Today in 1940 Brazilian singer and iconic leader of Brazilian bossa nova Astrud Evangelina Weinert, better known as Astrud Gilberto, was born in Brazil. Gilberto is best remembered for her iconic rendering of The Girl from Ipanema.
Like a true Aries, Gilberto’s enterprising spirit became part of the Brazilian bossa nova craze that took over the U.S. in the 1960s. In 1964 American saxophonist Stanley Getz joined Brazilian musician João Gilberto and his then-wife Astrud along with composer Antonio Jobim in an eight-track album, Getz/Gilberto, that went on to receive four Grammys including 1965’s Best Album of the Year and The Girl from Ipanema won Record of the Year.
Gilberto was 24-year-old when she recorded the iconic song and introduced the world to her smoky vocals. She has gone on to record eighteen albums and has been recognized with a U.S. Latin Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award.
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