Older: Astrud Gilberto's Birthday


Published: 03/29/2017

by Scott Adams


Program #1296 - 'Astrud Gilberto's Birthday!'

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My Producer's Notes

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Remember 'Seven Degrees of Separation'? It's said that we are only seven people away from anyone in the world we'd like to meet. Recently, a new study concluded that, with the advent of social networking, the real number is only three individuals.

That thought crossed my mind as I was writing these show prep notes for The Sounds of Brazil as we 'Celebrate Astrud Gilberto'.

Astrud Gilberto is an enigma. As a result of the evergreen popularity of 'The Girl From Ipanema' she remains one of the most recognized voices in the world as a 60's cultural icon. But this Brazilian singer has managed to achieve something very rare in our completely connected age: she leads a very private life.

Her "slightly off-key" voice and innocent style charmed generations of Bossa Nova fans here in the US and beyond and this week, we'll musically mark her 76th birthday.

Astrud's rise to fame began with her marriage to João Gilberto in Rio de Janeiro, where she was part of one of the cliques that orbited around the birth of Bossa Nova in the late 50's. It was a happenstance coincidence that found her in a New York recording studio with her husband, Antonio Carlos Jobim and saxophonist Stan Getz in 1963.

Reportedly looking to balance the male/Portuguese lyrics on Jobim's new song "The Girl From Ipanema," someone in that recording studio invited her to sing in English. The song and album became top sellers and not long afterwards, Astrud jumped at Getz's invitation to tour the US with his band, leaving her husband (she would record again with João only one more time) and Brazil behind forever.

A star was born.

The following year saw her appear in two films with cameo appearances in Sidney Miller's "Get Yourself a College Girl (aka The Swinging Set)" featuring Nancy Sinatra, the Animals the Dave Clark Five and Getz), plus a tele-movie titled "The Hanged Man." Her recording career blossomed and she became the personification of Bossa Nova in the US, as much "the girl from Ipanema" as ever existed for Americans from coast to coast. Careful tutoring and production guidance crafted each of her albums during the '60's, but the dawn of the 70's saw a change in musical style that didn't gel with the singer.

The 80's brought only a few recordings (notably her co-titled CD with trombonist Shigeharu Mukai on "So & So - Mukai Meets Gilberto" in 1982 and a guest appearance as a backup vocalist for Michael Franks' "Passionfruit" CD in 1983), but one of them provided a definitive moment, and a high point for her career: The "Plus" CD with the James Last Orchestra immediately propelled her back to the top ranks of Brazilian performers in 1987, and the production quality, arrangements and song selections (including a few penned by Astrud herself) were all five-star quality. A new level was set and expectations were high.

She recorded a duet with George Michael in 1996 and her self-produced 'Jungle' came along in 2002 when she announced that she was taking "indefinite time off" from public performances.

When it comes to appreciating Astrud Gilberto as someone wanting to live a quiet life away from the attention of past fame, those quotes are instructive: She rarely - if ever - grants interviews, preferring to devote her attention to her personal pastimes: painting, and animal rights. Yes, it's disappointing for her fans, who would love to reunite with her in some manner but perhaps we're just seeing the comet-tail of her wisdom.

For those we admire who have found fame in front of the camera or behind the microphone, the decision on how they want to be remembered comes soon enough. For some (such as the Groaning Bones, er... Rolling Stones) the answer is always one more world tour.

But for Astrud Gilberto, perhaps it's better to separate the icon from the individual, to enjoy all the songs and memories that she's given to us over the years.

And that's the beauty of this week's edition of The Sounds of Brazil, kind of like browsing through a photo album to remember how much fun it all was back then.  Nothing wrong with that... I'm even thinking about renaming this week's show:

Astrud in Amber?


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'The Astrud Gilberto Birthday Show' 

Hour 1: 

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Better Days Ahead<>Pat Metheny/Letter From Home

You Moved Me<>Ivan Lins & Brenda Russell/Love Dance 

Aguas De Marco<>Boney James/Shine     

Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge

The Girl From Ipanema<>Stan Getz/Getz-Gilberto

Broadcast Debut

As Gotas<>Rosalia de Souza/Garota Moderna


Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

It Might As Well (Be Spring)<>Astrud Gilberto/Getz Au Go-Go

Border Line<>Deodato/The Crossing

Introduce Next Song

Virou Ariea<>Batacoto/Batacoto

Who Needs Forever?<>Astrud Gilberto w/Thievery Corp.                             

Timeless<>India.Arie. with Sergio Mendes/Timeless


Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Astrud<>Basia/Time And Tide

Tristeza De Nos Dois<>Luiz Eca/Bossa Nova-Sua Historia


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Hour 2: 

Set 1:

My Nichole<>Indigo City/Samba Electrique

Amor e Som<>Astrud Gilberto/Plus

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Summer Samba (So Nice)<>Astrud Gilberto/Silver Collection

Flying To Bahia<>Caibedo Island/Caibedo Tale

Voce<>Emilio Santiago/Perdido de Amor

Special Announcement

Green Eyes<>Marcos Ariel/My Only Passion 


Set 2:


Set 2: Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Zizi Possi

É Chiove<>Zizi Possi/Per Amore

Capim<>Zizi Possi/Bossa

Introduce Next Set                                                                           

Amazon River<>Nino Tempo/Nino

Que Nem Maré<>Jorge Vercilo/Perfil

Barcellona<>Toquinho/Storie Di Una Stori Sola


Set 3:

Brazilian Tapestry<>Astrud Gilberto/Gilberto with Turrentine

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Next week, we'll officially kick off The Sounds of Brazil's 25th Anniversary with a recreation of our very first weekly show, which aired 25 years ago - on April 5th 1992. So now you can look forward to looking back at our broadcast debut!

I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please - tell a few friends about us on 90.9 FM WDCB every Sunday at 2 pm Central.  It's always great to share the music.


Always a pleasure,

Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!


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