José Cid

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José Cid
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Background information
Birth nameJosé Albano Cid de Ferreira Tavares
Born (1942-02-04) February 4, 1942 (age 79)
Chamusca, Portugal
GenresPop rock, progressive rock, folk
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter, Keyboards
Years active1956–present

José Cid (José Albano Cid de Ferreira Tavares), born on February 4, 1942 in Chamusca, Portugal, is a Portuguese singer and composer. Abroad, Cid is best known for performing "Um grande, grande amor" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 and for his progressive rock album 10,000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus e Marte.

Cid has been awarded 25 Silver, eight Gold (two double), and three Platinum records.

Early life[edit]

Cid was born in 1942 in Chamusca, son of Francisco Albano Coutinho Ferreira and Fernanda Tavares Salter Cid Ferreira Gameiro. At age 6, he moved with his family to the municipality of Anadia.[1][2] His professional career began when he started a covers band called Os Babies ("The Babies"), in 1956.

José Cid married Gabriela Carrascalão in 2013. Carrascalão is an East Timorese journalist and artist/painter.[3] Cid and Gabriela live in a farm in Mogofores, municipality of Anadia. José Cid has one daughter, Ana Sofia Infante Pedroso (born 1964) from his first marriage with Emilia Infante Pedroso. Ana Sofia worked briefly with her father, but are currently estranged.[4]

In 1965 Cid dropped out of school, never finishing the first year of Law School at the University of Coimbra (FDUC). In the city of Coimbra in created the musical group Conjunto Orfeão with José Niza, Proença de Carvalho and Rui Ressurreição.

Cid went to Lisbon in 1965, to attend the National Institute of Physical Education (INEF). One of his colleagues at INEF was the brother of Michel, a member of the band Conjunto Mistério. After an audition he was invited to join the group, later renamed Quarteto 1111. José Cid did not graduate from INEF either, because he was called to serve as an officer of the Portuguese Air Force. At the air base of Ota he was a gym teacher between 1968 and 1972. He taught in the morning and in the afternoon he played music in a garage. On the weekends, he played with the Quarteto 1111.[2]

Quarteto 1111[edit]

José Cid co-founded Quarteto 1111, the first band to take a new approach to pop-rock music in Portugal, with a modern line-up and instrumentation.

Quarteto 1111 was the first symphonic rock band in Portugal. Between 1968-69 they received media attention from a hit single, "El Rei D. Sebastião", a song about the loss of the Portuguese king D. Sebastião, who supposedly died in the fields of Morocco during the battle of Alcazarquivir (a loss that would eventually lead to Portugal losing its independence from Spain). All the myths related with the return of King Sebastian – a quite anchored Portuguese myth – were fairly treated in this song. The harpsichord made its first appearance in Portuguese rock music. A single with the English version of the song was released in Great Britain. José Cid was the band leader, composer, keyboard and lead singer. The rest of the band had a classic formation influenced by the usual Beatles line-up, but with a sound and song structure reminiscent of The Moody Blues. The following album continued in the same vein, combining melodic songs with new "progressive" instruments, namely the Mellotron. Later on the band evolved to the late 1970s pop sound.

Progressive rock[edit]

José Cid at a promotion shoot in the Netherlands for the Eurovision Song Contest 1980

Cid explored symphonic rock with Cantamos Pessoas Vivas (1974), Vida – Sons do Quotidiano (1976) and 10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venus E Marte (1978). The progressive concept album 10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venus E Marte was released in 1978 and was consistently featured in on the top five progressive rock albums ever, and considered "Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music".[5] Most of the songs, influenced by a sort of mix combining The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd psychedelia, were composed by Cid, some of them with the help of guitar player Mike Sergeant and drummer Ramon Galarza. Another (unfinished) project from this lineup, Vozes do Além, explored the "Life after Death / Reincarnation" theme. Featured in the record are a poem by Natália Correia ("Creio") and two from Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen ("Quando" and "Um Dia"). Presently, work on this album has resumed, with the original lineup and the addition of younger musicians.

OTI Festival[edit]

In 1979 José Cid was selected by RTP to represent Portugal in the eighth edition of the OTI Festival, which was held in Caracas, Venezuela. He competed with the song "Na cabanha junto á praia" (In a little house next to the beach), which was well received in the festival to the point that he managed to get the third place with 32 points.

