Song of the Day: Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans, "Wave"

Another Jobim tune, "Wave" was the title track from his 1967 album (the one with the giraffe on the cover). Later that year, he wrote the English lyrics for it, and Frank Sinatra sang it for their 1969 joint project. It’s been recorded as both an instrumental and sung many times since, and is considered a jazz standard.

Elis Regina was considered by many to be the greatest female Brazilian singer of all time. She might still be active had she not died of an accidental overdose (cocaine, alcohol, and temazepam) in 1982 at the age of 36. She performs the song with jazz harmonica great Jean "Toots" Thielemans. I’d date this from the early to mid 1970’s.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans, "Wave"

      1. That is the most famous one over here. It’s used in many tv productions, detective series and so on. He lives on in our hearts and in the love for his music. Thank you for bringing Bluesette back into my memories 🙂

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