Eumir Deodato (Eumir Deodato Almeira)

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Widely known as one of the most respected and sought-after producer, arranger, composer, performer in the music world, Deodato was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Italian and Portuguese origin. A distant relative of Enrico Caruso, Deodato got started by playing the accordion at age 12. Shortly after, he started studying piano as well as orchestration, arranging and conducting, by himself, through books and observation and spending many evenings sitting behind orchestras and watching how they played. His first break came at age 17, when he arranged and conducted his first recording session for a 28-piece orchestra. Read more...