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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