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Francisco José
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A romantic voice by excellence, Francisco Jose was one of the revelations from the Center for Preparation of Radio Artists and one of the most popular names of the song in the mid fifties.

You can, however, count on your fingers the years of his career actually spent in Portugal, as the bulk of his career was spent in Brazil. 
 
Born in Évora, in 1924, Francisco José Galopim de Carvalho (his full name, his brother is scientist Galopim de Carvalho) debuted himself artistically at his high school senior prom, but only started his professional career in 1948, after leaving his engineering course. He was accepted at the Center for Preparation of Artists for National Radio in the same year, and soon his warm and suggestive voice made him one of the preferred artists by listeners of radio. And in 1951, he published what would be his ex-libris: the ballad “Olhos Castanhos”, it became a true sensation and would be forever linked to his voice. It was not, however, his only success, as would be proven by “Deixar Falar o Mundo” and “Ana Paula”. 
 
In 1954, he departed to Brazil, a market then very open to Portuguese artists, but he never imagined that he would be set permanently in his "sister country", leaving behind a successful career made in Portugal. Until 1960 he performed mainly for the Portuguese community rooted in Brazil, and only in 1961 did he record his first record: a new version of Brown Eyes, which brought about unprecedented success in the country, selling a million copies. Soon, Francisco Jose became a star in Brazil and the most popular Portuguese artist ever in the country, where he lived until the eighties.

He returned, however, regularly to Portugal where, in 1964, is a protagonist of a "diplomatic incident" he proved, on a live variety program that Portuguese artists were poorly paid for their participation on television programs, while international artists received small fortunes. He didn’t perform on Portuguese television again until 1980. 
 
In 1973, he debuted his most successful song ever in Portugal “Guitarra Toca Baixinho”, launched during one of the seasons where he regularly visited Portugal. Only in the eighties did he finally return to Portugal, where he launched, in 1983, his last record, the single “As Crianças Não Querem a Guerra”. He died in 1988. 
 

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