Well “the girl” herself actually hit 68…

Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (thankfully she goes by Helo) was 17 back in the summer of ’62 when — just by walking back and forth to the beach — she unknowingly inspired the iconic bossa nova number.

Juliana Barbassa has a great AP story out that covers the interesting backstory of how “The Girl from Ipanema” came to introduce bossa nova music, and to some extent modern day Rio De Janeiro the world.

“The Girl from Ipanema” brought  bossa nova fever to America and the English speaking world in 1964 with the classic Astrud Gilberto/Stan Getz rendition.

A small taste of Barbassa’s AP piece regarding Ms. Gilberto…

As it turns out, she was perfect: exotic but accessible, sultry and innocent at once. Like the girl in the song, Astrud’s voice suggested a beauty that was enticing but just out of reach: “Each day, when she walks to the sea, she looks straight ahead not at me.”

Cool off this summer…

…take look & listen to the ultra cool old-schcool Gilberto/Getz performance below and then link through to Julliana’s AP article for the backstory. It’s a great summer read.

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