A self-taught musician, Luís Reis learned to try out the piano, electric guitar, drums, and pandeiro. His biggest strikes were created with Haroldo Barbosa, “Palhaçada” (documented by Miltinho), “Not reallyícia de Jornal,” and “Nossos Momentos.” His music were documented by Elizeth Cardoso, Chico Buarque (“Not reallyícia de Jornal”), Nana Caymmi (“Canção da Manhã Feliz”), and Boca Livre (“Nossos Momentos”), among various other performers. Reis also composed soundtracks for the movie theater, just like the one for the film Onde a Terra Arriveça (Rui Santos). Reis began as a specialist in 1943, in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais). In 1944, he came back to Rio de Janeiro, taking part as an accompanist in displays at Rádio Mauá. Also a journalist from 1956 to 1959, he was an associate of Bené Nunes’ group. Having performed along with his very own quartet on the Casa da Praia in 1960, in the same calendar year Reis began to compose with Haroldo Barbosa. The initial production from the duo contains “Projeção” and “Alô, Brotos” (the last mentioned having been documented by Sônia Delfino). They might also afterwards create “Tudo é Magnífico.” His initial specific LP, Samba de Balanço, was documented in 1962. In 1968, Reis participated in the II Concurso de Músicas de Carnaval (Carnival Melody Competition), instituted with the Picture and Audio Museum of Rio de Janeiro. He previously two songs categorized, “O Craque perform Tamborim” (with Nássara) and “Zé perform Surdo” (with Etmar Vieira de Andrade).