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"The Girl from Ipanema" ("Garota de Ipanema") is a well known bossa nova song, and was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s. It was written in 1962, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes with English lyrics written later by Norman Gimbel. It is sometimes sung by female artists as "The Boy from Ipanema." Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music created by Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto and first introduced in Brazil by Gilbertos recording of Chega de Saudade, in 1958, a song written by Antônio Carlos Jobim, first released as a single, and shortly thereafter as... A song is a relatively short musical composition for the human voice (commonly accompanied by other musical instruments), which features words (lyrics). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Antonio Carlos Jobim (born Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro – December 8, 1994 in New York City), also known as Tom Jobim, was a Brazilian composer, arranger, singer, pianist and one of the greatest legends of the bossa nova era. ... Vinicius de Moraes (October 19, 1913 - July 9, 1980), born Marcus Vinícius da Cruz de Melo Morais in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian music. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Norman Gimbel (born November 16, 1927) is an American song lyricist. ...

The first commercial recording was in 1962, by Pery Ribeiro. The version performed by Astrud Gilberto, along with João Gilberto and Stan Getz, from the 1963 album Getz/Gilberto, became an international hit. Numerous recordings have been used in movies, often as an elevator music cliché.[citation needed] Astrud Gilberto Astrud Gilberto (born March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian singer best known for her samba and bossa nova music. ... João Gilberto (born João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira on June 10, 1931 in the town of Juazeiro, Bahia) is a Brazilian musician and considered one of the co-creators, with Tom Jobim, of bossa nova. ... Stan Getz Stanley Getz, better known as Stan Getz (February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991) was an American jazz musician. ... Getz/Gilberto, is an album by Stan Getz and João Gilberto, featuring [[Antonio Carlos Jobim], released in 1964. ... Elevator music, also known as piped music or Muzak, refers to the gentle, bland instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), cruise ships and elevators. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.[citation needed] The Great Hall interior. ... The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings which are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States. ...



Heloísa Pinheiro
Heloísa Pinheiro

Popular myth has is that the song was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (now Helô Pinheiro), an 18 year old girl who lived on Montenegro street in the fashionable Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro. Every day, she would stroll past the popular "Veloso" bar-cafe on the way to the beach, attracting the attention of regulars Jobim and Moraes. Image File history File linksMetadata Helo_Pinheiro. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Helo_Pinheiro. ... Helôísa Pinheiro Heloísa Pinheiro (née Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, now known as Helô Pinheiro, born 1945) was the real-life Girl from Ipanema, a carioca whose strolls through the fashionable Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil inspired the song Girl from Ipanema (originally titled... Heloísa Pinheiro (b. ... The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ... Location of Rio de Janeiro Coordinates: Country Brazil Region Southeast State Rio de Janeiro  - Mayor Cesar Maia (PFL) Area    - City 1,260 km² Population (2005)[1][2]  - City 5,613,000  - Density 4,781/km²  - Metro 11,620,000 Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3) Website: www. ...

The song in fact was originally composed for a musical comedy entitled Dirigível (Blimp), which was a work in progress of Vinícius de Moraes. The original title was "Menina que Passa" ("The Girl Who Passes by"), and the famous first verse was completely different. Jobim composed the melody meticulously on the piano at his new home in Rua Barão da Torre, in Ipanema. Vinícius, in turn, had written the lyrics in Petrópolis, near Rio, as he had done with "Chega de Saudade" six years earlier, and it took him just as much work.

The true part of the myth is that the composers did in fact know Helô Pinto and later connected the song's creation with her. They saw her pass by as they sat in the Veloso bar, during the winter of 1962— not just once, but several times, and not always on her way to the beach but also on her way to school, to the dressmaker, and even to the dentist. Mostly because she was 5 feet, 8 inches tall (173 cm), with green eyes and long, flowing black hair, lived in Rua Montenegro and was already the object of much admiration among patrons of the Veloso, where she would frequently stop to buy cigarettes for her mother—and leave to a cacophony of wolf-whistles.[1] She has been famous for this connection ever since the song became popular.

