Regra Três

Rule number three

The song, composed in 1972, is the result of one of the most successful Brazilian artistic friendships and partnerships: Antônio Pecci Filho, known as Toquinho (1946), and Vinícius de Moraes (1913-1980).

“Regra Três” was born as Toquinho's criticism of Vinícius’s love life, as he was known for being flirtatious (in total, the musician was married 9 times!) and used to date two or three girls at the same time, even though he used to say that “he was a one-woman man.”

The musicians are great representations in Brazilian culture, and it's worth knowing more about their history and career.

Toquinho, affectionately called that way by his mother since he was a child, recorded wonderful works with artists such as Elis Regina, Chico Buarque, Jorge Ben Jor, and Paulinho da Viola. Not to mention the partnership with Italians Maurizio Fabrizio and Guido Moura, which originated the famous “Aquarela” song.

However, he built most of his repertoire with Vinícius de Moraes. Together, the two made more than one thousand presentations, composed more than 125 songs, and released more than 20 albums, such as an LP with songs like “Regra Três”, “Tarde em Itapoã” (“Afternoon in Itapoã”), “Pela luz dos Olhos Seus” (“By the Light of Your Eyes”), “A Tonga da Mironga do Kabuletê” (“The Lost Lust Land of Baron von Barren”) and “Para viver um grande amor” (“To Live a Great Love”).

What else? They created melodies for children that became big hits, such as “O Pato” (“The Duck”), “A Casa” (“The House”), “A Porta” (“The Door”), and “A Arca” (“The Ark”).

Vinícius passed away in 1980, after building a brilliant trajectory as one of the founders of the Bossa Nova movement and one of the main poets of Modernism – he wrote treasures such as “Sonnet on Fidelity” and “Rose of Hiroshima”, and became known as “Little Poet” (nickname given by Tom Jobim). In addition, the artist worked as a playwright, being responsible for the works “Orfeu da Conceição” (“Conceição's Orpheu”), “Cordélia e o Peregrino” (“Cordelia and the Peregrine”), and “Pobre Menina Rica” (“Poor Rich Girl”).