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Brazilian Bossa Nova Hit “The Girl From Ipanema” was First Heard in 1962

Brazilian Bossa Nova Hit “The Girl From Ipanema” was First Heard in 1962

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Today in Latin American history, the Brazilian bossa nova hit “The Girl From Ipanema” was first heard in 1962.

The song was composed for a musical comedy titled Dirigível (Blimp), then a work-in-progress of Vinícius de Moraes. The original title was “Menina que Passa” (“The Girl Who Passes By”); the famous first verse was different.

The song was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, a seventeen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in the fashionable Ipanema district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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