Wikipedia : This day (May 11, 1939), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is born Carlos Eduardo Lyra Barbosa a.k.a. Carlos Lyra, a Brazilian singer and composer.
Official Site : And last, no matter how fond are my memories of adolescence and youth, I would never accept any deal that would force me to go back to that period, unless I could take with me all my baggage of experience accumulated right up to this very moment. I can even feel saudade of that which I have been, but never regret I what I am no longer.
@allmusic : One of the most important artists of the bossa nova movement, Carlos Lyra was also an intellectual behind the movement, forging new directions like the protest song. Lyra wrote some of the best moments of the bossa nova on his own or together with illustrious partners like Vinícius de Moraes.
@last.fm : Along with Roberto Menescal, he was a primary figure of the younger generation of bossa nova musicians who closely followed the inception of the style by João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Later, he joined Nara Leão as part of the bossa’s activist wing, seeking a return to its samba roots.