Classics: Getz / Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema (Verve)
A native of Salvador de Bahia, Astrud Giberto wrote her name in capital letters in the history of Brazilian music. This when coming to record ‘The Girl From Ipanema’. Itself an English version of the Antônio Carlos Jobim 1962 composed ‘Garota de Ipanema’. With lyrics in Portuguese courtesy of Vinicius de Moraes.
As a matter of fact, ‘The Girl From Ipenama’ took its inspiration from Helô Pinheiro. A teenage girl who, by the age of 15, would stroll past the popular Veloso bar-café every day from her home located in the Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro. Most likely stoppin’ there to buy cigs for her mom. Then leaving to the sound of wolf whistles. This being how the composers of the song remarked her. Eventually becoming herself a celebrity when the song became popular.
From the 1964 Getz/Gilberto album, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ not only featured João Gilberto (Astrud‘s future husband) on guitar. But also Stan Getz on saxophone. This in addition to Creed Taylor in charge of the production.
Unsurprisingly, it turned up to be the Record Of The Year in 1965. With the album winning various Grammy Awards that same year.
Besides, those of you on their way to Rio de Janeiro might see the lyrics of this song. This on a commemorative plaque on the wall above the Garota de Ipanema bar. Itself located on Rua Prudente de Moraes…
‘The Girl From Ipanema’… All in all, here we have like a timeless postcard representing the beauty of Brazil, its language and its music.
Sadly enough, the song’s copyright owners showed us the dark side of the postcard back in 2001. This when sueing Pinheiro for using the title of the song as the name of her boutique. Thus stating that her status as the inspiration for the song did not entitle her to use the title of the song commercially.
Public support went in favor of Pinheiro. And so ruled the Court at the end.