Carlos do Carmo (born Carlos Manuel de Ascenção do Carmo de Almeida; 21 December 1939 in Lisbon, Mouraria) is a Portuguese fado singer, one of the finest in the “Lisbon Song”. He is the son of another fado singer and fado house owner, Lucília do Carmo (Lucília Nunes de Ascenção do Carmo, born in Portalegre on 4 November 1919 and died in 1999, daughter of Francisco).
He began singing and recording in 1963, with the release of the EP record “Mario Simoes e o seu Quarteto Apresentando Carlos do Carmo”, and, still in 1963, the record “Carlos do Carmo e Orquestra de Joaquim Luiz Gomes”. Until the end of the decade he released another eleven records. With the arrival of the 1970s came success at home and abroad, releasing close to thirty records during that decade Carlos do Carmo in 1976In 1976, he won the Portuguese Song Contest, with “Uma flor de verde pinho”. The song finished 12th in the Eurovision Song Contest 1976.His most famous songs are Lágrimas de Orvalho, Lisboa Menina e Moça and Canoas do Tejo. He sang many songs written by songwriters like Ary dos Santos. He helped to open Lisbon Fado to other musical influences, like jazz and French music, as well as adding the orchestra to the traditional Fado guitar trio or quartet.He has established his own reputation as a passionate singer of Portuguese folk songs, as well as one of the most distinctive voices in the world. He first left Lisbon in his youth, to study hotel management in Switzerland but, with the death of his father Alfredo de Almeida in 1962, do Carmo soon joined his mother to help her run their fado house, the Faia. In 1964 he married Maria Judite de Sousa Leal. Encouraged by his friends’ response to his singing, do Carmo soon began to perform at the fado house.