Written by Vinicius de Moraes and set to music by Tom Jobim in 1962, The Girl from Ipanema took shape in the Veloso Bar of the Ipanema Beach and was inspired by the Brazilian girl Helô Pinheiro, who walked every evening in front of the bar. This is definitely one of the best known Brazilian songs worldwide and has been reinterpreted many times and adapted to different genres throughout history, from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse.
Pery Ribeiro – Garota de Ipanema (1963)
After being played by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim in a small bar in Rio de Janeiro, Pery Ribeiro was the first to record it for commercial release in 1963.
Astrud Gilberto & San Getz – The Girl from Ipanema (1964)
Recorded in New York and positioning among the top songs of that year, bossa nova version gave them the Grammy in 1965 for best song and shot to fame the Brazilian Astrud Gilberto, wife of American saxophonist João Gilberto, and who after a long promotional tour enter into a relationship with Stan Getz. In 1977 goes disco version of this song, also performed by Astrud Gilberto, but this time was produced by Vincent Montana Jr., which you can listen HERE.
Frank Sinatra – The girl from Ipanema (1967)
Dressed by the stunning and stylish voice of Frank Sinatra, this version was re-recorded with the same Tom Jobim on an album of bossa nova in which they worked together, and it’s definitely become one of the best performances of the Garota de Ipanema.
Jarabe de Palo – Garota de Ipanema (2008)
Pau Dones gives voice to this version in Spanish impregnating with the peculiar style of Jarabe de Palo, making a harmonious fusion of flamenco and bossa nova. Not much to say about it, apart from being one of the most enjoyable reinterpretations of Brazilian classic.
Amy Winehouse – The girl from Ipanema (2011)
This cover is part of the posthumous compilation Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which is made up of nine years of recordings by the English sensation died in 2011. Compared with other covers presented in this production, as Valerie of the Zutons or Our Day Will Come made famous by Ruby & the Romantics, this is not the best performance, however it is still interesting to see the extent of the historical legacy of this song.