Two for Tuesday: Astrud Gilberto

Amazing how Pandora thinks. I started it on “Swing Out Sister” last week and I’ve been getting a lot of bossa nova. One of the singers on heavy rotation on that channel is Astrud Gilberto. Raised in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, she sang on the influential album Getz/Gilberto with her husband João, saxophonist Stan Getz, and pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim, despite never having sung professionally before, and her recording of “The Girl From Ipanema” established her as a star of the genre. She split with João in the mid-1960’s and moved to the US with Getz, now her romantic and musical partner. She started writing and performing her own songs in the 1970’s, and has recorded songs in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese. Visit her website at

The first song today is “Dindi,” from her 1965 album The Astrud Gilberto Album.

Our second tune today is “Bim Bom,” which appeared on the album Verve Remixed 4, released in 2008. Jean-Pierre Cassel does the dancing here.

Astrud Gilberto, your Two for Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

5 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: Astrud Gilberto

  1. If “Girl from Ipanema” is all that she had ever done that would have been all I would have ever needed. I was probably about 12 when I first heard that song and her voice fueled many an adolescent daydream.

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    1. I’ve loved it since I first heard “The Girl From Ipanema.” I was just starting to get into music when I heard it. It was almost a perfect storm, because I first heard bossa nova and Vince Guaraldi (who played a lot of bossa nova) at about the same time. I liked rock because all my friends did, but I liked bossa nova because I liked it.


      1. Too many people get set on one kind of music and don’t open themselves up to all the other brilliant performers and pieces out there, You don’t have that problem… and I’ve been having a lot of fun making sure that my son doesn’t either (how many 8year old do you know who want to go to see concerts by local orchestras?).

        Thanks again for sharing, John. I’m playing the song for my son now.


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