In 1981, one year after his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, he was again selected by the Portuguese broadcaster to compete in the tenth edition of the OTI Festival, which was held in Mexico City. This time he was not as successful as in his previous attempt in the Latin-American song contest and he got the tenth place scoring 14 points.


The pop inclinations of José Cid led him to create, during the first half of the 1970s, a 4 piece vocal pop group (Green Windows) and to participate in the 1974 Festival da Canção with Imagens[6] and No Dia Em Que O Rei Fez Anos.[7] He also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 with the song Um grande, grande amor.[8]

Present day[edit]

José Cid himself made a career as a songwriter and singer, and remains a popular and active musician in Portugal.

His latest album "Menino Prodígio", released in 2015, was awarded the Pedro Osório Award for the best album of the year by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (SPA) (English: Portuguese Society of Authors).

In 2016, Cid released his first album in Spain.[9][10] He received a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.[11]


With Quarteto 1111[edit]

Album Release
Format & Tracks
A Lenda de El-Rei D.Sebastião 1967 EP (A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião, Os Faunos, Fantasma «POP», Gente)
Balada para D. Inês 1967 EP (Balada para D. Inês, Partindo-se, Vale da Ilusão, Dragão)
Meu Irmão / Ababilah 1968 Single
Dona Vitória 1968 EP (Guarda Nocturno, Perspectiva, Tempo de Inocência, Dona Vitória)
Nas Terras do Fim do Mundo / Bissaide 1969 Single
Génese / Os Monstros Sagrados 1969 Single
Todo o Mundo e Ninguém / É Tempo de Pensar em Termos de Futuro 1970 Single
Back to the Country / Everybody Needs Love, Peace and Food 1970 Single
Domingo em Bidonville 1970 EP (João Nada, Estrada Para A Minha Aldeia, Domingo Em Bidonville, Epílogo)

Quarteto 1111 (album)
1970 LP (Prólogo, João Nada, Domingo em Bidonville, Estrada Para A Minha Aldeia, A Fuga dos Grilos, As Trovas do Vento Que Passa, Pigmentaçäo, Maria Negra, Lenda de Nambuangongo, Escravatura, Epílogo)
Ode to the Beatles / 1111 1971 Single
Sabor a Povo / Uma Nova Maneira de Encarar o Mundo 1972 Single
Bruma Azul do Desejado (with Frei Hermano da Câmara) 1973 LP (Vem Senhor Jesus, Graças Ao Senhor, O Sonho, Hino da Esperança, Bruma Azul do Desejado, Estrela do Mar, Saudai o Senhor, Hino de Natal, Paz na terra, Um Presépio Em Belém)

Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas
1974 LP (Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas (parts 1 & 2)) - progressive rock
Antologia da Música Popular Portuguesa 1981 Compilation (A Lenda de El-Rei D. Sebastião, Os Faunos, Balada para D. Inês, Partindo-se, Dona Vitória, Nas Terras do Fim do Mundo, Meu Irmão, Domingo Em Bidonville, João Nada, As Trovas do Vento Que Passa, Back to The Country, Ode to The Beatles, Uma Nova Maneira de Encarar o Mundo)
Memo / Os Rios Nasceram Nossos 1987 Single
A Lenda Do Quarteto 1111 1993 Compilation (Os Faunos, A Lenda de El-Rei D. Sebastião, Balada para D. Inês, Partindo-se, Dona Vitória, Meu Irmão, Dragão, Os Monstros Sagrados, Génese, Bissaide, Nas Terras do Fim do Mundo, Domingo Em Bidonville, João Nada, As Trovas do Vento Que Passa, Maria Negra, Todo O Mundo E Ninguém, É Tempo de Pensar Em Termos de Futuro, Back to The Country, Ode to The Beatles, Uma Nova Maneira de Encarar o Mundo)
A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião - Colecção Caravela 1996 Compilation (A Lenda de El-Rei D. Sebastião, Meu Irmão, Ode to The Beatles, As Trovas do Vento Que Passa, Domingo Em Bidonville, Balada para D. Inês, Dona Vitória, João Nada, Dragão, Nas Terras do Fim do Mundo, Pigmentação, Fantasma Pop)
Singles e EPs 2005 Compilation (A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião, Os Faunos, Gente, Balada Para D. Inês, Partindo-Se, Dona Vitória, Nas Terras Do Fim Do Mundo, Meu Irmão, Domingo Em Bidonville, João Nada, As Trovas Do Vento Que Passa, Epílogo, Back To The Country, Ode To The Beatles, Uma Nova Maneira De Encarar O Mundo)

with Green Windows[edit]

