Maybe the most original Brazilian percussionist/singer ever, and certainly the most influential one, Jackson do Pandeiro was, together with Luís Gonzaga, responsible for the nationwide dissemination of Northeastern Brazilian music. During his career, he had hits that continue to be re-recorded until today, like the arrasta-pé "Casaca de Couro," the xamego "Forró na Gafieira," the baião "A Cantiga do Sapo," the cocos "O Falso Toureiro" and "Cajueiro," "Meu Enxoval" (co-written by Gordurinha), "17 Na Corrente," "Coco do Norte," "O Velho Gagá," "Vou Ter Um Troço," "Sebastiana," "O Canto da Ema," and "Chiclete com Banana." He had a fundamental role in the Brazilian popular music tradition celebrated by a broad selection of contemporary figures, ranging from Lenine to David Byrne (who produced the CD Forró Etc.). During his career, however, Jackson didn't have significant sales as we understand them today, nor international tours, let alone the glamour enjoyed by today's idols. In fact, the rediscovery of his importance is a relatively recent phenomenon, indebted to a great extent by interest in Tropicalia from Brazilian popular cultural's past; Gilberto Gil recorded "O Canto da Ema" (D. Aires Viana/Alventino Cavalcanti/João do Vale) and "Chiclete com Banana" (Gordurinha), while Gal Costa recorded "Sebastiana." Since then, Jackson's hits have been recorded by Alceu Valença, Chico Buarque, Tom Zé, Elba Ramalho, João Bosco, Geraldo Azevedo, Genival Lacerda, Zé Ramalho, Leila Pinheiro, Paralamas do Sucesso, Cascabulho, Chico César, and other artists.