Leandro e Leonardo
Leandro e Leonardo
|Years active||1983 - 1998|
|Labels||Chantecler/Warner Music Group|
|Members||Leandro (Luís José Costa, deceased) |
Leonardo (Emival Eterno Costa)
Leandro e Leonardo were a Brazilian sertanejo duo. The two brothers, Leandro (born Luís José Costa, August 15, 1961 - June 23, 1998) and Leonardo (Emival Eterno Costa, born July 25, 1963), were from Goianápolis.
The brothers were raised in a poor family in Brazil, and worked on their parents' farm as well as in odd jobs. Emival convinced his brother to move to the city, and the two learned to play songs by Chitãozinho & Xororó, Roberto Carlos and The Beatles, playing locally in a group called Os Dominantes. After moving to Brasília, where they lived with their uncle Zé (who also arranged gigs for them), they began performing as Leandro & Leonardo, the name of twins recently born in the city.
After a few years of local and regional performances, they were offered spots on local television stations, and their first album came out in 1983. However, it wasn't until 1989 that they began to hit big on the Brazilian charts, with their Vol. 3 release. The group became superstars in the early 1990s, selling several million copies of their albums and obtaining a weekly show on Brazilian television. Leandro and Leonardo account for 35 million records sold. The highlight is the album Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 4, which sold an impressive 3.3 million records and is today considered the best-selling country music album of the Brazilian scenario
In April 1998, Leandro was diagnosed with lung cancer and died two months later, on June 23. Leonardo continues to record as a solo artist.
Leonardo's son is a well-known young sertanejo universitario singer under the name Zé Felipe.
- 1983 Leandro & Leonardo Vol.0* - Independent
- 1986 Leandro & Leonardo - Explosão de Desejos - M3
- 1987 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 2 - M3
- 1989 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 3 - Chantecler
- 1990 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 4 - Chantecler
- 1991 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 5 - Chantecler
- 1992 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 6 - Chantecler
- 1993 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 7 - Chantecler/Warner Music Group
- 1994 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 8 - Chantecler/Warner Music Group
- 1995 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 9 - Chantecler/Warner Music Group
- 1995 Temporal de Amor - Chantecler/Warner Music Group
- 1996 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 10 - Chantecler/Warner Music Group
- 1997 Leandro & Leonardo Vol. 11 - Chantecler/Warner Music Group
- 1998 Só Para Crianças - Warner Music Group
- 1998 Um Sonhador - BMG Brasil
- 1995 Amigos - Som Livre
- 1995 Leandro y Leonardo en Español
- 1996 Amigos - Som Livre
- 1996 Leandro y Leonardo en Español Vol.2
- 1997 Amigos - Som Livre
- 1997 Leandro y Leonardo los Grandes Éxitos
- 1998 Leandro & Leonardo Só Para Crianças