Violeta Cavalcanti had success in the decades of 1940 and 1950 with a repertory of sambas and Carnival marches. At ten she was encouraged to be a singer by the demanding Heitor Villa-Lobos, who had a national training project that put him in constant contact with students. Still a teenager, she was also praised by Ary Barroso in his novice show. After that she began to participate in several radio programs in Rio, being hired by Rádio Ipanema. Her first album was released in the Carnival of 1940 and included "Pulo do Gato" (J. Cascata/F. Correia da Silva) and "Vou Sair de Pai João" (J. Cascata/Leonel Azevedo). In 1941, she was hired by Rádio Nacional, where she stayed until 1957. Between 1957 and 1977, Cavalcanti abandoned the artistic life for her marriage. In 1977, she had a season with Paulinho da Viola and decided to return, starting to record again. In the '90s she teamed up with other singers of the Golden Age of radio (Nora Ney, Carmélia Alves, Ellen de Lima, Rosita Gonzáles, and Zezé Gonzaga), forming the group As Eternas Cantoras do Rádio, which also has recorded CDs.
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