Linda Batista

Linda Batista, born Florinda Grandino de Oliveira (São Paulo, June 14, 1919, - April 17, 1988) was a Brazilian popular musician.

Linda was the sister of Dircinha Batista and studied violão (guitar) from age 12 under Patricio Teixeira. She was hired at Radio Cajuti after substituting for her sister on the Gastão Lamounier show in 1932. By 1937 she had been elected Brazil's "Queen of Radio", which she would retain until 1948. She married and quickly divorced in the late 1930s, and became the frontwoman of the Kolman Orchestra at the Cassino da Urca. Her first recordings were released in 1938. Around this time she also began appearing in films such as Maridinho de Luxo and Banana da Terra.

She sang at the Radio Cultura in Sao Paulo and then at the Casino of Porchat Isle for six months. She returned to Rio de Janeiro in 1939 and was hired at the Cassino da Urca, where she remained until the casinos were closed in 1945 by state decree. She signed to Victor Records in 1940, and would record for the label until 1960. She toured throughout Brazil in the early and mid-1940s, scoring many nationwide hits such as "Tudo é Brasil" (1941), "Batuque No Morro" (1941), "Clube Dos Barrigudos" (1944), "No Boteco Do José" (1946), "Enlouqueci" (1948), "Nega Maluca" (1950), and "Vingança" (1951). She embarked on a tour of Portugal, France, and Italy in 1951.

In the 1950s she did extensive work for films. She toured Uruguay in 1957-58 and Argentina in 1959. In 1960, she appeared in Carlos Machado's Varieties show at the nightclub Night and Day. She retired from active performance in 1960.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 14th, 1919 (São Paulo), Died April 17th, 1988

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor 052093 10-in. 12/17/1940 História de Adão e Eva Linda Batista Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor 052150 10-in. 3/13/1941 Depois da farra Linda Batista Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor S-052578 10-in. 7/10/1942 Desperta Brasil Linda Batista Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor S-052579 10-in. 7/10/1942 Vitória amarga Linda Batista Female vocal solo vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Batista, Linda," accessed August 3, 2021,

Batista, Linda. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from

"Batista, Linda." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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