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Background information
Birth nameJosé Bispo Clementino dos Santos
Also known asJamelão
Born(1913-05-12)May 12, 1913
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DiedJune 14, 2008(2008-06-14) (aged 95)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1930–2008

José Bispo Clementino dos Santos (May 12, 1913 – June 14, 2008) was a Brazilian samba singer known as Jamelão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒameˈlɐ̃w]). He began in music as a tamborim player, but later became known as the official singer at samba school Mangueira's carnaval parades, performing in every Carnaval from 1949 to 2006. He also toured Europe as a solo performer.[1]

He's considered[who?] to be the best singer of Lupicinio Rodrigues songs. He recorded in 1972 the album Jamelão Interpreta Lupicinio.

He died on June 14, 2008, of multiple organ failure.[2][3]


  1. ^ All Music.com
  2. ^ Terra.com.br (Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Jamelao: one of Brazil's best-loved singers of samba". Times, The (London). July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27.

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