A Brazilian musician born in 1941, Sergio Mendes has released 35 albums, and is the acknowledged king of bossa nova, mixed with a little jazz and funk. Originally intending to be a classical pianist, his interest in jazz emerged during student days. Soon after, he played with Cannonball Adderley and Herbie Mann, playing Carnegie Hall and appearing on Ed Sullivan in '63.
His "Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66" went platinum, and the '83 "Never Gonna Let you Go" equaled the success of his '68 single, "The Look of Love." Mendes released a Grammy winning album in '92, "Brasileiro."