Gal Costa – Canta A Caymmi 1976
In this 1976 release, Costa sings ten of Dorival Caymmi’s musical vignettes of life in Salvador, Bahia, about which she knows a great deal (it’s her hometown).
Gal Costa was born on September 26, 1945, in the city of Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, Brazil. Her mother, Mariah Costa Penna (deceased 1993) spent hours listening to classical music during her pregnancy in hopes that Gal would be interested in music. Gal’s father, Arnaldo Burgos (deceased 1960), died when Gal was 15 years old and the two would never meet.
At the age of 10, Gal befriended sisters, Sandra and Andréia Gadelha, the future spouses of singer-songwriters Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, respectively. At 14, she first listened to João Gilberto’s “Chega de Saudade” on the radio and became interested in Bossa Nova. She then went on to work as a clerk on Salvador’s main record store to get closer to music. At 18, she was introduced to Caetano Veloso by Andréa Gadelha, engaging with him in a deep friendship that still lasts.
Video: Gal Costa – Só Louco 1976