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Launcher of several classics of Brazilian popular music, Noite Ilustrada recorded many albums in his prolific career, having success with 'A Flor e o Espinho' (Nelson Cavaquinho/Guilherme de Brito/Alcides Caminha), 'O Neguinho e a Senhorita' (Noel Rosa de Oliveira/Abelardo da Silva), 'Depois do Carnaval' (Jorge Costa/Paulo Roberto), 'Sim' (Cartola/Osvaldo Martins), 'Barracao' (Luis Antonio/Oldemar Magalhaes), and 'Balada NO 7 - Mane Garrincha' (Alberto Luis). Moving to Rio de Janeiro in the mid-'50s, Noite Ilustrada joined the Portela samba school. Still in that decade, he moved to Sao Paulo, where worked in nightclubs as a singer and was hired in 1958 by Radio Nacional and TV Paulista. Noite Ilustrada recorded his first album in that year, with the samba 'Cara de Boboca' (Jaime Silva/Edmundo Andrade) and 'Castiguei.' He would only have a hit four years later with Paulo Vanzolini's samba 'Volta Por Cima,' turned into a classic that was re-recorded several times. The first LP also came that year, O Ilustre.