Vinicius de Moraes' favorite interpreter, Maria Creuza had success with several songs written by AntÃ´nio Carlos Pinto (her husband) and Jocafi. Having also recorded and toured with Moraes (Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar, 1972), she had her albums released in Europe and Japan, where she performed regularly. Her biggest hits were "Apelo" (Baden Powell/Vinicius de Moraes), "Eu Disse Adeus" (Roberto Carlos), "Pois Ã‰" (Chico Buarque/Tom Jobim), "FeijÃ£ozinho Com Torresmo" (Walter Queiroz), "Festa no Terreiro de Alaketu" (AntÃ´nio Carlos Pinto), "Mas Que Doidice" (AntÃ´nio Carlos/Jocafi), and "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" (Jobim/de Moraes). Having achieved local popularity as the crooner of the group Les Girls, Maria Creuza started to perform in radio and TV, hosting the show Encontro com Maria Creuza (TV ItapoÃ£, Salvador, Bahia) for four years. Since 1965, she was involved with composer AntÃ´nio Carlos Pinto, of the duo AntÃ´nio Carlos & Jocafi, and in 1966, Creuza participated in the festival O Brasil Canta (Brazil Sings, TV Excelsior), interpreting "Se NÃ£o Houvesse Maria" (AntÃ´nio Carlos). In 1967, Creuza interpreted "Festa no Terreiro de Alaketu" (AntÃ´nio Carlos) in the III Festival de MÃºsica Popular Brasileira/FMPB (Festival of Brazilian Popular Music, TV Record), released as a single in the same year. She would be appointed the Best Interpreter and achieve third place in 1969 at the IV Festival UniversitÃ¡rio (University Festival, Rio) for the composition "Mirante" (Aldir Blanc/CÃ©sar Costa Filho), having presented in the same year "CatendÃª" (AntÃ´nio Carlos/Jocafi) at the V FMPB. In 1970, Creuza performed with Vinicius de Moraes and Dori Caymmi in Punta del Este (Uruguay), having the show being recorded live and released as an LP. In 1972, she toured France and Italy. Two years later, she won second place at the II World Festival of Popular Music, in Tokyo, Japan, with "Que Diacho de Dor" (AntÃ´nio Carlos/Jocafi). ~ Alvaro NederPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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