Antônio Pecci Filho (born July 6, 1946), better known as Toquinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [toˈkĩɲu]), is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. He is well known for his collaborations, as composer and performer, with Vinicius de Moraes.
Toquinho was born in São Paulo, the son of Italian immigrants Diva Bondeolli Pecci and Antonio Pecci, and has one brother, João Carlos Pecci. His paternal grandfather was from Toro and his paternal grandmother was born in Calabria; his maternal grandparents were instead from Mantua. As he was very short during his childhood, her mother used to call him 'meu toquinho de gente' ('my piece of person'). This is the origin of his nickname.
He was always the number one student in his class. However, this situation caused him some physical and emotional problems. So, he started playing guitar as a solution to these problems. His first guitar classes were taught by Dona Aurora, a piano teacher who also knew how to play guitar. However, she could not continue to teach Toquinho. In fact, the songs he wanted to learn, like João Gilberto and Carlos Lyra, were too difficult for her.
At 14 years old, he studied guitar with Paulinho Nogueira and went on studying harmony with Edgar Gianulo, classical guitar with Isaias Sávio and orchestration with Léo Peracchi. He also studied with and befriended Oscar Castro-Neves. (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)
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