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Astrud Gilberto is dead. The singer was 83 years old

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Astrud Gilberto, the Brazilian jazz singer best known as the performer of bossa nova “The Girl from Ipanema”, has died at the age of 83. She recorded, among others with João Gilberto, Stan Getz, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Chet Baker. In 2008, she received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Paul Ricci, collaborator of Astrud Gilberto, confirmed the death of the artist on social media. “She was an important part of ALL that is Brazilian music in the world, and with her energy, she changed the lives of many people,” he added.

Born in 1940 in the Brazilian state of Bahia and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Astrud Weinert married musician João Gilberto in 1959. In 1963, she accompanied him to New York, where he recorded with jazz artist Stan Getz and another Brazilian bossa nova star, Antônio Carlos Jobim. The producer wanted an English-language singer to help “The Girl from Ipanema” reach an American audience. Astrud, who had no previous experience in recording music, asked for help.

Big hit “The Girl from Ipanema”

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“The Girl from Ipanema” became a huge hit in 1964, reaching the Top 5 in USA and Top 30 in the UK. The track won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Astrud Gilberto was also nominated for Best Female Vocal. That same year, she and João divorced. Gilberto toured the United States with Stan Getz and his band. She later described the experience as “a very difficult time … being separated, coping with the responsibilities of a single mother and a demanding new career.”

The famous bossa nova “The Girl from Ipanema” was Astrud Gilberto’s biggest hit. The song returned to the charts in 1984, when bossa nova became fashionable again, incl. thanks to Everything But the Girl and Sade. Astrud Gilberto has also recorded with Chet Baker. She gave concerts until 2002. In 2008, she received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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