Célia Campello Gomes Chacon (18/06/1942 - 04/03/2003) sang for the first time at the Rádio Cacique, Taubaté, São Paulo. She was six years old. While still a child, she studied guitar, piano and ballet and at the age of 12 she had her own show at the same Rádio Cacique.
In 1957, she and her brother, Tony Campello, were signed by Odeon, and in the next year, they recorded their first single, with Celly Campelo interpreting "Handsome Boy" and Tony interpreting "Forgive Me" (both by Odeon's director Mário Gennari Filho and Celeste Novais). With the failure of the recording in English, Celly recorded her classics in Portuguese: "Banho de Lua" (P. de Fillipi/F. Migliacci, version by Fred Jorge), "Lacinhos Cor-de-Rosa" (Michie Grant, version by Fred Jorge), and her biggest hit, "Estúpido Cupido" (by Neil Sedaka/H. Greenfield, version by Fred Jorge), released in March 1959. With the national success, she became, along with Tony, the co-hostess of her own TV show at São Paulo's TV Record, called Crush Em Hi-Fi, for two years. On her first LP, Broto Certinho, released in April 1960, she launched the hit "Banho de Lua" together with a re-recording of "Over the Rainbow". Evidencing a natural talent for singing, she was praised by Tom Jobim, her colleague at Odeon. Her extreme popularity anticipated the Beatlemania in Brazil three years later, with the releasing of dolls and other merchandising. In 1961, she launched another hit, "Broto Legal" (H. Earnhart, version by Renato Corte Real), and was elected Queen of Rock in Brazil by the readers of Revista do Rock magazine. She also won the following prizes: Tupiniquim (1959), Chico Viola (1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962), and Roquette Pinto (1959, 1960, and 1961). She also had hits with "Billy" (Kendis/Pauley/Joey Goodwin, version by Fred Jorge), "Túnel do Amor" (Patty Fischer/Bob Roberts, version by Fred Jorge), and "Hei Mama" (Paul Anka, version by Fred Jorge). She starred in the films Jeca Tatu and Zé Periquito, having interrupted her career after her marriage in 1962.
In 1968 she recorded an album but her domestic life talked louder. She returned in 1972, but kept a low profile. In 1976, thanks to the soap-opera produced by Rede Globo called Estúpido Cupido and the plot that was centered on the time Celly was a real hit in Brazil, she was back to the charts.
During the 1990's she started a battle against a cancer, that finally took her in 2003. Her fans never forgot her.
After she married in 1962, she quit the artistic life, but since then, once in a while, she would present us with something special. This album is one of them. It has, among other jewels sang by her, a new rearranged version of "Banho De Lua", one of her most famous hits.
On next Tuesday, July, 13, it's the International Day of Rock And Roll and I couldn't resist paying a homage to this singer who definitely helped start a youth revolution in Brazil.
Most of her albums have already been reissued in CD's or can be easily found on the Internet.
01. Hey! Ex-Amor (L. David Sloane/W. Meshel/Vers.: Alf Soares) • 2:16
02. Marquei Encontro Com Você Em Meus Sonhos (Luiz Wagner/Tom Gomes) • 2:36
03. Palavras (Words) (Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/Vers.: Fred Jorge) • 2:55
04. Um Mundo Feliz (It's A Happening World) (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Vers.: Alf Soares) • 2:26
05. O Amor É Azul (L'Amour Est Bleu) (Andre Popp/Pierre Cour/Vers.: Geraldo Figueiredo) • 2:38
06. Felicidade (Felicidad) (Diane Hilderbrand/Dominic Frontère/Vers.: Alf Soares) • 2:11
07. Bonnie E Clyde (Bonnie And Clyde) (Charles Strouse/Vers.: Geraldo Figueiredo) • 2:15
08. Perdoa (Perdono) (Soffici/Antonio Mogol/Vers.: Alf Soares) • 2:37
09. No Outono (Nos Encontraremos Outra Vez) (Luiz Wagner/Tom Gomes) • 2:20
10. Banho De Lua (Tintarella Di Luna) (P. de Filippi/Francesco Migliacci/Vers.: Fred Jorge) • 2:58
11. Meu Pranto A Deslizar (As Tears Go By)
(Mick Jagger/Kieth Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham/Vers.: Fred Jorge) • 2:37
12. Você Quem Quiz Assim (Deny) • 2:31