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Name: Renato Russo  
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Date of Birth: 27th March 1960
Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Profession: Composer
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Renato Russo (March 27, 1960 - October 11, 1996) was the formal founder and leader of the Brazilian rock band, Legião Urbana.

He was born in Rio de Janeiro, as Renato Manfredini Júnior. His father was an executive of the Banco do Brasil, and they moved to New York in 1967, when Renato's father was assigned a job position on the city. Later, they came back to Rio de Janeiro before finally, in 1973, moving to Brasília.

At the age of 15, Renato acquired an disease that paralyzed his legs for two years. Due to this condition, Renato became an enthusiastic reader. He studied Law<!-- ugh -->. He grew interested in music, particularly punk. He worked as a journalist for some time before becoming a full-time musician and composer.

During the years of 1978 and 1979, he was the a guitarist of the rock band Aborto Eletrico (Electric Abortion). Although the band did not last too long, Renato Russo wrote many songs during this period, that would later become hits of Capital Inicial (founded by the other members of the Aborto Eletrico) and Legião Urbana (founded by Renato Russo).

In 1982, he, along with Marcelo Bonfá, Dado Villa-Lobos and Renato Rocha, formed the Legião Urbana (idealized some time before by Renato Russo). With "Legião Urbana" and "Dois", they became widely famous in Brazil, with protest songs at first, and songs about love, spiritualism, family and sex afterwards.

Renato Russo, in 1990, declared that he was bisexual. He also used drugs in the beginning of his career.

He worked in two solos, with English and Italian songs, in the 1990s.

He died in 1996 from AIDS related illness, but many argue that he committed suicide by succumbing to depression, as he expressed in the "Via Lactea" song, of the "A Tempestade" Album:

When everything is lost
I feel so alone
When everything is lost
I don't want to be,
Who I am

After his death, the remaining integrants of Legião Urbana decided to dismantle the band.

Renato Russo was outlived by his 8 year old son.

Solo Discography

  • The Stonewall Celebration Concert (1994) - (75 thousands copies sold)
  • Equilibrio Distante (1995) - (125 thousands copies sold)
  • O Ultimo Solo (1997) - (50 thousands copies sold)
  • Renato Russo Presente (2003) - (150 thousands copies sold)

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