Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, renowned for her captivating voice that propelled “The Girl from Ipanema” to worldwide fame in the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 83, as confirmed by her family. Astrud Gilberto’s granddaughter, Sofia Gilberto, shared the news on social media, stating that her grandmother had joined her grandfather Joao Gilberto, another influential figure in the bossa nova genre, who passed away in 2019.
Astrud Gilberto resided in Philadelphia, USA, where she had been living since the 1960s, and she was born in Salvador, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, in 1940. Despite having limited professional music experience, she left an indelible mark by recording 19 albums throughout her career. Notably, she achieved immense success with her rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema,” a timeless composition by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, collaborating with American saxophonist Stan Getz and her then-husband, who accompanied her on the guitar.
Astrud Gilberto, who passed away at the age of 83, achieved widespread recognition as the most prominent female singer in the bossa nova genre. Her unique, cool, and captivating interpretation of “The Girl from Ipanema” catapulted her to fame. The song, released as a single in 1964, sold over a million copies and introduced the sophisticated and relaxed Brazilian musical style to a vast and diverse audience in the United States and around the world.
Although Gilberto did not write the song and was not initially considered a central figure in the bossa nova movement, her success with that single transformed her career. Her rendition made her the epitome of effortless cool and elegance, propelling her to become the iconic voice and face of a new global pop music trend. It was a transformative moment that solidified her legacy in the music industry.