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The Girl From Ipanema: Astrud Gilberto

We pay tribute to Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, who helped popularize bossa nova music worldwide in the 1960s.

Astrud Gilberto Album

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After singing on the album "Getz/Gilberto" with Stan Getz and her husband João, Astrud Gilberto was offered a contract with the Verve label, where she recorded a number of jazz and easy listening albums.

On this show, we pay tribute to the “Girl from Ipanema” herself, Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto. Gilberto had the unlikeliest of careers, going from an unknown (really, not even a professional singer) to a superstar nearly overnight in 1964, with her crossover hit, and later Grammy award-winning single, “The Girl from Ipanema.”

We’ll feature her initial recording with Stan Getz and her husband at the time, João Gilberto, on the album Getz/Gilberto. Plus, we’ll hear some of her other sides she recorded for the Verve label in the 1960s.

We’ll also feature some other bossa nova songs written by songwriter Antônio Carlos Jobim, including recordings from his 1967 duet with Frank Sinatra, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim, as well as recordings by Ella Fitzgerald and Brazilian singer Elis Regina.

Music Heard On This Episode

Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) (Jobim/Lees)
Stan Getz and João Gilberto (featuring Astrud Gilberto) — Getz/Gilberto (Polygram, 1997)
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Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) (Jobim/Lees)
Stan Getz and João Gilberto (featuring Astrud Gilberto) — Getz/Gilberto (Polygram, 1997)
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The Girl from Ipanema (Jobim/Moraes/Gimbel)
Stan Getz and João Gilberto (featuring Astrud Gilberto) — Getz/Gilberto (Polygram, 1997)
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One-Note Samba (Jobim/Mendonça)
The New Stan Getz Quartet featuring Astrud Gilberto — Getz Au Go-Go (Verve, 2007)
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Agua de Beber (Jobim/Moraes)
Astrud Gilberto (featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim) — The Astrud Gilberto Album (Verve, 1990)
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Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune) (Jobim/Menonça)
Ella Fitzgerald — The Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook (Polygram, 1995)
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How Insensitive (Insensatez) (Jobim/Moraes)
Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim — Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings (Concord, 2010)
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Once I Loved (O Amor En Paz) (Jobim/Moraes)
Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim — Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings (Concord, 2010)
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Dindi (Gilberto/Jobim/Oliveira)
Astrud Gilberto — The Astrud Gilberto Album (Verve, 1990)
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Samba de Uma Nota So (One Note Samba) (Jobim/Mendonça)
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd — The Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook (Polygram, 1995)

Notes: Production Support Music

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O Pato (The Duck) [Excerpt]
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd — Compact Jazz: Stan Getz (Polygram, 1998)

Notes: Midpoint Music Bed

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Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)
Astrud Gilberto — The Shadow of Your Smile (UMVD, 2002)
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Once Upon a Summertime (Mercer/Legrand/Barclay/Marnay)
Astrud Gilberto — Look to the Rainbow (Verve, 2008)
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Berimbau (Gilbert/Powell)
Astrud Gilberto — Look to the Rainbow (Verve, 2008)
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Wave (Jobim)
Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans — Wave: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook (Polygram, 1996)
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Aguas de Março (Waters of March)
Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina — The Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook (Polygram, 1995)
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A Felicidade (Jobim)
Astrud Gilberto — Look for the Rainbow (Verve, 2008)
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Eu A Voce (Jobim/Mendonça)
The New Stan Getz Quartet featuring Astrud Gilberto — Getz Au Go-Go (Verve, 2007)
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Corcovado (Quiet Nights) (Jobim/Lees)
Stan Getz — Compact Jazz: Stan Getz (Polygram, 1998)

Notes: Fadeout music

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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