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About Renato Russo
Renato Russo, born Renato Manfredini Jr., (March 27, 1960 - October 11, 1996) was the formal founder and leader of the Brazilian rock band, Legião Urbana.Early life Renato Manfredini Jr. was born in Rio de Janeiro. His father was an executive at Banco do Brasil, and they moved to Forest Hills, Queens,New York in 1967, when Renato's father was assigned a job position in the city. Later, they returned to Rio de Janeiro before finally, in 1973, settling in Brasília. At the age of 15, Renato acquired epiphysiolysis, a disease that paralyzed his legs for two years. Renato had to have a platinum implant, which earned him the nickname "Six Million Dollar Man". Due to this condition, Renato became an enthusiastic reader. He studied Law. He grew interested in music, particularly punk, to the point of creating an imaginary band, 42nd Street Band, where he would be a lead singer and bass guitarist. He worked as a journalist and an English teacher for a brief period before becoming a full-time musician and composer. He chose the stage name Renato Russo in honour of French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell and french painter Henri Rousseau. Musical career During the years of 1978 and 1979, he was the bass player of the punk rock band Aborto Elétrico (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 Elétrico) and Legião Urbana (founded by Renato Russo). In 1982, he, along with Marcelo Bonfá, Dado Villa-Lobos and Renato Rocha, formed 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. He worked in two solo albums, with English and Italian songs, in the 1990s. Death He died in October 11, 1996 from an AIDS related illness. After his death, the remaining members of Legião Urbana decided to dismantle the band. His body was cremated and his ashes were spread over the garden of Roberto Burle Marx. Russo, who was bisexual, is survived by son Giuliano Manfredini.

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2. Roberto Carlos 76304
3. Clara Nunes 51367
4. Chico Buarque 42448
5. Roupa Nova 41021
6. Renato Russo 28680
7. Maria Rita 25488
8. Marina Lima 22000
9. Simone 20321
10. Guilherme Arantes 18462

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54. Ramy Chemaly 29954
55. Mohammad Qwaider 29756
56. Coskun Sabah 29331
57. Sattar 28765
58. Renato Russo 28680
59. Hassan Zirak 26858
60. P. I. Tchaikovsky 25996
61. Ferdi Tayfur 25576
62. Maria Rita 25488

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