Contrary to popular belief, Astrud Gilberto is not “The Girl from Ipanema.” She’s actually from Bahia, although she did grow up in Rio de Janeiro. Initially, she did not set out to become a famous singer and the song that made her famous was recorded as an afterthought during the sessions for 1964’s Getz/Gilberto (Verve). Her gentle, whispered, extremely sexy vocals were perfect for the bossa nova and she soon became one of bossa’s great stylists. She retired from touring in 2001 to concentrate on her painting, but continued recording and writing songs.
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