The Girl from Ipanema

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Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto sang the song

"Garota de Ipanema" ("The Girl from Ipanema") is a Brazilian bossa nova and jazz song. It was very popular in the mid-1960s and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. It was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel.[1] It was first sung by Astrud Gilberto.

Background[change | change source]

The song is about 17 year old Heloísa Pinheiro. Songwriters Jobim and de Moraes saw her walking to the beach in Ipanema, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.[2]

In the US, the single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and went to number one for two weeks on the Easy Listening chart.[3]

Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald recorded covers of the song.[4]

Legal issues[change | change source]

The song is about then-17-year-old girl Heloísa Pinheiro

In 2001, the song's copyright owners sued Pinheiro for using the title of the song as the name of her boutique (Garota de Ipanema). In their complaint, they said that her status as The Girl from Ipanema did not give her the right to use the name that legally belonged to them.[5][6] The court ruled in favor of Pinheiro.[7]

Popularity[change | change source]

It is believed to be the second-most recorded pop song in history, after "Yesterday" by The Beatles.[8]

In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.[9]

2016 Olympics[change | change source]

The song became popular during the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics which were held in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympic and Paralympic mascots were named Vinicius and Tom after the song's co-writers by a public vote.[10] The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics was themed around the song and the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer.[11][12] Spotify said that the song had been streamed 40,000 times per day in the days after the ceremony.[13][14]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Girl From Ipanema". OldieLyrics. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  2. Chris McGowan; Ricardo Pessanha (1998). The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil. p. 69. ISBN 9781566395458.
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 102.
  4. Chinen, Nate (April 7, 2017). "Revisiting A Masterpiece: When Frank Sinatra Collaborated With Antonio Carlos Jobim". Jazz Night in America. WBGO/NPR. Archived from the original on 16 October 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  5. Rohter, Larry (11 August 2001). "Ipanema Journal; Still Tall and Tan, a Muse Fights for a Title". The New York Times.
  6. Aith, Marcio (13 August 2001). "Herdeiros de Ipanema querem destruir a poesia" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Archived from the original on 18 November 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  7. "The Girl From Ipanema". Stan-Shepkowski.Net. Archived from the original on 2007-05-16.
  8. Thomas Vinciguerra (2 July 2012). "The Elusive Girl From Ipanema". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 7 April 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  9. "The National Recording Registry 2004". Library of Congress. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  10. "Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots named Vinicius and Tom by public vote". Rio 2016. 14 December 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  11. Heldman, Breanne L. "Gisele Bündchen dazzles at the Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  12. "Gisele Bündchen to Walk the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony". 18 July 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  13. "'Girl From Ipanema' Makes Olympic Comeback". Billboard. 17 August 2016. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  14. "'Ipanema' song jumps 1,200 percent after Olympics ceremony". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.