Producer, singer, songwriter, Aloysio de
Oliveira was a graduated dentist, but never embraced the profession.
As a teenager, in 1929, he joined Bando da Lua, who would record the
debut album in 1931. Aloysio sang the samba “Tá de Mona” (Mazinho/
Maércio). Later, in 1939, he traveled to the USA with his band to
perform with Carmen Miranda (with whom he had an affair). During the
1940s, he began working for Walt Disney, writing soundtracks and also as
a consultant (he helped creating the character Zé Carioca). He worked
with Bando da Lua until Carmen passed away in 1955. Aloysio returned to
Brazil in 1956, working as artistic director at EMI. In 1959, he was in
charge of the release of João Gilberto's turning point album, "Chega de
Saudade". He married singer Sílvia Telles in 1963, producing her albums
and founding the label Elenco. Aloyisio launched various artists, such
as Edu Lobo, Nara Leão, Nana Caymmi, Vinicius de Moraes, etc. Still in
the 1960s, he co-wrote a number of legendary bossa nova songs with Tom
Jobim: "Dindi”, “Só Tinha de Ser com Você”, “Inútil Paisagem”, “Eu
Preciso de Você”, and others. When Elenco closed down in 1968, he
returned to the USA, producing albums for Brazilian artists at Warner.
He moved back to Brazil in 1972, working as a producer for labels like
Odeon, RCA Victor and Som Livre. Eleven years later, he published
the autobiography “De Banda pra Lua” (Ed. Record). Aloysio de
Oliveira died in Los Angeles, aged 80, in 1995.