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The honey-toned chanteuse on the surprise Brazilian crossover hit "The Girl From Ipanema," Astrud Gilberto parlayed her previously unscheduled appearance (and professional singing debut) on the song into a lengthy career that resulted in nearly a dozen albums for Verve and a successful performing career that lasted into the '90s. Though her appearance at the studio to record "The Girl From Ipanema" was due only to her husband João, one of the most famed Brazilian artists of the century, Gilberto's singular, quavery tone and undisguised naïveté propelled the song into the charts and influenced a variety of sources in worldwide pop music. Born in Bahia, Gilberto moved to Rio de Janeiro at an early age. She'd had no professional musical experience of any kind until 1963, the year of her visit to New York with her husband, João Gilberto, in a recording session headed by Stan Getz. Getz had already recorded several albums influenced by Brazilian rhythms, and Verve teamed him with the cream of Brazilian music, Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto, for his next album. Producer Creed Taylor wanted a few English vocals for maximum crossover potential, and as it turned out, Astrud was the only Brazilian present with any grasp of the language. After her husband laid down his Portuguese vocals for the first verse of his and Jobim's composition, "The Girl From Ipanema," Astrud provided a hesitant, heavily accented second verse in English. Not even credited on the resulting LP, Getz/Gilberto, Astrud finally gained fame over a year later, when "The Girl From Ipanema" became a number five hit in mid-1964. The album became the best-selling jazz album up to that point, and made Gilberto a star across America. Before the end of the year, Verve capitalized on the smash with the release of Getz Au Go Go, featuring a Getz live date with Gilberto's vocals added later. Her first actual solo album, The Astrud Gilberto Album, was released in May 1965. Though it barely missed the Top 40, the LP's blend of Brazilian classics and ballad standards proving quite infectious with easy listening audiences. Though she never returned to the pop charts in America, Verve proved to be quite understanding for Astrud Gilberto's career, pairing her with ace arranger Gil Evans for 1966's Look to the Rainbow and Brazilian organist/arranger Walter Wanderley for the dreamy A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness, released later that year. She remained a huge pop star in Brazil for the rest of the 1960s and '70s, but gradually disappeared in America after her final album for Verve in 1969. In 1971, she released a lone album for CTI (with Stanley Turrentine) but was mostly forgotten in the U.S. until 1984, when "Girl From Ipanema" recharted in Britain on the tails of a neo-bossa craze. Gilberto gained worldwide distribution for 1987's Astrud Gilberto Plus the James Last Orchestra and 2002's Jungle. ~ John Bush
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Albums by
Astrud Gilberto

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    24 songs

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    The Girl From Ipanema

    11 songs

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    Portuguese Washerwoman

    10 songs

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    The Definitive Astrud Gilberto

    20 songs

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    Astrud Gilberto Songs

    10 songs

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    Love For Sale

    28 songs

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    A Felicidade

    11 songs

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    A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness

    12 songs

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    Look to the Rainbow

    11 songs

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    September 17, 1969

    13 songs

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    Gilberto with Stanley Turrentine [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    The Shadow of Your Smile

    11 songs

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    Windy

    11 songs

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    The Astrud Gilberto Album

    13 songs

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    A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness [Bonus Tracks]

    20 songs

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    Beach Samba

    10 songs

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    Gilberto with Turrentine

    8 songs

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    Astrud Gilberto the Bossa Nova Queen

    9 songs

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    The Brilliant Astrud Gilberto

    8 songs

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    So & So: Mukai Meets Gilberto

    10 songs

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    I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do

    36 songs

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    Gold

    6 songs

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    To Go: Stick It in Your Ear

    12 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Astrud Gilberto

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    Astrud for Lovers

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Top Songs by
Astrud Gilberto

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  2.   Agua de Beber
  3.   The Gentle Rain
  4.   The Girl from Ipanema
  5.   Brazilian Tapestry
  6.   Dindi
  7.   Who Needs Forever?
  8.   Call Me by Walter Wanderley
  9.   So Nice (Summer Samba)
  10.   The Shadow of Your Smile
  11.   Stay
  12.   Once I Loved
  13.   Take It Easy, My Brother Charlie
  14.   Ponteio
  15.   Bim Bom
  16.   Here's That Rainy Day
  17.   All That's Left Is to Say Goodbye
  18.   How Insensitive
  19.   Trains and Boats and Planes
  20.   Non-Stop to Brazil
  21.   Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza) by Walter Wanderley
  22.   Fly Me to the Moon
  23.   A Certain Smile by Walter Wanderley
  24.   On My Mind
  25.   O Ganso
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Astrud Gilberto

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    World Music: Brazil

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    Martini Lounge

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    Tropicalia

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    Hotel Poolside

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    Covered: The Beatles

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    Cocktail Madness

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    Modern Jazz

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    Adult Chill

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    Metropolitan Mood

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    Late Night Jazz

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    Jazz


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