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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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Rita Lee, Brazil’s “queen of rock” who gained a global following together with her colourful and candid type and songs that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism, died Might 8 at her house in São Paulo. She was 75.

The demise was introduced in a press release posted to her official Instagram account.

With a profession spanning six a long time, the singer left an enduring mark together with her irreverence, creativity and hits equivalent to “Mania de Você” (1979) and “Ovelha Negra” (1975). She additionally publicly addressed her struggles with drug abuse.

Though Ms. Lee regarded her voice as “weak and a bit of out of tune,” she loved a long term of top-selling albums, together with “Rita Lee” (1979) and “Rita Lee and Roberto de Carvalho” (1982). Dozens of her songs had been featured in extensively watched telenovelas in Latin America. The behemoth tv community Globo used her rendition of the tune “Poison Weed” in three of its packages.

“I used to be not born to get married and wash underwear. I needed the identical freedom because the boys who used to play on the street with their toy automobiles,” she informed the Brazilian version of Rolling Stone in 2008. “After I received into music, I noticed that the ‘machos’ reigned absolute, much more in rock music. ‘Wow,’ I mentioned, ‘that is the place I’m going to let my fangs out and, actually, give them a tough time.’”

She was a singer and songwriter praised for her versatility, taking part in a minimum of 5 devices: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp. She was additionally one of many first Brazilian musicians to make use of electrical guitar.

Finally her recognition prolonged past Brazil. She carried out in Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany. In 1988, the British newspaper Day by day Mirror revealed that Prince Charles admired her 1981 tune “Lança Fragrance” (“Spray Fragrance”) and regarded her his favourite singer. She received a Latin Grammy within the Finest Portuguese Language Album class in 2001 for her album “3001.”

Rita Lee Jones was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and the USA. Her father’s household, which relocated to Brazil quickly after the Civil Battle, retained many American customs, together with talking English at house, in accordance with a biographical sketch in Up to date Musicians.

Ms. Lee rose to fame with the group Os Mutantes (The Mutants), beginning in 1966. Colours and creativity, in addition to irony and irreverence, had been Ms. Lee’s logos from the beginning. By the mid-Nineteen Seventies, after promoting 200,000 copies of the 1975 album “Forbidden Fruit,” Ms. Lee started to be known as the “queen of rock” on the music scene.

In an interview with the music web site I Have Extra Data Than Buddies! in 2017, Lulu Santos, choose of the Brazilian model of “The Voice,” recalled seeing Ms. Lee play autoharp at a live performance.

“She introduced that factor onstage, in these garments … it was utterly mythological,” the musician mentioned. “There actually is a lineage of ‘ladies’ tied to rock in Brazil, of which she is a authentic consultant. However I see her as a component that distances herself from the cliches of rock. She, from her female standpoint, sees the clumsiness of the worn-out cliche of the male rocker, the one who performs together with his legs open. She noticed proper by means of him.”

She was one of many first public figures in Brazil to popularize feminist themes, equivalent to infusing the lyrics of her 1979 tune “Mania de Voce” (“Mania for You”) with feminine sexuality and pleasure. Comparable songs adopted, equivalent to “Amor e Sexo” (“Love and Intercourse”), which contrasted the 2 intimately, and “Lança Fragrance,” an ode to unbridled hedonism.

Later in life, she turned a vegan and animal rights activist. For many years, she saved her hair shiny purple and sometimes wore matching glasses, a preferred look that she discarded in recent times as she allowed her grey to develop out. She resolved in 2015 to reinvent herself as a white butterfly.

In her autobiography, revealed the next 12 months, she described the sexual abuse she suffered as a baby by the hands of a person who had come to repair her mom’s stitching machine.

She additionally referred to herself as a “insurgent” and “hippie communist,” and wrote of sneaking out the home windows of her home as a young person to play, being arrested through the dictatorship for possession of marijuana, and her a number of stints in rehab clinics for medication and alcohol.

“I acknowledge that my finest songs had been written in an altered state, and my worst too. I solely remorse my delay in realizing that the ‘medication’ had lengthy since expired,” she wrote. “My era suffered the claustrophobia of a brutal dictatorship, and utilizing medication was a option to breathe airs of freedom.”

In an interview with the tv program “Fantastico” in 2020, she defined that bodily frailty had prompted her to depart the stage eight years earlier.

“Getting outdated, for me, was a shock, as a result of I’ve by no means been outdated in my life,” she informed the present. “I used to be left eager to stay my outdated age away from the stage, with out sharing it with the general public.”

Survivors embody three kids and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership. In 2021, they launched a brand new tune, “Change,” and a remix of a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Years earlier than, she imagined her demise: “I shall be in heaven,” she wrote, “with my soul current taking part in my autoharp and singing to God, ‘Thanks, Lord, lastly sedated.’ Epitaph: She was by no means a great instance, however she was good individuals.”

Washington Submit workers contributed to this report.

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