Dominguinhos has had success as a musician, both solo and as a sideman for consecrated artists like Luís Gonzaga, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Maria Bethânia. As a composer, Dominguinhos has produced hits recorded by acts like Maria Bethânia, Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Elba Ramalho, and Fagner. He has also written cinema soundtracks and has won four Prêmio Sharp Awards. At six he was already playing his eight-button accordion together with his brothers at fairs and streets of his hometown, Garanhuns (Pernambuco), and neighboring villages and cities. At seven, Dominguinhos was noticed by Luís Gonzaga. At 13 he moved with his family to Rio and, when he went looking for Gonzaga was presented by him with a 120-button accordion. Always working as a musician, Dominguinhos performed in several places in Rio. In 1964, ...
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