this issue the Brazilian Enterprise of Posts and Telegraphs pays
homage to one of the most important names of the Brazilian music:
the composer Antonio Carlos Jobim Tom Jobim whose love to music
has been his main banner in the art of divulging Brazil abroad
and charming the public with its chords and songs.
Carlos Jobim was born at the Conde de Bonfim Street, in the
Tijuca area, Rio de Janeiro, to Jorge Jobim diplomat, writer and
professor, deceased in 1935, and Nilza Brasileiro de Almeida
Jobim, founder of the Brasileiro de Almeida School, in Ipanema,
deceased in 1989. His only sister, Helena Jobim, awarded writer,
gave him his nickname Tom Tom”.
started his career playing guitar. When he was 14, his
stepfather, Celso Frota Pessoa, sent him to Hans Joachim
Koellreutter for piano classes. Tom has also studied flute,
harmony, orchestration and composition.
intended to study architecture and attended the first year at
the National Faculty of Rio de Janeiro, yet his musical vocation
led him to drop out of studies.
the beginning of his career he worked for approximately three
years as pianist at bar and nightclubs in Rio. Then he went to
the Continental Records where he would write down in the usual
musical notation the melodies for the composers that had no
musical education, and make arranges for the recordings.
1953, he had his first songs recorded by Sinter Records:
sang by Mauricy Moura and launched in April 1953; “Thinking of
You” and “A Week Ago” sang by Ernani Filho and launched in
June of the same year.
1954, he had his first success — “Tereza from the Beach”
—composed in partnership with Billy Blanco, and sang by Dick
Farney and Lúcio Alves. In this same year, also with Billy
Blanco, he composed the Symphony of Rio de Janeiro, recorded on
1 O’LP, with interpretations by Dick
Farney, Gilberto Milfont, Elizete Cardoso, DOris Monteiro, Lúcio
Os Cariocas, Jorge Goulart, Nora Ney and Emilinha Borba.
with other geniuses of the Brazilian music such as Vinicius de
Moraes, Billy Blanco, Dick Farney, Elizete Cardoso, Tom has
divulged the Brazilian music and Brazil as well, has conquered
space and admiration not only in Brazil but also abroad where he
spent part of his life. In the United States of America — USA
he made several works some in partnership with Frank Sinatra and
has won awards and homage all over the world: Doctor Honoris
Causa of the University of Rio de Janeiro (1990), Grand
Commandeur des Arts et Lettres Légion d'Honneur (1989), Doctor
Honoris Causa, University of Lisbon (1993), and the Order of Rio
works left by Tom Jobim are vast in number, contents and styles.
Deceased on December 8, 1994, he remains alive in the heart and
memory of his admirers, as are his works that revive from
generation to generation.