Composer of classic sambas like "Lata D'água" and "Sapato de Pobre," Candeias Jota Júnior became a renowned composer of Carnaval music, having had his songs recorded by over 70 interpreters, like Francisco Alves, Orlando Silva, Marlene, Emilinha Borba, Gilberto Alves, Jackson do Pandeiro, Jorge Goulart, Dalva de Oliveira, Araci de Almeida, Os Cariocas, Carlos José, Araci Costa, Miltinho, Helena de Lima, Ângela Maria, Virgínia Lane, Orlando Correia, Linda Batista, Dircinha Batista, Jorge Veiga, Elizeth Cardoso, Ademilde Fonseca, Jair Rodrigues, Nelson Gonçalves, Tânia Maria, Francisco Carlos, and Joel DeAlmeida. His over 150 songs were recorded both in Brazil and internationally. His first samba was written at 12, "Agora é Tarde," and in 1949 he had his first song recorded, "Surpresa," by Odete Amaral. His biggest hits were "Sapato de Pobre" (with Luís Antônio, 1951) recorded by Marlene; "Lata D'água" (with Luís Antônio, 1952) recorded by Marlene; "Confete" (with David Nasser) recorded by Francisco Alves; "Sassaricando" (with Luís Antônio/Oldemar Magalhães) recorded by Virgínia Lane; "Mamãe, Eu Levei Bomba" (with Oldemar Magalhães, 1958) recorded by Dircinha Batista; "Mamãe, Eu Vou Às Compras" (with Castelo, 1959) recorded by Emilinha Borba; "Favela Amarela" (with Oldemar Magalhães, 1960) recorded by Araci Costa; "Garota de Saint-Tropez" (with Braguinha, 1962) recorded by Jorge Veiga; and "Twist no Carnaval" (with Braguinha, 1963) recorded by Marlene. Still active, Jota Júnior launched the CDCandeias Jota Jr. Canta Suas Músicas in two volumes in 2000 .
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