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Sergio Mendes

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11, 1941
Niterói, Brazil
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11, 1941 (age 80)
Niterói, Brazil


Bandleader who popularized the Brazilian sound. He was known for crossing bossa nova with jazz and funk.

Before Fame

His album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 featured his breakout hit, Mas Que Nada, which was so popular it boosted album sales to the platinum level.


He produced Lani Hall's vocals for the theme song to Never Say Never Again, the 1983 James Bond movie with Sean Connory.

Family Life

He married his frequent collaborator Gracinha Leporace. They began performing together in the early 1970s. He has two children named Gustavo and Tiago.

Associated With

He rerecorded Mas Que Nada with Stacy Ferguson, a.k.a. Fergie, and The Black Eyed Peas.