Friday, 9 March 2012

Ritchie 60

He is a huge pop star in Brazil. And he is English! The songs that made him famous are all in Portuguese, a language he speaks flawlessly.  His name is Ritchie and I want to tell you a bit about him.
As you all know, I too have a love affair with Brazil.  My mom is Brazilian and I can see myself living there at one point of my life. I think it's a DNA thing, something you cannot explain.  But this feeling of belonging, made Ritchie stay and re-invent himself.  This all happened in the 70s.  And in the early 80s, Ritchie achieved stardom, selling hundreds of thousands of albums, his tunes playing everywhere.

"Menina Veneno" is a great song.  One of his first hits too!

Watch him cover "Mercy Street":

Ritchie just celebrated his 60th birthday and also released a new album Ritchie 60.  Unlike his other albums, he actually sings in English and it's a cover cd.  He brilliantly chose great songs, all from the 60s.

When I first listened to this cd, I was amazed by the great choice of songs.  And his interpretation is sometimes better that the original.  So, even if you don't know who Ritchie is, you should follow my advice and check him out here.  I think my favorite cover is Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell. I hope Ritchie posts a video soon.

Listen to "Don't let the sun catch you crying":

Didn't I tell you he was awesome?


  1. The major problem with this album is that we can never choose a favorite track and actually stick to it: it's one song better than the other. I guess all the good feelings he had as a child when he listened to those songs for the first time are broadcasting and reverberating to us now in 2012. Mission accomplished then!

  2. I like that song: "Mercy Street"
    Great artist.. Thanks for sharing