has arranged more than 500 records, a portion under his own name and numerous albums and songs for American singers and pop acts including Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Roberta Flack and Kool & the Gang's hits Celebration, Ladies' Night and Too Hot. He also is responsible for raising the visibility of the Fender Rhodes electric piano on commercial recordings in the early 1970s.

Here are YouTube videos by musicians covering Deodato's songs:

Here's Baiaozhino...



Here's San Juan Sunset...



Here's Spirit of Summer by Andrea Ocello...



Here's Carly and Carole by Riccardo Dalli Cardillo, in the baseball cap. As for the gentleman playing the backing-track keyboard in the rear? That's Deodato himself...



Here's Super Strut by Radio Vaccari Quarteto...



And here's another cover of Carly and Carole...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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