Album Release
Format & Tracks
Twenty Years/The Story Of A Man 1973 Single
Imagens/Doce E Fácil Reino Do Blá, Blá, Blá 1974 Single
No dia em que o rei fez anos 1974 EP ( No Dia Em Que O Rei Fez Anos, Doce E Fácil Reino Do Blá, Blá, Blá, Count James, Bola De Cristal, A Rosa Que Te Dei, Imagens, Another Time To Live, Another Time To Die, Cantiga Portuguesa, Uma Nova Maneira de Encarar O Mundo, Vinte Anos)
Quadras Populares/Ana Karen 1975 Single
Os Grandes Êxitos dos Green Windows 1977 Compilation ( 20 Anos, Rita Rita Limão, Só Eu Sei, Meu Amor, Uma Nova Maneira De Encarar O Mundo, Quem Te Manda Sapateiro, Imagens, Lembranças, No Dia Em Que O Rei Fez Anos, Historia Alegre, Bola De Cristal, O Que Custar, Doce E Fácil, Reino Do Blá, Blá, Blá)

Solo work[edit]

Album Release
Format & Tracks
José Cid 1971 First solo album. Features poems by Jorge Amado and Natália Correia; one theme by Gilberto Gil
Dom Fulano 1971 First solo single
Lisboa Perto e Longe 1972 EP
História Verdadeira de Natal 1972 EP
Camarada 1972 EP. Camarada, Retrospectiva, Viagem, Corpo Abolido
Olá Vampiro Bom 1973 Single
No Dia Em Que O Rei Fez Anos 1974 with Green Windows
A Rosa Que Te Dei 1974 Single
Portugal, É!... 1975 Single
A Festa Do Zé 1975 Single
Ontem, Hoje E Amanhã 1976 Single
Vida (Sons do Quotidiano) 1977 Progressive rock EP
Tia Anita 1977 Single
A Anita Não É Bonita 1977 Single
Romântico Mas Não Trôpego 1977 Single
10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venus E Marte 1978 Progressive rock Album
O Meu Piano/Aqui Fica Uma Canção/O Largo do Coreto/Porquê, Meu Amor, Porquê? 1978 EP
Minha Musica 1978 Single
Porquê 1978 Single
Largo Do Coreto 1978 Single
Aqui Fica Uma Canção 1978 Single
O Meu Piano 1978 Single
Coisas Suas 1979 LP
Verdes Trigais Em Flor 1979 Single
My Music 1980 LP
Um grande, grande amor 1980 EP
Um grande, grande amor 1980 Single
Bem-Me-Quer, Mal-Me-Quer, Muito, Pouco E Nada 1980 Single
Os Grandes Exitos De... 1980 LP
Um Rock Dos Bons Velhos Tempos 1981 Single
Antologia Portuguesa 6 1981 LP
Morrer De Amor Por Ti 1981 Single
Grandes Êxitos Nº 2 1981 LP
Como O Macaco Gosta De Banana 1982 Single
Magia 1982 LP. Se Eu Fizesse Amor Contigo, Desencontro, Magia, Depois Da Meia Noite, Na Manhã Do Meu Viver, Desde Que Me Ames Um Pouco, Uma Lágrima, O Cantor Na T.V., A Não Ser Que, Depois De Ti
Amar Como Jesus Amou 1983 Single
Portuguesa Bonita 1983 Single
Moura Encantada 1984 Single
Noites de Luar 1985 Single
Saudades De Ti 1985 Single
Xi-Coração 1986 Chovia Em Paris, Velho Moinho, Uma Balalaika, Tudo Bem, Tudo Bem, Como Um Condor A Voar, Caminheiro Da Noite De Estrelas, Os Teus Secretos Segredos, Ha
Uma Balalaika 1986 Single
Fado de Sempre 1987 LP
Uh! Au! Lobo Mau 1987 Single
Cai Neve Em Nova York 1988 Single
José Cid 1989 LP
O Melhor de 1990 LP
De Par Em Par 1991 LP
Camões, As Descobertas... E Nós 1992 LP
Vendedor de Sonhos 1994 LP
O Melhor Dos Melhores- Vol. 34 1994 LP
Pelos Direitos do Homem 1996 Dedicated to the East Timor independence.
Nunca Mais É Sexta Feira !... 1996 LP
A Rosa Que Te Dei (Collection: Caravela) 1996 LP
Ode a Federico Garcia Lorca 1998 LP
Cais Sodré 1999 Jazz album recorded in one take in April 1999
Entre Margens 1999 LP
Clássicos Da Renascença - Vol. 52 2000 LP
José Cid / Adelaide Ferreira (Collection: O Melhor De 2) 2001 LP
De Surpresa 2002 Duet album featuring songs with Paulo de Carvalho, Quinta do Bill, Vitorino and Waldemar Bastos
Antologia - Nasci p'ra música 2003 LP
Best 2003 LP
A Arte e a Música 2004 "Best of" album, double platinum
Baladas da minha vida 2006 Double platinum. Tracks: Na Cabana Junto à Praia, A Lenda de El-Rei D. Sebastião, 20 anos, O Melhor Tempo da Minha Vida (Original), Ontem, Hoje e Amanhã, A Rosa Que Te Dei, Verdes Trigais em Flor, O Poeta, o Pintor o Músico, Velho Moinho, Nossa Senhora do Tejo (unreleased theme from the Filha do Mar soap opera), Junto à Lareira, Mulher, Café Contigo (Original), Cai Neve em Nova Iorque, Não Tenho Lágrimas, Sonhador, Balada Para D. Inês, S. Salvador do Mundo, Há
Antologia II 2006
Pop Rock & Vice Versa 2007 Double album released on June 21, 2007. Tracks:

