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Gal Costa Biography, Wikipedia, Age, Family, Career, Cause of Death, and Net Worth

Gal Costa Biography, Wikipedia, Age, Family, Career, Cause of Death, and Net Worth

Gal Costa Biography

Gal Costa whose full name is María da Graca Costa Penna Burgos was born on September 26, 1945, in the city of Salvador and died on November 9, 2022. Gal Costa was a Brazilian singer of popular music.

She was a prominent figure in Brazil’s Tropicália music scene in the late 1960s and had an appearance in the critically acclaimed compilation Tropicália: O Panis et Circenses (1968).

The early life of gal costa

Gal Costa was born on September 26, 1945, in the city of Salvador, which is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Both Gal Costa’s parents were of Portuguese descent. Her mother’s name was María Costa Penna, she passed away in 1993, she spent hours listening to classical music during her pregnancy, in the hope that her upcoming kid (Gal) would develop an interest in music. Gal’s father’s name was Arnaldo Burgos, he died in 1960 when Gal was 15 years old, so she was left out of her father’s love.

At the age of ten, Gal befriended Sandra and Andrea Gadelha, who would later marry singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, respectively. Sandra and Andrea Gadelha were the future wives of Gilberto Gil.

 Her introduction to bossa nova began when she was 14 and heard Ju Gilberto’s “Chega de Saudade” on the radio for the first time. After that, she got a job working as a clerk in a primary record store in Salvador to become even more involved with music. At the age of 18, Andrea was exposed to Caetano Veloso by Gadelha, and the two quickly became good friends.

Gal Costa’s career

On the evening of 22 August 1964, at an event titled “Nos, por exemplo”, Gall made her debut as a professional musician. She performed in concert in the presence of other musicians such as Gil, Veloso, Maria Bethania, and Tom Zee.

The event served as the grand opening of the newly built Villa Velha Theater in her hometown. They performed in Nova Bossa Velha, and Velha Bossa Nova (New Old Wave, Old New Wave) during the same year, at the same venue, and with the same vocal partners. After that, she followed in Bethania’s footsteps to Rio de Janeiro to be with her cousin Navia, whose concert opinio (opinion) was a huge success in that city. She previously lived in Salvador.

A recording of Gal’s first song to be released commercially was included on Bethania’s debut album, which was released in 1965. The duet was “Sol Negro”, also known as “Black Sun”, written by Caetano Veloso, Bethania’s brother.

The song “U vim da Bahia”, written by Joe Gil, and the song “Sim, foi voco”, written by Joe Veloso, were the first singles she released through RCA Records. The following year, Gal made a personal introduction to Gilberto and attended TV Rio’s first international concert, where she performed “Minha Senhora”, a song she and Torquato Neto wrote together. The audience present at the festival did not show any interest in watching it.

Domingo was the title of Gal’s debut album, released in 1967 by Philips Records. It was also Veloso’s first performance to date. By 1983, Gal was signed to the label, which later became Polygram. The song “Coracao Vagabundo” was taken from this album and became a huge hit.

During the same year, Gall also performed two songs at the Second International Music Festival, organized and sponsored by Rede Globo at the time. They were titled “Bom Dia” and “Dada Maria” and were composed by Gil and Nana Cami and Renato Teixeira, respectively. This latter piece was played during the festival by Teixeira and Silvio Caesar respectively and was also featured on the album.

In 1965, Costa began recording unaltered versions of songs originally performed by Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.

 In 1968, Gall joined the Tropicália movement which was becoming popular at the time. Samba, bossa nova and more contemporary music styles such as rock and beat are all elements that go into making a trope. She contributed a total of four songs to the album Tropicalia: Ya Panis and Circus. These songs were “Ma’am Courage”, written by Veloso and Torquato Neto, “Park Industrial”, which was written by Tom Ze, “Enquanto seu lobont vem”, which was written by Veloso, and “Baby,” written by Veloso. Which was also written by Veloso. The latter song became one of Costas’ most famous works.

 During the same year, she participated in the 3rd International Music Festival, where she performed “Gabriella Mes Bella”, a song composed by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos. They attended the fourth concert organized by Red Records in November when they performed the song “Divino Marvilhoso”, written by Gil and Veloso.

