Gil began his career on the accordion in the 1950s, inspired by Luiz Gonzaga, until João Gilberto, bossa nova, and Dorival Caymmi came along. His songs from an early age depicted his country.
In 1963 he met Caetano Veloso and began a partnership and a movement that contemplated and internationalised music, cinema, the plastic arts, theatre and all Brazilian art, tropicália. This movement generated discontent among the dictatorship, which ended up exiling the partners.
In London, Gil is influenced by the Beatles, Jimmi Hendrix and the entire pop world.
On his return to Brazil, he continues to produce a rich phonographic output, which lasts to this day. There are almost 60 discs in all and around 4 million copies sold and 9 Grammys.