“The decoration happens 40 years after the first candidacy [of Carlos Paião] to the RTP da Canção festival”, recalls this official message, referring to the musician's participation in the 1980 contest, where he interpreted “Amigos eu voltei”, a song made it to the final.
The insignia were given to the musician's parents.
Carlos Paião died in a car accident, aged 30, in August 1988.
Music producer Mário Martins, who recognized his talent and took him to the publisher Valentim de Carvalho, in the late 1970s, told Lusa, when 25 years had passed since his death, that Carlos Paião was “a composer and author of unique merit ”.
“If he were alive, he would probably be the greatest composer and author of light music”, emphasized Mário Martins, in this August 2013 interview, about the composer of “Playback” and “Pó de Arroz”.
“Carlos Paião won the Ílhavo Festival , and sent a cassette to EMI-Valentim de Carvalho, which never got a response”. At the time, I already had more than 200 songs written.
Then his cousin and author of hits like “Ó tempo volta p'ra posterior”, Manuel Paião, with whom Mário Martins worked, asked him to listen to the tape.
“I was amazed, because there was a lot of quality there,” said the former director of the Artists Department of the former record company.
“Carlos [Paião] did not have a great voice, but he was an extraordinary composer and author, and when I got in touch with him, he told me that he was also not interested in recording”, he recalled.
Fado singer António Mourão was the first to record a Paião song, “Fado Reguila”, which “was unsuccessful”. Amália Rodrigues followed, who became an ally.
Amália heard several songs, “she laughed and chose a dozen of them, like 'O Senhor Extraterrestre', which she recorded” and to which she would add “Nosso Povo”, recalled Mário Martins.
The first album recorded by Carlos Paião, as an interpreter, "Algarismos", came after the victory at the 1981 RTP festival, with "Playback".
However, he continued to favor composition for other singers, such as Amália, Lenita Gentil, Mísia, José Alberto Reis, Alexandra, Vasco Rafael, or for a magazine, such as “Escabeche”, from Teatro ABC.
He worked with Herman José and was one of the creators of the characters Estebes and Serafim Saudade, for which he composed the repertoire.
Many of Carlos Paião's songs have been recovered by singers like Fábia Rebordão, Rui Veloso, Sam The Kid, Mesa, Tiago Bettencourt.
In 2018, a tribute, designed for the Festival da Canção, gave rise to the album “Paião”, coordinated by musicians João Pedro Coimbra and Nuno Figueiredo, with interpretations by Jorge Benvinda, Virgem Suta, Marlon, d'Os Azeitonas, and VIA .