Herbert Vianna

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Herbert Vianna
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Herbert Vianna, photo by Mauricio Valladares.
Background information
Birth nameHerbert Lemos de Sousa Vianna
Born (1961-05-04) May 4, 1961 (age 58)
OriginJoão Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
GenresRock, post-punk, new wave, reggae, ska
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer
Years active1977–present
LabelsEMI Music Group
Associated actsOs Paralamas do Sucesso

Herbert Lemos de Sousa Vianna (born May 4, 1961) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer mainly known for his work with rock band Os Paralamas do Sucesso.


Herbert was born in João Pessoa, Paraíba. His father was from the military and, because of that, he moved to Brasília when he was still a child. There he met band member Bi Ribeiro. When they moved to Rio de Janeiro, they formed Os Paralamas do Sucesso (some still consider them part of the "Brasília gang", along with Capital Inicial and Legião Urbana) with their friend Vital Dias playing drums. Herbert's brother is the well-known Brazilian anthropologist and cultural researcher Hermano Vianna.

After Vital was replaced by João Barone, Herbert wrote the song "Vital e Sua Moto", to pay homage to his friend. The song became the band's first airplay hit and, shortly after that, they signed with EMI Music Group.

After spending ten years with the band, Herbert released the solo album Ê Batumarê (1992). He recorded two others, Santorini Blues (1997) e O Som do Sim (2000), with Cássia Eller, Nana Caymmi, Sandra de Sá and Marcos Valle.

Herbert married the British journalist Lucy Needham (a former BBC journalist whom he met when she came to interview him for a documentary), with whom he had three children: Luca, Hope and Phoebe.


Herbert always liked to pilot helicopters and ultralight airplanes. On February 4, 2001, he suffered an accident in Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, when the ultralight airplane he was piloting crashed into the sea, in the bay of Angra dos Reis. The accident killed his wife Lucy and put Herbert in the hospital for 44 days (part of them in a coma). The musician became disabled (he is now in a wheelchair) and lost part of his memory after the accident; however, after a slow recovery process, he returned to perform. Since the accident, Herbert has recorded four albums with Os Paralamas do Sucesso: Longo Caminho (2002), the live Uns Dias ao Vivo (2004), Hoje (2005) and Brasil Afora (2009).


  • 1992: Ê Batumaré
  • 1997: Santorini Blues
  • 2000: O Som do Sim
  • 2012: Victoria

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