CD 1 Como O Macaco Gosta De Bananas, Tôpo De Gama, A Pouco E Pouco (“Favas Com Xóriço!”), Amanhã De Manhã, Deus Inventou O Rock, Portuguese Boys, A Minha Música, Um Grande, Grande Amor, Beatlemania, Strawberry Fields Forever, Ego, Jardim À Beira Mar, O Pintor Não Morreu (duet with Paulo de Carvalho), Magia, Veneno Bom, Bola De Cristal, Doce E Fácil Reino Do Blá, Blá, Blá, Yesterday Today And Tomorrow

CD 2

  1. «Topo De Gama», #«No Tempo Em Que O Toninho Lanchava Com Os Amigos Na Pastelaria S.Bento», #«Chovia Em Paris», #«Coração De Papelão», #«Amizade Colorida», #«Uau! Lobo Mau!», #«Como Um Condor A Voar», #«De Surpresa», #«No Teu Refúgio», #«No Meu Piano», #«À Conquista De Cacela», #«Desde Que Me Ames Um Pouco», #«Tenho Este Amor Para Dar», #«Rendez Vous», #«A Não Ser Que», #«Um Rock Dos Bons Velhos Tempos», #«Na Rádio», #«Epitáfio»
Coisas do Amor e do Mar Album scheduled for release in September 2009
Quem tem medo de baladas? New original album scheduled for release in 2007 (delayed).
Vozes do Além Progressive rock album, based in work started in the 70's after 10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venus E Marte, featuring the thematics of reincarnation and life after death. Several song were played live in 2014. Was due to be released in 2016, but is currently in limbo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aula Magistral de José Cid". SIC (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  2. ^ a b Gonçalves, Miguel. José Cid. ISBN 9789897413025.
  3. ^ "José Cid partilha fotos do casamento com Gabriela Carrascalão". Lux. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  4. ^ "José Cid não fala com a filha". SAPO Lifestyle. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  5. ^ [1] Top Prog Rock Music Albums List (filtered for 1978)[2].
  6. ^ Festival RTP 1974 - Green Windows - Imagens on YouTube
  7. ^ Festival RTP 1974 - Green Windows - No Dia Em Que O Rei Fez Anos on YouTube
  8. ^ Um grande, grande amor @ José Cid - Festival Eurovisão 1980 on YouTube
  9. ^ RTP, RTP, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal - Daniela Santiago -. "José Cid lança álbum em castelhano" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  10. ^ "José Cid tem um novo single... em espanhol" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  11. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (August 22, 2019). "El Puma, Joan Baez, Omara Portuondo & Others to Receive Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 22, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Manuela Bravo
with "Sobe, sobe, balão sobe"
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Carlos Paião
with "Playback"