Biography

The Seventies

It was during the 1970s that Tim Maia finally showed to Brazil the force of his talent.

The path to success was paved by the previous years, when Tim Maia worked with several renowned artists (Erasmo, Elis Regina, Mutantes), sang on TV shows with the members of the Jovem Guarda and made his name as a complete and talented musician.

In 1969, the single “Primavera”, a composition by his band partner Cassiano, exploded on the radios and launched him to fame.

The Bang

The final acclaim came in 1970 with "Tim Maia", his first album, which was launched by the Polydor recording company after a recommendation by the Mutantes. The success was simply overwhelming, the album sold over 200 thousand copies and was number one on the charts for six months in Rio de Janeiro, with great attention given to the tracks "Azul da Cor do Mar", "Coronel Antônio Bento" (Luís Wanderley and João do Vale), “Primavera” (Cassiano) and "Eu Amo Você". To finish the year on a good note, Tim recorded “Chocolate”, which was originally a jingle for the Brazilian Cocoa Producers Association and became another huge hit.

For the next three years, still at Polydor, he released another three eponymous albums that were huge hits in sales and radio execution. Songs like "Não Quero Dinheiro (Só Quero amar)", "Gostava Tanto de Você" (Edson Trindade) and "Réu Confesso" were embraced by the public and entertained parties and balls all over the country.

Rational: In Search of Immunization

During the 1970s, he met Manuel Jacintho Coelho, leader of the controversial doctrine Cultura Racional (Rational Culture). Tim dove headlong into the ideas of the guru by reading the series of books called “Universo em Desencanto” and drastically changed his lifestyle, that once undisciplined and bohemian, became disciplined and healthy. The influence of the Cultura Racional was also felt in his music and Tim decided to make two albums called Tim Maia Racional, volumes One and Two, both released by his own label, called Seroma (the word for "loves" in Portuguese written backwards and an abbreviation of his own name, “Sebastião Rodrigues Maia”).

These records are considered true works of art, especially for the very strong soul and funk influences, and for his great physical shape that was extremely beneficial for the quality of his voice.

Later on, Tim Maia was disappointed with Cultura Racional, had a falling out with Master Manuel and abandoned the sect. He recalled the records, which became valuable collector's items. The hit “Imunização Racional” is just one of several pearls present in these works.

During the years 2000, new tracks from this period were discovered, becoming the album "Racional Volume Três", with great highlight for the songs: "Gotta Be Rational", "Escrituração Racional", "Brasil Racional", "Universo em Desencanto Disco", "O Grão Mestre Varonil", "Do Nada ao Tudo" and "Minha Felicidade Racional", were made available on the Internet and later released on CD in August 2011.

In a Family Way

In 1975, Tim achieved his great dream of being a father and on January 24th, Carmelo Maia came into the world.

One curious bit of trivia: Tim registered him as Carmelo, changed his mind on the same day and announced to the entire family that Telmo had been the name chosen. “Telmo” spent several years not knowing that he was baptized as Carmelo and only found out his real name when he enrolled at school. Carmelo, Tim Maia's pride and joy, graduated in law and dramatic arts and today manages Seroma Produções and Vitória Régia Discos.

Carmelo, Tim Maia's pride and joy, graduated in law and dramatic arts and today manages Seroma Produções and Vitória Régia Discos.

Disco Fever

Disco Fever After the rational phase, in 1978, Tim Maia took advantage of the "disco music" explosion and released one of his most popular and acclaimed albums, the seminal “Tim Maia Disco Club”, which launched one of his greatest hits, the mega-bomb “Sossego”. The album featured the participation of a crack team of musicians like Banda Black Rio, Hyldon, Pepeu Gomes and several other luminaries.