Carlos Paião

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Carlos Manuel de Marques Paião (born in Coimbra on 1 November 1957 - 26 August 1988 in Rio Maior) was a very popular singer and song-writer in Portugal.

He represented Portugal at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Playback.

Carlos Paião was also a doctor, having graduated in Medicine in 1983, but his great passion was music.

Some of his songs became national hits.

In August 1988, Carlos Paião died in a car accident on N1 Road ("old" road Lisbon-Oporto) in Ponte Amieira, near Rio Maior, Santarém district, while returning from a concert. The Datsun Urvan Carlos Paião was travelling in collided head on with a truck that was irregularly overtaking a broken car.[1]

Some songs recorded by Carlos Paião:

  • Playback
  • Pó-de-arroz (Rice Powder)
  • Souvenir de Portugal (Souvenir from Portugal)
  • Vinho do Porto (Port Wine), a duet performed with Cândida Branca Flor
  • Zero-a-zero (Nil-Nil)
  • Cinderela
  • Marcha do Pião das Nicas
  • Ga-Gago (stu-stutterer)
  • Meia-dúzia (half a dozen)
  • Telefonia nas ondas do ar (Radio in the Air Waves)

Songs recorded by other artists such as Herman José, Joel Branco, Candida Branca Flôr, Amália Rodrigues, Nuno da Câmara Pereira, Peter Petersen, Florbela Queirós, Octávio de Matos, Alexandra, Rodrigo, Lenita Gentil, António Mourão, Ana, Carlos Quintas, Gabriel Cardoso, Pedro Couceiro, Vasco Rafael, Luis Arriaga, and Norberto de Sousa.


  1. ^ Death of Carlos Paião. Jornal de Sábado, RTP. 26 August 1988 on YouTube (in Portuguese)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
José Cid
with "Um grande, grande amor"
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Bem bom"