By Sweet Sound of Sunrise
There are few musicians who have managed to perform, let alone be as innovative, prolific and collaborate with as many popular musicians, as Sergio Mendes does to this day.
Born in Niteroi, Brazil in 1941, Sergio Mendes’ original intentions were to become a classical pianist. He soon found, however, that jazz was his true calling and began playing in jazz clubs in his late teens. His music was destined to be an early success, and by the early 1960s he was already touring Europe and the United States. He formed Brasil ’66, with whom he released the platinum album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66.
More mainstream success followed with the band’s bossa version of the much-covered Bacharach-David song The Look of Love. Although his American career stalled for a while in the 1970s, he worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, and was still successful elsewhere. Mendes returned to the United States with more hits in the 1980s, and his 1992 album Brasileiro even went on to win the Grammy for Best World Music Album.
The 1990s were very good for Mendes’ career, especially with the increased popularity of lounge music in the American mainstream. His most recent album, 2006’s Timeless, is full of collaborations with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, and Justin Timberlake. Not bad for an album that was released over 45 years after his first.
Take this classic, 1966’s Mas Que Nada, add the Black Eyed Peas, and this is what you get:
Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes feat. Black Eyed Peas