Rita Lee Jones (31 December 1947 – 8 May 2023) was a Brazilian rock singer, composer, and writer. She was a member of the Brazilian band Os Mutantes and a popular figure in Brazilian entertainment. She was also known for being an animal rights activist and a vegan. She sold more than 55 million records worldwide. Her autobiography Rita Lee: Uma Autobiografia was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2017 in Brazil.
Lee was married to Mutante Arnaldo Baptista from 1968 to 1972. In 1976, MPB singer Ney Matogrosso introduced her to guitarist Roberto de Carvalho, whom she married, and they had three children: Beto Lee, João Lee, and Antônio. (wikipedia)
Rita Lee is a Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress who has been active in the music scene since the 1970s. She is most well-known for her work with the rock band Os Mutantes (the Mutants). She has also collaborated with other artists such as Mutantes Cifra Club, Roberto de Carvalho, and A Cor do Som.
Rita Lee Jones was born on December 31, 1947 in São Paulo, Brazil. She was the only child of her parents, who were both physicians. From an early age, she had an interest in music and performing arts. She attended a theatre school and learned to play the piano.
At the age of 17, Rita formed her first rock band called Os Mutantes (the Mutants). In 1968, they released their first album which was very successful. Throughout her career, she has released over 20 albums with Os Mutantes and as a solo artist. Some of her most popular songs include “Terezinha de Jesus”, “A Paz”, “Lança Perfume”, and “Ovelha Negra”.
Rita has collaborated with many different artists throughout her career. She has worked with Mutantes Cifra Club since 1972 and released two albums with them. She also collaborated with Roberto de Carvalho on his album “Roberto de Carvalho e os Mutantes” in 1973. In 1974, she collaborated with A Cor do Som on their album “A Cor do Som”.
In recent years, Rita has continued to perform live concerts and release new music. In 2017, she released her latest album “Eu Sou Assim” which received critical acclaim. She is still actively performing today and is one of Brazil’s most iconic musicians.
Lee died at her home in São Paulo on 8 May 2023, at the age of 75. She had been in treatment for lung cancer for over a year before her death. Brazilian musicians and celebrities, such as Lulu Santos and Xuxa Meneghel, and politicians including the President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and various of his ministers, lamented her death and exalted Lee. (wikipedia)
Aqui, Ali, Em Qualquer Lugar also issued as Bossa ‘n Beatles is a 2001 album by Brazilian rock singer Rita Lee. The album is composed of covers of the British band The Beatles.(wikipedia)
On this album Rita Lee, in a very personal and inventive way, interprets 11 songs by the Beatles, her teenage idols. Five of the songs have been given new and quite fine Portuguese lyrics by Lee and all of the songs are performed in a very different way compared to the original recordings. The perhaps most impressive and surprising thing with this album is that Lee actually succeeds in making these old Beatles songs, some of which have been played almost to death over the years, sound fresh, interesting, and new. The Brazilian style that has been added to the songs (some more than others) doesn’t at any point sound forced or out of place, and the arrangements and production by Roberto de Carvalho are both superb.
The general style of the album is a rather gentle, bossa nova-inspired way of performing, but the opening track is a very upbeat bossa rock version of “A Hard Days Night.” The third track is a version of “If I Fell” called “Pra Você eu Digo Sim” and is performed in a modern bossa nova style. “Pra Você eu Digo Sim” was a hit in Brazil when it was released as a single. The fourth track is a gentle interpretation of “All My Loving,” which is followed by “Minha Vida” — an absolutely great version of “In My Life.”
The ninth track, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” has been given a distinct touch of forro, with the genre’s indispensable accordion and all. The album ends in a great crescendo with a brilliant version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Also, at the end of the album there are three so-called bonus tracks, which are nothing else but “Here, There and Everywhere,” “In My Life,” and “If I Fell,” performed again by Lee in the same way as earlier on the album, but this time with the original English lyrics. For anyone speaking Portuguese, these three tracks are quite superfluous. On the whole, one would imagine it impossible to make a more inventive or better Beatles interpretation album than this one. (by Philip Jandovský)
João Barone (drums on 01., 06. + 09.)
Serginho Carvalho (bass on 01., 03., 10. + 14.)
Roberto De Carvalho (guitar, keyboards, mellotron)
Laercio Costa (percussion on 03., 08., 10., 11. + 14.)
Cotô (effects on 08. + 11.)
João Donato (piano on 02., 04. + 11.)
Toninho Ferragutti (accordion on 07. + 09.)
Rita Lee (vocals, mellotron on 02.)
Otavio De Moraes (effects on 04., drums on 10.)
James Müller (percussion on 01., 04., 06. – 09., drums on 10.)
Raul Müller (effects on 03. + 14.)
Arismar Do Espírito Santo (bass on 04., 06. – 09. + 11.)
Luis Paulo Serafim (effects on 03., 08., 11. + 14.)
01. A Hard Day’s Night 3.41
02. With A Little Help From My Friends 2.49
03. Pra Você Eu Digo Sim (If I Fell) 2.42
04. All My Loving 3.06
05. Minha Vida (In My Life) 2.25
06. She Loves You 2.40
07. Michelle 2.45
08. Here, There And Everywhere (Aqui, Ali, Em Qualquer Lugar) (Bilingual) 2.28
09. I Want To Hold Your Hand 2.20
10. Tudo Por Amor (Can’t Buy Me Love) 2.40
11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 4.38
12. Here, There And Everywhere 2.27
13. In My Life 2.25
14. If I Fell 2.41
All songs written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney