Oscar Castro-Neves, the great Brazilian guitarist, arranger and composer, died of cancer on Friday, September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 73. One of the founders of the musical style that became known as bossa nova, Castro-Neves scored his first hit with his first recorded song, “Chora Tua Tristeza,” at the age of 16. Six years later, he helped to popularize bossa nova in the States with his appearance at a historic bossa nova concert at Carnegie Hall.
Castro-Neves went on to play and sometimes tour with a who’s who of jazz and pop acts, including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Lalo Schifrin, Sergio Mendes, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Along the way, he found considerable commercial success as a producer.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and two daughters, Felicia and Bianca.
Castro-Neves full obituary from the Los Angeles Times can be seen here: http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-oscar-castro-neves-20130930,0,7395348.story