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Astrud Gilberto

The honey-toned chanteuse on the surprise Brazilian crossover hit "The Girl From Ipanema," Astrud Gilberto parlayed her previously unscheduled appearance (and professional singing debut) on the song into a lengthy career that resulted in nearly a dozen albums for Verve and a successful performing career that lasted into the '90s. Though her appearance at the studio to record "The Girl From Ipanema" was due only to her husband João, one of the most famed Brazilian artists of the century, Gilberto's singular, quavery tone and undisguised naïveté propelled the song into the charts and influenced a variety of sources in worldwide pop music.

Born in Bahia, Gilberto moved to Rio de Janeiro at an early age. 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 Stan Getz. Getz had already recorded several albums influenced by Brazilian rhythms, and Verve teamed him with the cream of Brazilian music, Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto, for his next album. 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.

Not even credited on the resulting LP, Getz/Gilberto, Astrud finally gained fame over a year later, when "The Girl From Ipanema" became a number five hit in mid-1964. The album became the best-selling jazz album up to that point, and made Gilberto a star across America. Before the end of the year, Verve capitalized on the smash with the release of Getz Au Go Go, featuring a Getz live date with Gilberto's vocals added later. Her first actual solo album, The Astrud Gilberto Album, was released in May 1965. Though it barely missed the Top 40, the LP's blend of Brazilian classics and ballad standards proving quite infectious with easy listening audiences.

Though she never returned to the pop charts in America, Verve proved to be quite understanding for Astrud Gilberto's career, pairing her with ace arranger Gil Evans for 1966's Look to the Rainbow and Brazilian organist/arranger Walter Wanderley for the dreamy A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness, released later that year. She remained a huge pop star in Brazil for the rest of the 1960s and '70s, but gradually disappeared in America after her final album for Verve in 1969. In 1971, she released a lone album for CTI (with Stanley Turrentine) but was mostly forgotten in the U.S. until 1984, when "Girl From Ipanema" recharted in Britain on the tails of a neo-bossa craze. Gilberto gained worldwide distribution for 1987's Astrud Gilberto Plus the James Last Orchestra and 2002's Jungle. ~ John Bush
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: To Go

1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)

3. (Take Me To) Aruanda

4. Agua De Berber (Water To Drink)

5. How Insensitive

6. So Nice (Summer Samba)

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best Of Astrud Gilberto

1. Non-Stop To Brazil

2. Agua De Beber (feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim)

3. The Girl From Ipanema (feat. Stan Getz)

4. So Nice (Summer Samba) (feat. Walter Wanderley)

5. Fly Me To The Moon

6. The Shadow Of Your Smile

7. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) (feat. Stan Getz)

8. Misty Roses

9. Dindi

10. Berimbau

11. Tu Mi Delirio (feat. Walter Wanderley)

12. My Foolish Heart

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Track List: Astrud For Lovers

1. Only Trust Your Heart

2. Once I Loved

3. Tu Mi Delirio

4. World Stop Turning

5. Manha De Carnival

6. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)

7. My Foolish Heart

8. Look To The Rainbow

9. It Might As Well Be Spring

10. Lonely Afternoon

11. Love Is Stronger Far Than We

12. The Shadow Of Your Smile

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Track List: Jazz 'Round Midnight 12

1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Fly Me To The Moon

3. Non-Stop To Brazil

4. Only Trust Your Heart

5. It Might As Well Be Spring

6. My Foolish Heart

7. Misty Roses

8. Tu Me Delirio

9. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)

10. Manha De Carnival

11. If You Went Away

12. Here's That Rainy Day

13. I Will Wait For You

14. Who Can I Turn To

15. Once Upon A Summertime

16. The Shadow Of Your Smile

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Track List: Verve Jazz Masters 9

1. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)

3. Once Upon A Summertime

4. Felicidade

5. A Certain Sadness

6. Agua de Beber

7. Frevo

9. Dindi

11. Day By Day

12. The Shadow Of Your Smile

13. Aruanda (Take Me To Aruanda)

14. The Gentle Rain

15. Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness)

16. Berimbau

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Track List: The Silver Collection

1. Once I Loved

2. Agua De Beber

3. Meditation

4. And Roses And Roses

5. O Morro(Nao Tem Vez)

6. How Insensitive

7. Dindi

8. Photograph

9. Dreamer

10. So Finha De Ser Com Voce

11. All That's Left To Say Is Goodbye

12. The Shadow Of Your Smile

13. Arunda

14. Manha De Carnaval

15. Fly Me To The Moon

16. The Gentle Rain

17. Non-Stop To Brazil

18. O Ganso

19. Who Can I Turn To? (When Nobody Needs Me)

20. Day By Day

21. Tristeza

22. Funny World

23. So Nice (Summer Samba)

24. Let Go (Canto De Ossanho)

25. Berimbou

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Track List: Compact Jazz: Astrud Gilberto

1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Agua De Beber

3. Once I Loved

4. Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)

5. Meditation

6. Berimbau

7. It Might As Well Be Spring

8. O Morro (Nao Tem Vez)

9. Summer Samba (So Nice)

10. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)