In Revelação: a verdadeira Garota de Ipanema (Revealed: The Real Girl from Ipanema) Moraes wrote that she was:

"o paradigma do bruto carioca; a moça dourada, misto de flor e sereia, cheia de luz e de graça mas cuja a visão é também triste, pois carrega consigo, a caminho do mar, o sentimento da beleza que passa, da beleza que não é só nossa — é um dom da vida em seu lindo e melancólico fluir e refluir constante."

which roughly translates to:

'"the exemplar of the raw Carioca: a golden-tanned girl, a mixture of flower and mermaid, full of brightness and grace, the sight of whom is also sad, in that she carries with her, on her route to the sea, the feeling of beauty that fades, of the beauty that is not ours alone — it is a gift of life in its constant, beautiful and melancholic ebb and flow."

Today, "Montenegro Street" is called "Vinicius de Moraes Street", and the "Veloso Bar" is named "A Garota de Ipanema". There is also a "Garota de Ipanema" Park in the nearby Arpoador neighborhood. Arpoador Park map, Rio de Janeiro Brazil The Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Copacabana and Arpoador Promontories was created by Municipal Law to protect its rocky coast and native plant life species. ...

Recent controversy over the copyright

In 2005, the owners of the copyright, who inherited it from their fathers, the composers, sued Ms. Pinheiro for a kind of copyright violation over her using her status as the girl from Ipanema ("Garota de Ipanema") created partially by the composers to promote her boutique, calling it by the same name.[citation needed] It created a storm of protest among locals living in and around Ipanema where she and her history is known and where she is a part of society. They considered her to be an owner of the name as a personal moniker by virtue of her being established as the holder of that name over a long period of time, and partially because of the intentions of the composers, themselves. If this suit had taken place in the USA, no copyright violation would have been in question, because titles are considered public domain (as far as US copyright law goes). The outcome of the court case is unknown as of this time.

Artists who have performed "The Girl from Ipanema"

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Other media

A Brazilian musical film, "Garota de Ipanema", inspired by the song, was released in 1967.

In The Sims (original) computer game, music labeled "Latin" feature songs strikingly similar to that of "The Girl from Ipanema", each with the similar elevator sounding tunes, without voice singing.[citation needed] For games beginning with Sim, see List of Sim games. ...


  • In 2003 MasterCard released a commercial with an unknown female vocalist singing an English version of "The Girl from Ipanema".[citation needed]
  • The B-52's have a song called "The Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland" on their 1986 album Bouncing off the Satellites.[citation needed]
  • Director John Landis has, on more than one occasion, used an instrumental version of the song in his films (e.g. in the elevator during the climax of The Blues Brothers)[citation needed]
  • There is a resturaunt in Washington D.C. known as "The Grill from Ipanema."[citation needed]
  • In the film Club Paradise, the 'two Barrys' play the game Geography (where one person names a country, and the next names a country starting with the last letter of the previous country), and one of them uses 'Ipanema' as his country (the other Barry then mentions the song, pointing out that Ipanema is not a proper name).[2]

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"The Girl from Ipanema" ("Garota de Ipanema") is a well known bossa nova song, and was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s.
In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
The B-52's have a song called "The Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland" on their 1986 album Bouncing off the Satellites.
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I never thought of “The Girl From Ipanema” as a guerilla fighter, but that was my particular limitation, for I had unconsciously bought into Bossa Nova as a genre onto itself rather than as a stylistic take on samba.
Legend has it that there actually was ‘a girl from Ipanema.’ Supposedly, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes used to meet at a seaside bar in Ipanema to discuss music and poetry—there they would often see a beautiful young girl named Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto walking by on her way to the beach.
When I was in Brazil, “The Girl From Ipanema” was featured in a nude spread with her daughter.
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