This song is one that I first heard on a disc by Astrud Gilberto.
|Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz|
Here is an interesting story about the start of her career taken from the All Music Guide:
"She'd had no professional musical experience of any kind until 1963, the year of her visit to New York with her husband, João Gilberto, in a recording session headed by saxophonist Stan Getz. Producer Creed Taylor wanted a few English vocals for maximum crossover potential, and as it turned out, Astrud was the only Brazilian present with any grasp of the language. After her husband laid down his Portuguese vocals for the first verse of his and Jobim's composition, THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA, Astrud provided a hesitant, heavily accented second verse in English."
The song became an international sensation and her soft, sexy voice still seduces and charms listeners today. Count me in. When Jerry and I first began dating he brought me a gift... a CD of Astrud Gilberto's Greatest Hits. Knock me over with a feather! Something about the simple sincerity in her voice really inspired me and got me started singing jazz and Bossa Nova.
So... thank you Astrud for your wonderful music. Here's to you!
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