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Astrud Gilberto (born March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer. She is best known for her performance of the song "The Girl from Ipanema". Biography: Astrud Gilberto was born Astrud Evangelina Weinert, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father, in the state of Bahia, Brazil. She was raised in Rio de Janeiro. She married João Gilberto in 1959 and emigrated to the United States in 1963, continuing to reside in the US from that time. Astrud and João divorced in the mid-1960s and she began a relationship with her musical partner, American jazz saxophone player Stan Getz. She sang on two tracks on the influential 1963 album Getz/Gilberto featuring João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, despite having never sung professionally before this recording. The 1964 single version of "The Girl from Ipanema", taken from the 1963 album, omitted the Portuguese lyrics sung by Joao Gilberto, and established Astrud Gilberto as a Bossa Nova singer. It sold...

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SongThe Girl From Ipanema
ArtistAstrud Gilberto
AlbumThis Is
LabelVerve Music
Year1966
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On Apr 19, 2011. 10:42am
Christopher Lynch said

This lady is a legend! Her gentle, lilting, alluring voice first captivated me as a boy when I heard her "Girl From Ipanema", and has stayed with me ever since. The outstanding musicians working with her, including the great Stan Getz, cool Luiz Bonfa as well as the masterful Tom Jobim*, certainly enhanced her "Jazz Samba" album. (Which I still have on vinyl!) A delight to listen to on balmy evenings or just about anytime, Astrud and her soulmates played a powerful role in introducing many of us to the subtle beauties of Brazilian jazz. An excellent recommendation.
*Note: Antonio Carlos Jobim is a heavenly musical story in his own right. I regard him as the Brazilian Gershwin!

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