Rita Lee, the Brazilian Queen of Rock, passed away at 75 on May 8th, leaving behind a legacy of powerful music and feminist messages. Known for hits like Now Only Missing You, Mania de Você, and Ovelha Negra, Rita gained worldwide fame for her vivid and candid style of singing.
Despite her struggles with drug abuse, Rita’s creativity and compositions left a lasting impact on the music industry over her six-decade career. She was married to guitarist Roberto de Carvalho at the time of her death and had three children with him, all of whom pursued careers in the music industry.
Although Rita Lee regarded her own voice as “a little out of tune and weak,” her songs were featured in popular telenovelas in Latin America, and she won a Latin Grammy in 2001 for the Best Portuguese Language Album category. Her contributions to the music world will be missed, but her influence will continue to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike.