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Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz: THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA – 1964

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Astrud Gilberto (born March 30, 1940) is a Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer. She is well known for her performance of the Grammy Award-winning song “The Girl from Ipanema.”

Astrud Gilberto was born as Astrud Weinert, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and aGerman 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, Stan Getz.

She sang on the influential album Getz/Gilberto featuring João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. She had never performed professionally, and sang on the recordings at the suggestion of her (then) husband, João Gilberto.

Gilberto’s recording of “The Girl from Ipanema” established her as a jazz and pop singer. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.  In 1964, Gilberto appeared in the films Get Yourself a College Girl and The Hanged Man. Her first solo album was The Astrud Gilberto Album (1964). Upon moving to the United States, she went on tour with Getz.  Beginning as a singer of bossa nova and American jazz standards, Gilberto started to record her own compositions in the 1970s. Her repertoire includes “The Shadow of Your Smile“, “It Might as Well Be Spring“, “Love Story”, “Fly Me to the Moon“, “Day by Day“, “Here’s That Rainy Day“, and “Look to the Rainbow”. She has recorded songs in PortugueseEnglishSpanishItalianFrenchGerman, and Japanese.

In 1982, Gilberto’s son Marcelo joined her group, touring with her for more than a decade as bassist. In addition, he collaborated as co-producer of the albums Live in New York (1996) and Temperance (1997). Her son Gregory Lasorsa played guitar on the Temperancealbum on the song “Beautiful You”, which features singer Michael Franks.

Gilberto received the Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, and was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2002. In 1996, she contributed to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio produced by the Red Hot Organization, performing the song “Desafinado” (Portuguese for “slightly out of tune”, or “off key”) along with George Michael. Although she did not officially retire, Gilberto announced in 2002 that she was taking “indefinite time off” from public performances.

Her original recording of “Fly Me to the Moon” was edited as a duet using a recording of the same song by Frank Sinatra for the soundtrack of Down with Love (2003). Her recording “Who Can I Turn To?” was sampled by The Black Eyed Peas in the song “Like That” from the album Monkey Business. Her vocals on “Berimbau” were sampled by Cut Chemist in his song “The Garden”. Her recording of “Once I Loved” was featured in the 2007 film Juno.

The “Astrud” track on Basia Trzetrzelewska‘s 1987 album, Time and Tide, is a tribute to Gilberto.   Gilberto is an ardent advocate of animal rights.

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