Paulo Diniz

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Paulo Diniz
Paulo Lira de Oliveira

(1940-01-24)24 January 1940
Died22 June 2022(2022-06-22) (aged 82)
Recife, Brazil
Years active1966–2019
Musical career
GenresMPB, iê-iê-iê, tropicália

Paulo Lira de Oliveira, best known as Paulo Diniz (24 January 1940 – 22 June 2022), was a Brazilian singer and composer.


Born in Pesqueira, Diniz started his career at 12 years old as a radio announcer.[1] In 1964 he moved to Rio de Janeiro to work at Rádio Tupi as an announcer and sports commentator.[2][3]

Diniz began his professional career as a singer in 1966, when he was put under contract by the record label Copacabana [pt] and released his first single, "O chorão".[2][3] In the 1970s he got his major hits, such as "Um chope pra distrair", "Bahia comigo" and "Quero voltar pra Bahia".[2][3] His most successful composition was "Pingos de amor", a song written together with Odibar Moreira da Silva and originally released in 1971, which was later covered by prominent artists such as Kid Abelha, Sula Miranda and Neguinho da Beija-Flor.[2] He was also well-known for his musical adaptations of Brazilian poems, notably "E agora José", based on a poem by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, "Vou me embora pra Pasárgada", from a poem by Manuel Bandeira, and "Definição do amor" by Gregório de Matos.[1][2][3]

Starting from the 1980s Diniz slowed his career as he suffered several health issues, notably schistosomiasis, which caused a paralysis of the lower limbs and forced him to use a wheelchair.[1] He died of natural causes in his Recife home on 22 June 2022, at the age of 82.[1]


  • Brasil - Brasa - Braseiro - 1967
  • Quero Voltar Pra Bahia - 1970
  • Paulo Diniz - 1971
  • E agora - José? - 1972
  • Lugar Comum - 1973
  • Paulo Diniz - 1974
  • Paulo Diniz - 1975
  • Estradas - 1976
  • É Marca Ferrada - 1978
  • Canção do Exílio - 1984
  • Pegou de Jeito - 1985
  • 20 super sucessos-novas regravações - 1997
  • Reviravolta - 2004


  1. ^ a b c d Bento, Emannuel (22 June 2022). "Morre o cantor Paulo Diniz, ícone da MPB, aos 82 anos". JC (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Paulo Diniz". Dicionário Cravo Albin (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Ferreira, Mauro (23 January 2020). "Autor de 'Pingos de amor', Paulo Diniz faz 80 anos com obra em processo de redescoberta". O Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 27 June 2022.

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