One of the most important bossa nova singers, Silvinha Telles had success with several immortal classics of the genre, like "Corcovado" (Tom Jobim), "Se é Tarde me Perdoa" (Carlos Lyra/Ronaldo Bôscoli), "Amor em Paz" (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes), "Insensatez" (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes), "Você" (Roberto Menescal/Ronaldo Bôscoli), "Balanço Zona Sul" (Tito Madi), "Preciso Aprender a Ser Só" (Marcos Valle/Paulo Sérgio Valle) and "Eu Preciso de Você" (Tom Jobim/Aloysio de Oliveira), among others.Mother of the vocalist Cláudia Telles, Silvinha Telles debuted as a professional in 1955 in the revue Gente de Bem e Champanhota, staged at the Follies theater (Rio de Janeiro), with the song "Amendoim Torradinho" (Augusto Garcez/Ciro de Souza). The song was recorded by her in the same year together with "Desejo" (Garoto/José Vasconcelos/Luís Cláudio). Her next 78 rpm is considered one of the bossa nova forerunners, with "Menina" (Carlos Lyra) and "Foi a Noite" (Tom Jobim/Newton Mendonça). With her husband Candinho she hosted the programme Música e Romance (at TV Rio), with guests like Johnny Alf, Tom Jobim, Billy Blanco, Dolores Durán and Garoto. In 1957 she had her first long player released, Carícia, with "Chove Lá Fora" (Tito Madi), "Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Você" (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes) and "Canção da Volta" (Ismael Neto/Antônio Maria). In 1958 she performed at the Grupo Universitário Hebraico (Rio), one of the important shows preceding the bossa nova boom, with Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal, among others. Sílvia (1959) had "Estrada do Sol" (Tom Jobim/Dolores Durán) and "Mágoa" (Tito Madi). Amor de Gente Moça (from the same year, the album that brought her the definitive consecration) had several songs by Tom Jobim: "Só em Teus Braços", "A Felicidade" (with Vinícius de Moraes), "Sem Você" (with Vinícius de Moraes) and "O Que Tinha de Ser" (with Vinícius de Moraes). Also in 1959 she participated in the historic I Festival de Samba Session, at he architecture school of the state university of Rio de Janeiro (Faculdade Nacional de Arquitetura). In 1961 she went to the U.S., where she recorded Silvia Telles USA (with "Canção que Morre no Ar", by Carlos Lyra/Ronaldo Bôscoli, and "Manhã de Carnaval", by Luís Bonfá/Antônio Maria), produced by Aloysio de Oliveira, whom she married two years later. One of her top shows was O Remédio é Bossa (1984), at the Paramount theater (São Paulo), with Tom Jobim, Os Cariocas, Alaíde Costa and Carlos Lyra. Having performed in 1966 in Germany, he died in the same year in a car accident in Rio de Janeiro when she was about to return to the U.S.
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