Today, the sad news came to us that Portuguese fado-singer Carlos do Carmo passed away at age 81. Carlos Do Carmo was a Portuguese fado singer. He was one of the most famous interpreters of the Lisbon song. His mother Lucília Do Carmo was a wellknown fadista as well. He began singing and recording in 1963. Until the end of the decade, he released another eleven records. With the arrival of the 1970s came success at home and abroad. In 1976, Portuguese television selected him to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest. Out of six songs, “Uma flor de verde pinho” was chosen as the Portuguese entry.
Carlos Do Carmo sang many songs written by songwriters like Ary dos Santos. He helped to open Lisbon Fado to other musical influences, like jazz and French music, as well as adding the orchestra to the traditional Fado guitar trio or quartet.
After the news of this loss became known, many people honoured Do Carmo. Portuguese Prime minister Antonio Costa stated that ““It is with extreme dismay and deep pain that the government learned of the death of Carlos do Carmo, and decided to declare a day of national mourning to be observed next Monday”.
May Carlos do Carmo rest in peace.