João Gilberto, Stan Getz and the world conquest of the girl from Ipanema | Sound Sofa


There are songs that change everything, the lives of their authors, that of their interpreters and that of the listeners. In 1964 a musical experiment resulted The Girl From Ipanema, a timeless song that stopped the Beatles’ world conquest and elevated bossa nova to a new category.

That album, created without great pretensions, was a revolution and the worldwide expansion of Brazilian music.

Signed by Stan Getz y Joao Gilberto, the album also features Tom Jobim at the piano, and also the author of the songs, and introduces the world to Astrud Gilberto, Joao’s young wife. Astrud She came to the project by chance and the success of the two songs she sang made her a star.

This week we invite the Sound Sofa to Arturo Lezcano to delve into the history of this album and its characters to understand how this historic album was created and what it meant for its interpreters, who came together again in new projects in the following years.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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