- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 3
Brazilian guitarist, a great and individual virtuoso in the bossa nova and a great jazz guitarist. He may be best remembered for his mandolin in "The Godfather" theme and his guitar introduction in "Bonanza."
He traveled to the U.S. in 1947 and made a considerable reputation with the Stan Kenton band. Later he worked in Hollywood with his own trio, playing an unamplified guitar that was awesome. He wrote music for various films including "Viva Zapata," 1952, "The Old Man and the Sea," 1958 and "Maracaibo," 1958. Nominated for a Grammy 15 times, he won five. While in Hollywood, he had a very discrete affair with Rita Hayworth.
Almeida died 7/26/1995 in Los Angeles, of cancer, age 77