Together with Beth Carvalho and Alcione, Clara Nunes, in life, was regarded as one of the three Queens of Samba. She had (and still has) enormous success with sambas by composers of the hills like "JuÃzo Final" (Nelson Cavaquinho/Ã‰lcio Soares) and "CoraÃ§Ã£o Leviano" (Paulinho da Viola) and songs devoted to her religion, the CandomblÃ©. Among her hits, recorded in her solo 16 albums, there are "VocÃª Passa E Eu Acho GraÃ§a" (Ataulfo Alves/Carlos Imperial), "ÃŠ Baiana," "A Deusa Dos OrixÃ¡s," "MacunaÃma," "O Mar Serenou," (Candeia), "As ForÃ§as Da Natureza" (JoÃ£o Nogueira/Paulo CÃ©sar Pinheiro), "Guerreira," "Feira de Mangaio" (Sivuca/Glorinha Gadelha), "Portela Na Avenida" (Mauro Duarte/Paulo CÃ©sar Pinheiro), and "NaÃ§Ã£o" (JoÃ£o Bosco/Aldir Blanc). An orphan since childhood, Clara Nunes became a manual laborer at a factory suffering with difficulties and poverty. In 1960, she won the Minas Gerais section of the national contest A Voz de Ouro ABC and was classified in the third place in the national final. Hired by a radio, she had her own show at TV Itacolomi (Minas Gerais). Also singing in nightclubs, she was appointed for three times as best singer of the year. She moved to Rio in 1965 and was hired by TV Continental. The first record came in next year, A Voz AdorÃ¡vel de Clara Nunes. Singing boleros and sambas-canÃ§Ã£o, the option for the samba came only in 1968 with her first hit, "VocÃª Passa E Eu Acho GraÃ§a" (Ataulfo Alves/Carlos Imperial). In 1970, she had success with "Ã‰ Baiana" (FabrÃcio da Silva/Baianinho/ÃŠnio Santos Ribeiro/Miguel PancrÃ¡cio) and the Portela samba-enredo "Ilu AyÃª" (Norival Reis/Silvestre Davi da Silva). In 1972, she staged her first show, SabiÃ¡ SabiÃ´. The samba "Tristeza PÃ© No ChÃ£o" (Armando Fernandes), recorded in the same year, sold more than 100,000 copies. In 1973, sided by VinÃcius de Moraes and Toquinho, she opened in Salvador, the show O Poeta, A MoÃ§a e O ViolÃ£o. In the same year, she performed in Lisbon, Portugal, and, in the next year, in the MIDEM (Cannes, France). In 1974, her LP Alvorecer had the hits "Conto de Areia" (Romildo/Toninho), "Menino de Deus" (Mauro Duarte/Paulo CÃ©sar Pinheiro), and "Meu Sapato JÃ¡ Furou" (Elton Medeiros/Mauro Duarte), selling 300,000 copies and opening opportunities for other female singers like Alcione and Beth Carvalho. In 1975, she toured several European countries. This was the year in which she released her most successful album, Claridade, followed by the also successful Canto Das TrÃªs RaÃ§as. In 1980, she had another big hit with "Morena de Angola," written by Chico Buarque especially for her. She died during a controverted varicose veins surgery, provoking generalized consternation. ~ Alvaro NederPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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