Furthermore, the song achieved widespread success and is now considered a timeless piece of popular music. During the time when Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso were forced into exile in London, they continued to perform their music, visiting each of them in London. However, she never left Brazil.

The year 1969 marked the publication of Gall’s self-titled debut solo album, which contained the songs “Baby” and “Divino Maravilloso”. The record is considered a classic of the Tropicalismo genre due to its harmonious combination of psychedelic influences from North America with Brazilian musical motifs.

In addition, it includes Gal’s third and fourth solo hits, respectively, Jorge Ben Jor’s “Que Pea (Ele Ja no Gosta Mas de Mim)” and Veloso’s “No Identifado”. Both these songs were composed by Veloso.

Her second solo album, which she titled Gal and which also included the songs “Meu Nom Gal” by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos and “Cinema Olympia” by Veloso, was also recorded in the same year. Performance Gal! Based on her repertoire on the record, which served as the basis for the concert.

Her subsequent album, Legal, was not as far from mainstream as its predecessor, and an album of live performances released the following year once again struck a balance between the melodious sounds of Brazilian music and the hard sounds of rock.

The cover of Costa’s album “India” was deemed unsuitable for release in 1973 due to the focus on the woman’s red bikini bottom. Gal has recorded versions of songs written by many of Brazil’s most famous songwriters, including Tom Jobim, Ben, and Erasmo Carlos.

During the 1970s, she was an integral member of the band Dosses Barbaros, along with other notable figures such as Veloso, Gil, and Maria Bethania. For years it was expected that this iconic ensemble of Brazilian popular music would come together again.

The single “Festa do Interior”, which was included on the double album Fantasia, became her most successful release of all time in 1982 and was certified multi-platinum by the end of the year. In the 1995 film The Mandarin (O Mandarim), Gal played singer Carmen Miranda. She has recorded songs not only in English but also in Portuguese and Spanish.

Gal Costa’s net worth

Gal Costa can be classified as a rich singer as according to the reports, her net worth of Gal Costa was estimated to be around $2 million.

Gal Costa’s Funeral

The family is yet to announce when the last rites of the late singer will be performed

Sophie Charlotte will play Gal Costa in the 2023 biopic.


Gal Costa’s Prize

2011 Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Personal life

Gal was bisexual. She was a Marina Lima addict in the 1990s.

Gal Costa’s Death Reason

Gall died on 9 November 2022 in So Paulo at the age of 77. She was recovering from the extraction of a nodule in her nasal cavity and canceled her show at Primavera Sound.


Studio album

    1965: Maria da Graca (EP)
    1967: Domingo (with Caetano Veloso)
    1969: Gal Costa
    1969: Gallo
    1970: Legal
    1971: -Fa-Tal-Gal e Todo Vapor
    1973: India
    1974: Cantaro
    1975: Gal Kanta Cammy
    1977: Caras a Bocaso
    1978: Agua Viva
    1979: Galle Tropical
    1980: Aquarella do Brasilla
    1981: Fantasy
    1982: Minha Wozu
    1983: Baby Gallo
    1983: Trilha Sonora in the film ‘Gabriella’
    1984: Profana
    1985: Bam Bomo
    1987: Lua de Mel Como or Diabo Gosta
    1990: Plural
    1992: Gallo
    1994: O Sorriso do Gato de Ellis
    1995: Mina d’Agua do Meu Canto
    1998: Aquelle Frevo Axis
    2001: Gal de Tantos Amores
    2002: Gal Bossa Tropical
    2004: Todas Coisas as E U
    2005: Hodges
    2011: Reccanto
    2015: “Astratospherica”
    2018: “A Pele do Futuro”
    2021: “Nenhuma Dor”

Live album

    1971: -Fa-Tal-Gal e Todo Vapor
   1976: Dosas Barbaros (with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethania)
    1986: Jazzvisions: Rio Revisited (with Antonio Carlos Jobim)
    1997: Assistico MTV
    1999: Gal Costa Cant Tom Jobim Ao Vivo
    2006: Gal Costa Live at the Blue Note
    2006: Gal Costa ao Vivo
    2013: Reccanto ao Vivo

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