The First Years

Sebastão Rodrigues Maia was born on September 28th, 1942, at 24 Afonso Pena, the heart of the very traditional neighborhood of Tijuca, in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro. Around the age of seven, he was already composing his first songs. In 1956, he put together his first musical group, Os Tijucanos do Ritmo, who ran the circuit of Rio parishes with some influence from artists like Trio Los Pancho, Sonora Matancera and Perez Prado. The group didn't last long after an argument and the breaking of a guitar, but his father, an admirer, decided to bet on the precocious boy, giving him another instrument as encouragement. In 1957, he forms the group Sputniks.

Headed For America

Before his 17th birthday, he traveled to the USA, creating the band “The Ideals”, recording the song New Love, his own composition. With a deep bass voice like Barry White's, contaminated by the sound of “The Isley Brothers”, his American journey ended in North America being forced to return to his country of origin.

The Path to Success

IIn 1968, he produced the record "A Onda É o Boogaloo", by Eduardo Araújo. A pioneer, Tim was mostly responsible for bringing the sounds of soul music to the Jovem Guarda. But the big opportunity really came when the already famous Roberto Carlos recorded a song he had written, "Não Vou Ficar", for the album Roberto Carlos (1969). This song, which was also part of the sound track of the movie Roberto Carlos e o Diamante Cor-de-rosa, was a huge hit and helped open several doors so that Tim could finally embark on his first solo effort, a single released by CBS in 1968, featuring two of his compositions called "Meu País" and "Sentimento".

His career in Brazil was consolidated starting in 1969, when he recorded a single through Fermata with "These Are the Songs" (recorded the following year by Elis Regina in a duet with him and included in Elis’ album "Em Pleno Verão") and "What Do You Want to Bet".

From then on, the name of Tim Maia received great attention among musicians and executives of the record industry.