Nobody knows who really invented the Bossanova. Does that matter? It gained momentum in Brazil in the late fifties and reached the shores of the US in the movie Black Orpheus with the music of Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
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But one of the key factors in its success was the popularity of the song “Girl from Ipanema”. Was it the lyrics (the English translation which differs from the original?), Jobim’s haunting and intricate melody, Stan Getz’ guitar, Joao Gilberto‘s amazing guitar, or Astrud Gilberto’s naive singing and singular beauty?
One thing is for sure. Astrud was in the right place at the right time, and her modest English language skills helped make her career.
Girl from Ipanema in English
And the original Portuguese English combo
And Gal Costa, as well
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Published: Dec 22, 2015
Latest Revision: Jan 1, 2017
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