Composer of bossa nova classics like "Lobo Bobo" and "Saudade Fez Um Samba" (with Carlos Lyra), Ronaldo Bôscoli was a prominent figure of that movement, serving as an articulator and producer as well. His work was also recorded by João Gilberto on his CD, Chega de Saudade (1959), which included "O Barquinho," "Telefone," "Vagamente," "Balançamba," and "Telefone" (with Roberto Menescal). As an experienced journalist, he helped promote shows that first brought the new sound to a major audience. Bôscoli had quite a handful of illustrious artists in his genealogical tree: his great-grand aunt was none other than Chiquinha Gonzaga; he was also a nephew of Jardel Bôscoli and Geysa Bôscoli, and a cousin to Héber de Bôscoli and Jardel Filho. His professional debut was as a journalist at the Diário da Noite paper in 1951. That same year, he went to work as a reporter at the Última Hora paper, where he also worked with Vinícius de Moraes (who would marry his sister Lila soon afterwards). Bôscoli, who was already acquainted with Tom Jobim, was the one who introduced Jobim to his brother-in-law when de Moraes needed a composer for the historic play Orfeu (fundamental for the history of bossa nova). In 1959, with Miéle, Bôscoli gave birth to a series of performances that became known as "pocket-shows" (in contrast to the big orchestral gigs in the luxury casinos prior to the prohibition of gambling in 1940). Realized in the nightclubs of the Beco das Garrafas (Rio), the shows presented Sérgio Mendes, Nara Leão, Sívia Telles, Elis Regina, and other artists who would become famous. His first song to be recorded was "Senate" (with Chico Feitosa). Bôscoli produced shows by Joan Crawford and Sarah Vaughan (in 1967 and 1971, respectively), along with several other shows by Brazilian artists. He also directed Elis Regina's TV show O Fino da Bossa and was married to her from 1967 to 1972. With Miéle, Bôscoli produced shows by major acts like Roberto Carlos for 24 years.
Ronaldo Bôscoli Biography
by Alvaro Neder