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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.

After singing on the album "Getz/Gilberto" with Stan Getz and her husband João, Astrud Gilberto was offered a contract with Verve, 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.

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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