Elis Regina Carvalho Costa (March 17, 1945 â January 19, 1982) was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she began her career as singer at age 11 on a children's radio show, RÃ¡dio Farroupilha. She won her first festival song contest in 1965 singing "ArrastÃ£o" ("The Trawling Net") by Edu Lobo and VinÃcius de Moraes.
She recorded songs by such musicians as Gilberto Gil. She also recorded songs by AntÃ´nio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, JoÃ£o Bosco, Aldir Blanc, Chico Buarque, Jorge Ben and Caetano Veloso. She had an exciting voice and superb intonation, and excelled at up-tempo numbers. Her nickname was "FuracÃ£o" ("The Hurricane"), and also "Pimentinha" ("Little Pepper").
Elis Regina succumbed to a cocaine overdose in 1982, at the age of 36, having recorded dozens of top-selling records in her career. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.