Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Zé Cariocas centennial
The guitarist and the parrot.
Zé Carioca & Aurora Miranda (photo: www.zecarioca.com)
José Patrocínio de Oliveira (19041987) was born a hundred years ago today.
To animation lovers around the world, hes best known as the voice of the talking parrot from Disneys animated films Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). He also participated in several Hollywood films as a member of Carmen Mirandas band and released some albums under the name Zé Carioca.
Few are the people who know that Zé Carioca was also the master guitarist Zezinho, who between 1929 and 1931 made some seminal recordings with João Pernambuco and a host of other important artists of the period.
To commemorate the centennial, Jorge Carvalho de Mello wrote a biography of José Patrocínio de Oliveira, revealing many facts about the artist that were hitherto unknown.
If you dont read Portuguese, you can enjoy the delightful pictures on the Zé Carioca website.