Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto

Infobox musical artist
Name = Astrud Gilberto

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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Astrud Weinert
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1940|03|29
Origin = Bahia, Brazil
Died =
Genre = Bossa nova, Latin Jazz, Brazilian jazz
Occupation = Singer, Actress
Years_active = 1963-
Label = Verve, Universal
Associated_acts = João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra

Astrud Gilberto (born March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian singer best known for her samba and bossa nova music, most famously as the vocalist on the Grammy Award winning song "The Girl from Ipanema".

Early life

Astrud Gilberto was born Astrud Weinert, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, and was raised in Rio de Janeiro. In 1959, she married João Gilberto, later emigrating to the United States in 1963.


She sang on the influential album "Getz/Gilberto" featuring João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. She had never performed professionally, and sang on the recordings at the suggestion of her husband, João Gilberto (they divorced in the mid-1960s).

Gilberto's recording of "The Girl from Ipanema" established her as a jazz and pop singer. In 1964, Gilberto appeared in the films "Get Yourself a College Girl" and "The Hanged Man". Her first solo album was "The Astrud Gilberto Album" (1964). Gilberto began as a singer of bossa nova and American jazz standards, but recorded her own compositions in the 1970s. Her repertoire includes "The Shadow of Your Smile", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Love Story", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Day By Day", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "Look To The Rainbow". She has recorded songs in Brazilian Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese.

In 1982, Astrud Gilberto's son Marcelo joined her group, and toured with her for more than a decade as her group's bassist. In addition to working as a bassist, he collaborated as co-producer of the albums "Live in New York" (1996) and "Temperance" (1997). Son Gregory Lasorsa played on the "Temperance" album, playing the guitar on her song "Beautiful You", which features singer Michael Franks.

Astrud Gilberto received the "Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement" in 1992, and was inducted to the "International Latin Music Hall of Fame" in 2002. Although not officially retired, Gilberto announced in 2002 that she was taking "indefinite time off" from public performances. She is also a fine artist, and an ardent advocate of animal rights. [cite web|title=Astrud Gilberto- Animals, They Need Our Help|url=|last=Gilberto|first=Astrud|accessdate=2006-04-06]


Gilberto's original recording of the song "Fly Me To The Moon" was edited as a "duet" using a recording of the same song by Frank Sinatra for the soundtrack of "Down with Love" (2003). Her song "Who Can I Turn To" was sampled by the Black Eyed Peas in the song "Like That" from the album Monkey Business. Her vocals on "Berimbau" were sampled by Cut Chemist in his song "The Garden".

Her recording of the song "Once I Loved" was featured in the 2007 film "Juno".

The "Astrud" track on Basia Trzetrzelewska's 1987 album "Time and Tide" is a tribute to Gilberto.



*"Getz Au-Go-Go" with Stan Getz (Verve, 1964)
*"The Astrud Gilberto Album" (Verve, 1965)
*"The Shadow of Your Smile" (Verve, 1965)
*"Look to the Rainbow" (Verve, 1966)
*"A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness" with Walter Wanderley (Verve, 1967)
*"Beach Samba" (Verve, 1967)
*"Windy" (Verve, 1968)
*"I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do" (Verve, 1969)
*"September 17, 1969" (Verve, 1969)
*"Gilberto Golden Japanese Album" (Verve, 1969)
*"Astrud Gilberto with Stanley Turrentine" (CTI Records, 1971)
*"Astrud Gilberto Now" (Perception, 1972)
*"That Girl from Ipanema" (Audio Fidelity, 1977)
*"The best of ASTRUD GILBERTO(Verve/Polydor Holland 1982)(Compilation album)
*"Astrud Gilberto Plus James Last Orchestra" (Polygram, 1987)
*"Live in New York" (Pony Canyon, 1996)
*" Temperance" (Pony Canyon, 1997)
*"Jungle" (Magya, 2002)
*"" (Compilation album) (Universal, 2006)


*"The Deadly Affair" (Verve, 1965)
*"Get Yourself a College Girl" (Song: "The Girl from Ipanema," 1964)
*"Heart Breakers" (Song: "Agua De Beber," 2001)
*"Catch Me If You Can" (Song: "Garota de Ipanema," 2002)
*"Down with Love" (Song: "Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)," 2003)

Other albums featuring Astrud Gilberto

*Stan Getz and João Gilberto - "Getz/Gilberto" (Verve, 1963)
*Shigeharu Mukai and Astrud Gilberto - "So & So - Mukai Meets Gilberto" (Denon, 1982)
*Michael Franks - "Passionfruit (album)" (Warner Bros., 1983)
*Étienne Daho - "Eden" (Virgin, 1996)
*George Michael - "" (Sony, 1998)


External links

* [ Official Website]
*en+fr [ History of BOSSA NOVA with audio and video samples] , by ABDB

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