This is the mother of all Bossa Nova songs, the one that started the craze back in the 1960s. Written in 1962 by the incomparable Antonio Jobim from Rio De Janeiro, it is based on a real experience he had sitting in an outdoor cafe' every day and seeing this beautiful young woman walk by on her way to the beach. And the Girl from Ipanema has been identified. She is Helo Pinheiro, and she is still beautiful today at age 71.
The Girl from Ipanema has become one of the most recorded songs in music history. It has always been a favorite of mine, and here, I sing it in both English (The Girl from Ipanema) and in Portuguese (Garota de Ipanema). Paul Popa does some classy improvising on guitar here, and my thanks to him.