Appearing on a Blue Note compilation of bossa nova music, which my father bought for me during a brief, manic phase in which I gobbled up every iteration of the Brazilian art form I could get my hands on, Rawls seemed immediately out of place. Perhaps this is why he appealed to me, this smooth black solo artist who appeared to care little for the nuance and flecks of colour that Jobim worked into his compositions. But it was unusual in the sense of this very traditional compilation, which I still have somewhere, though it is now in pieces; the jewel case separated, the liner notes fraying from overuse and the disc itself long since stuck to the interior of a CD wallet that is permanently wedged underneath the passenger seat of my car. I have had that car for ten years, the album even longer.
Stan Getz & João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto (Remastered Expanded Edition) (2019) [Hi-Res]
History of the Brazilian Song Girl From Ipanema
Submit your question here! More than half a century after her bikini-clad body inspired a song about the Brazilian beach where she was a regular, the original "Girl From Ipanema" continues to stir curiosity. Helo Pinheiro was a year-old fixture on the Rio beach "tall and tan and young and lovely" in , when she caught the eye of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, who along with poet Vinicius De Moraes would create the bossa nova classic. Now a year-old grandmother, Pinheiro returned to her former hangout to be a torchbearer who helped carry the flame for the Summer Games in Rio. Fame is the principle thing," she said. But back when the song was released, she couldn't believe how it all played out.
'The Girl From Ipanema': A Tribute to João Gilberto in 15 Versions
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It was a worldwide hit in the mids and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel. The first commercial recording was in , by Pery Ribeiro.