September 3, 2004 by

Tom Capone

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Tom Capone, the most nominated Brazilian in the history of the Latin Grammys, left the awards ceremony early Thursday morning and died in a motorcycle accident. He was 37.
Capone’s real name was Luís Antônio Ferreira Gonçalves. He launched his music career in the 1980s as a guitarist for the band Peter Perfeito. Capone later opened his own studio in Rio de Janeiro and began producing other musicians. In 1998, he became the director of A&R at Warner Music Brazil.
Capone worked with numerous artists, such as Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Raimundos, Barao Vermelho, Nando Reis, Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown and Lenine. But he was best known for producing Brazilian jazz singer Maria Rita.
Capone received five Latin Grammy nominations this year: one for producer of the year, two for record of the year, one for best engineered album and one for most popular Brazilian music album. He and Rita won the Grammy in the last category for her eponymous debut, which sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide. Rita also won for best new artist.
The Sept. 2 accident is still under investigation, but the Los Angeles Police Department says Capone may have run a red light on Ventura Blvd. He crashed into a Dodge Neon driven by a 23-year-old woman, who was not harmed or ticketed. Capone was wearing a “novelty helmet” that offered him little protection in the collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene from massive head trauma.

23 Responses to Tom Capone

  1. Beto Cuevas

    Quiero simplemente expresar mis sentimientos de condolencias por esta terrible perdida. Yo tuve la oportunidad de conocer a Tom en varias ocaciones y estuve junto a el en la fiesta que ofrecio Warner Music a todos los que habiamos ganado un Grammy esa noche. Pude conversar con el y compartir la alegria que compartiamos esa noche. Me afecto tremendamente su accidente considerando que nosotros como grupo tambien perdimos a un compa

  2. Gabriel O'Meara

    Poxa Tom, nem deu tempo de te parabenizar pelos Grammys.
    Que deus te guarde num bom lugar, e sim…continua botando 3Db de grave no baixo!
    Um abra

  3. RBSProds

    I greatly admire the music production work of Tom Capone, especially with Maria Rita and Milton Nascimento. He will be greatly missed. I’ll always remember Tom and Maria Rita standing on the stage at the Latin Grammys and Tom giving Maria a big bear hug after she got the award for New Artist. He was so proud of her. And we’ll all miss him. Rest in Peace, Tom!!

  4. Joaquin Barreto

    Llevo un ano viviendo en Sao Paulo, nunca vi un productor tan versatil en mi vida , producir desde Maria Rita hasta lo ultimo de Barao Vermelho, realmente con una vision mundial y espiritual de la musica, lo poco que conoci de su trabajo como productor me dio vuelta la cabeza, y al enterarme de su muerte me choco completamente.
    Tom Sigue inspirando gente en hacer musica donde quieras que estes!!
    Joaquin Barreto

  5. IVO DE OLIVEYRAH

    Tom, estamos aqui rodando com nossas Harleys, mas sentiremos falta de vc, espro que ai em ciam vc fature muito mais Grammys !!!
    FA

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