Monday, 16 July 2012
Amy Winehouse, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr, Mike Tyson. All of these artists - and non-artists - are members of a big club. They're among many who've crooned the second-most recorded pop song ever. That song is 'The Girl From Ipanema.' (The first is The Beatles' 'Yesterday').
The song was born five decades ago in Brazil when Antonio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes were stalled on a number for a musical called Blimp. They needed some sort of inspiration, so they went down to a bar in the Ipanema district of Rio.
And according to myth, a lovely young woman passed by and inspired them to write a whole new song on cocktail napkins. The song was performed by Astrud Gilberto (born Astrud Weinert), accompanied by Stan Getz on saxophone. She had never sung professionally before.
(via Look At This...)