The legendary Brazilian singer helped bring Bossa Nova to the world
Astrud Gilberto, the Brazilian bossa nova singer best known for the song “The Girl from Ipanema,” has died at 83.
One of Brazil’s biggest stars of the 1960s and 70s, she recorded 16 albums–including several for Verve Records like 1966’s Look at the Rainbow and 1967’s Beach Samba–and worked with a number of artists ranging from Quincy Jones to George Michael to Stanley Turrentine to Michael Franks.
Her version of “The Girl From Ipanema” sold more than five million copies and helped bring the bossa nova to a wider, more global audience.
Astrud’s granddaughter, the artist Sofia Gilberto, shared the news of her death on Instagram.
“I’m here to bring you the sad news that my grandmother became a star today, and is next to my grandfather João Gilberto,” she wrote. “She was a pioneer and the best. At the age of 22, she gave voice to the English version of Girl from Ipanema and gained international fame.”
Guitarist and Gilberto collaborator Paul Ricci, shared the sad news on Facebook.
“I just got word from her son Marcelo that we have lost Astrud Gilberto,” he wrote. “He asked for this to be posted: ‘She was an important part of ALL that is Brazilian music in the world and she changed many lives with her energy.'”