1 November 1957
26 August 1988 (aged 30)
Carlos Manuel de Marques Paião (Coimbra, November 1, 1957 - Rio Maior, August 26, 1988) was a very popular singer and songwriter in Portugal. He penned some 500 songs, some of which became national hits, including:
* Play-back (with which he represented Portugal at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest)
* Pó-de-arroz (Rice Powder)
* Souvenir de Portugal (Souvenir from Portugal)
* Vinho do Porto (Port Wine), a duet performed with Cândida Branca Flor
* Zero-a-zero (Nil-Nil)
* Marcha do Pião das Nicas
* Ga-Gago (stu-stutterer)
* Meia-dúzia (half a dozen)
* Telefonia nas ondas do ar (Radio in the Air Waves)
Additionally, he was an instrumentalist (having begun to play the accordion at age five) and a producer.
Carlos Paião was also a doctor, having graduated in Medicine in 1983, but his great passion was music.
Carlos Paião was killed in a car accident in Ponte Amieira, near the city of Rio Maior, in August 1988, while returning from a concert.
Eurovision Song Contest 1981 - Dublin