Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Lani Hall sang all the female vocals on Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 except "Aqua de Beber" performed by Janis Hansen.

"Mas Que Nada" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart on September 24, 1966.

In June 1967, Mendes' partner and manager, Richard Adler met with A&M sales and promotion personnel in London, Rome, Paris and Stockholm to discuss a concert tour of Europe.

In 1968, Sears refused to sell the Fool on the Hill album because it did not agree with the album cover art. The group is sitting on a woman's stomach and the back cover shows her nipple. In response, a sticker was placed over the nipple.

In February 1968, Mendes added Karen Phillip as the second vocalist and Sebastian Neto on bass.

In March 1968 Brasil '66 toured Japan. They returned for a second tour in March 1969. Also in 1968 was a six week tour of Brazil.

The single "Scarborough Fair" was among Australia's Best Sellers and was ranked #7 on March 15, 1969. It was ranked the #39 Top Single of the year in Australia in 1969.

Fool On the Hill was a #3 best seller in Japan in March and July 1969.

Lani Hall left the group in 1970. With her departure, Mendes reorganized the group by adding Gracinha Leporace, Claudio Slon on drums and Laudir De Oliveira on conga. Gracinha's first vocals with Brasil '66 were "Lost in Paradise" and "Chelsea Morning" on the Stillness album.

The group toured Australia in September 1970. Billboard reported airplay and record sales were at an all time high.

In late September or early October 1970, the group re-signed with A&M Records. The deal was a four-year contract.

"Scarborough Fair" was used in the 1973 film "Heavy Traffic."

  1. From the Music Capitals of the World (New York). Mike Gross. Billboard, June 17, 1967.
  2. Concert and Waxing Projects Making Things Pop for Mendes. Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, June 15, 1968.
  3. Five Chains Ban Apple Album; Korvette 'Bites.' Bruce Weber. Billboard, December 14, 1968.
  4. From the Music Capitals of the Workd (Sydney). David Elfich. Billboard, September 26, 1970.
  5. Mendes' New Album Shifts to Purer Brazilian Sound. Billboard, November 28, 1970.
  6. Go-Set Charts
Recording Years / Label
1966-1971 -  A&M Records
Name Member Years Instruments
Bob Matthews 1966-1967 bass
Dom Um Romao 1968-1971 drums
Janis Hansen 1966-1967 vocals
Jose Palma 1966-1967 drums
Jose Soares 1966-1967 percussion
Karen Phillip 1968-1971 vocals
Lani Hall 1966-1971 vocals
Oscar Castro-Neves 1968-1971 guitars
Rubens Bassini 1968-1971 percussion
Sebastian Neto 1966-1971 bass
Sergio Mendes 1966-1971 keyboards, vocals
Name Birth Death
Bob Matthews
Dom Um Romao 1925-08-03 2005-07-27
Janis Hansen 1942-10-10 2017-10-04
Jose Palma
Jose Soares
Karen Phillip 1945-09-07
Lani Hall 1947-11-06
Oscar Castro-Neves 1940-05-15 2013-09-27
Rubens Bassini 1933-01-26 1985-09-00
Sebastian Neto 1983-11-01 2001-06-13
Sergio Mendes 1941-02-11
Name See associated acts
Dom Um Romao Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77
Karen Phillip Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77
Lani Hall Herb Alpert & Lani HallLani Hall
Oscar Castro-Neves Paul Winter & FriendsSergio Mendes & Brasil '77Oscar Castro-Neves
Rubens Bassini Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77
Sebastian Neto Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77
Sergio Mendes Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77Sergio Mendes