Antonio Monte de Souza used to work at a gasoline station in Porto Alegre-RS. After knocking off work he used to change into a nice suit and go to Radio Gaúcha to sing at gong shows. People noticed that his clothes reeked of gasoline and that's how he got his nickname.
In 1953, Antonio up and left Porto Alegre to try his luck in Rio de Janeiro. He went straight to Radio Nacional and asked MC Cesar de Alencar for a chance to sing.
Nelson Gonçalves took a shine to Antonio and brought him to Sao Paulo where he signed with Radio Record for 7 years.
'Radiolandia' 15 August 1963.