Influential Brazilian composer and musician known for hit songs likes "Romaria", "Tocando em Frente" and "Freight". He is praised for his poetic lyrics and folk musical style.
When he was 15, he began working as a radio broadcaster on the station Diffusora de Taubaté. He graduated from Technological Institute of Aeronautics with a degree in engineering in 1967.
In 1992 he won the Latin Grammy for his album "Ao Vivo in Tatuí".
His children are Chico, João Lavraz and Antônia.