Astrud Gilberto The Girl From Ipanema

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I promise this is not because of her hair bow! Even if I like that bow and I’m so predictable and easy to please!

I’m thankful for this wonderful week I’ve spent with you; I’m thankful for your every word, your every comment you share; I’m thankful for my life, my healthy kids and husband; I’m thankful for my family and for you! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend! Enjoy Astrud Gilberto The Girl From Ipanema! (more info right after the jump!)

This is the over-successful version of the Garota de Ipanema, originally written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes (the English lyrics were composed by Norman Gimbel). Astrud Gilberto with Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz made it really big with this bossa nova number. And I can’t figure out a single reason why they wouldn’t have! But did you know there was actually a Girl from Ipanema who inspired this musical madness to start with?

Her name was Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (kinda long, right? So her name was officially shortened somewhere along the way into Helo Pinheiro) and she was living in Ipanema. Each day she was going to the beach (because you know there’s nothing to do in Brazil besides that) she passed near the “Veloso”, a very popular bar nearby. There she would buy cigarettes for her mother and strut her 15-year-old beauty in the flattering regards and remarks of all.

Though it was played over and over again in many movies, the version included here is from “Get Yourself a College Girl” (1964). Also the song has been declined into a “Boy from Ipanema” version and you can watch the divine Ella Fitzgerald performing it in a concert from Holland, 1974. Right after, a very favorite of mine, Smoke City‘s Mr Gorgeous (it just came to mind when thinking about “The Boy of Ipanema”)


#1 Adriana on 11.28.09 at 8:29 am

That was great! I had to wipe away a tear because my mother loved as well this song by Astrid Gilberto and she adored Ella Fitzgerald but it reminded me from whom I inherited my love for music and to dance…..:))
I always imagined The Girl from Ipanema walking in the sun! I saw a Christmas tree…ah, I gotcha Kpriss, it was not the bow it was the Christmas tree that seduced you. I know you by now! :D

Thanks Kpriss for all the info. I bet you had a great Thanksgiving. I almost feel it. Have a great weekend.

#2 Ellington on 11.28.09 at 11:11 am

Love the song! Loved all the versions of it. I also am a big fan of Tom Jobim his music is beautiful especially the things he did with Elis my favourite is Agua de March. A beautiful song sung in the original Brazilian Portuguese. :)
Thanks for this Kpriss and thanks for your kindness and friendship Kpriss, and Adriana!

Hugs Ellington : )

#3 café au lait on 11.28.09 at 1:52 pm

I love this song the first time I heard it it was from my lovemate (or fiancé) he was playing it with his guitar and I asked him who was that and he recorded some good music for me, I’ll allways remember it and also MORENA FLOR of Venicius Moraes,

Thank you kpriss I enjoy come tho this website,I read with enthousiasm your comments and all info you share with us.

Just to join you I’m thankful for my life for everything I accomplished till now and I’m thankful for my plans and my strengths to work on it, I have the most wonderful daughter in the world(some times she drives me crazy, lol), I’m thankful to have such a nice love,lifemate he’s unique and he sustains me a lot, I’m thankful for how is my life now ,IF some thing happens now I have no regrets I live fully my life.

You see !!now you drive me sensitive.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

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