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Doug Ellin
At 72, Brazilian stars celebrate half-century of friendship

A university student by the name of Caetano Veloso struck up a conversation one day with a fellow student, a budding musician with a local TV gig. It was a chance encounter that helped change the face of Brazilian music and launched a friendship that has continued for more than half a century. Veloso says he might not even have become a musician if it weren't for the influence — and guitar lessons — of Gilberto Gil. As close as brothers, the two have helped one another make the most of the limelight since that encounter in 1963 in the colonial city of Salvador, coming together periodically to write songs, produce one another's albums or perform. The two 72-year-olds...