11. Dindi

12. Take Me To Aruanda

13. Felicidade

14. Only Trust Your Heart

15. Beach Samba

16. How Insensitive

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Track List: Beach Samba

1. Stay

2. Misty Roses

3. The Face I Love

5. Oba, Oba

6. Canoeiro

7. I Had The Craziest Dream

9. My Foolish Heart

11. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice

12. Nao Bate O Corocao

13. Goodbye Sadness

14. Call Me

15. Here's That Rainy Day

16. Tu Meu Delirio

17. It's A Lovely Day Today

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Track List: Look To The Rainbow

1. Berimbau

2. Once Upon A Summertime

3. Felicidade

4. I Will Wait For You

5. Frevo

7. Look To The Rainbow

8. Bim Bom

11. She's A Carioca

12. A Certain Smile

13. A Certain Sadness

14. Nega Do Cabelo Duro

15. So Nice (Summer Samba)

17. Portuguese Washerwoman

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Track List: The Astrud Gilberto Album

1. Once I Loved

2. Agua De Beber

3. Meditation

4. And Roses And Roses

5. O Morro Nao Tem Vez

6. How Insensitive

7. Dindi

8. Photograph

9. Dreamer

10. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce

11. All That's Left Is To Say Goodbye

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Track List: Fly Me To The Moon (Kaskade Remix) (Single)

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Track List: The Shadow Of Your Smile

1. The Shadow Of Your Smile

2. Aruanda

3. Manha De Carnaval

4. Fly Me To The Moon

5. The Gentle Rain

6. Non-Stop To Brazil

7. O Ganso

8. Who Can I Turn To

9. Day By Day

10. Tristeza

11. Funny World

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Track List: Windy

1. Dreamy

2. Chup Chup I Got Away

3. Never My Love

4. Lonely Afternoon

5. On My Mind

6. The Bare Necessities

7. Windy

8. Sing Me A Rainbow

9. In My Life

10. Crickets Sing For Anamaria (Os Grillos)

11. Where Are They Now?

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Ive got alot of her records and so sexy in her voice love her
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Cesar Portillo de La Luz Author of this beautiful song R.I.P . You have given us such beautiful lyrics.
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!
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I was starting to hit puberty in 1964. Heard Astrud and The Girl from Ipanema on the radio and was ready to get married.
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The voice that introduced the world to Latin Jazz. Long live the Girl from Ipanema...
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Grew up with my parent's parties listening to her amazing talent. Her voice is part of my whole life.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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jennifer.tho r l e y
belissimo!!! ! !
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aar450
We're a cult. but I disagree with the bio. Her singing on GFI is not heavily accented nor is it naïve. It is charming, wistful, with a twist of sexy. It's held me for decades.
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@ arctic1974 Sinatra was actually a late comer to bossa nova although his 1967 album with Jobim was quite good.
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!
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Again, this tune, made popular by Frank Sinatra, lends itself perfectly to Bossa Nova, and underscores the importance of Sinatra to the popularizati o n of Bossa Nova in America.

Michael Missiras
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This singing style owes a huge debt to the singing and trumpet playing of Chet Baker

Michael Missiras
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NYC arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m
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frweldon2000
que voz, linda y suave
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fiestecitas
what a talent!!! THANK U!!
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Classic
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Such a unique voice and calm.
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Arthur, you met her in person? Is she as pretty in person as her picture? That voice captured me, so hauntingly beautiful.
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arthurblank2
Met her at a Jazz club in Philadelphia in late 1964 and have been a big fan since. Never get tired of The Girl From Ipanema
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One of my all-time favorite Brazilian female artists - the original!
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dragonlady60 8 8
My Fave song...still play this on cd in my car
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Very relaxing, so soft and mellow.
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never get tired listening to her voice since the 80's.
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Astrud Gilberto... Brilliant!
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Love Astrud, she was one of the girls on my list, LOL, I just wanted this girl so bad. Crazy 16 year old.
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Great song to stir my drink too, on the beach.
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nice lounging song
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Short version
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Sweet music from the past.
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barangaysipa t 1
te quiero Astrud
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Viva
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Just Mellow
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walksinwater 7
What a great cocktail and beach song.
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darcymaybe
Love this.
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Astrud has such a sweet, endearing voice. Her daughter, Bebel Gilberto, has a similarly beautiful, yet sexy, voice.
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Beautiful voice
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cari.coyle2
to this day she remains one of my favorites.
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fantastic ..
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This is awesome
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Wowwwww I just discovered gold!
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Great Arrangement
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I could listen to her silky and sweet voice all day!
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Love this song so much I ooooooommmmm m g g g g g g g g g g ! ! ! !
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The original, first voice of bossa nova for me!
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That smooth voice. She most certainly is a musical legend.
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Take me to Brazil!!!
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A magical lilt that stands the test of time in perpetuity. KAT
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The Beauty about not understandin g the language is you just listen and Imagine....w o n d e r f u l !
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Me encanta!
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