Thursday, March 30, 2017

Getz / Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema (Verve)

Born in Salvador de Bahia, Astrud Giberto wrote her name in capital letters in the history of Brazilian music when coming to record an English version of this Antônio Carlos Jobim 1962 composed classic (originally titled ‘Garota de Ipanema’) with lyrics in Portuguese written by Vinicius de Moraes.
A song inspired by Helô Pinheiro (born Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto) who, by the age of 15, would stroll past the popular Veloso bar-café every day from her home located in the Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro, eventually getting there to buy cigs for her mom then leaving to the sound of wolf whistles, which is how she got remarked by the composers of the song, eventually becoming herself a celebrity when the song became popular.
Taken from the Getz/Gilberto album released in 1964, the single which featured João Gilberto (Astrud’s future husband) on guitar and Stan Getz on saxophone got named Record Of The Year in 1965, with the album winning various Grammy Awards that same year.
Those of you on their way to Rio de Janeiro might see the lyrics of this song inscribed on a commemorative plaque on the wall above the Garota de Ipanema bar located on Rua Prudente de Moraes…

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