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Astrud Gilberto

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"Astrud Gilberto" (born March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian singer best known for her samba and bossa nova music. She is best known as the vocalist on the Grammy Award winning song "The Girl from Ipanema".

Astrud Gilberto was born ''Astrud Weinert'' the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father in the state of Bahia, and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. Astrud married João Gilberto in 1959, and they emigrated to the United States in 1963, when she performed on the influential ''Getz/Gilberto'' album with João Gilberto, Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Astrud had never performed professionally before, and joined the recordings by insistence of João Gilberto. In the mid-1960s the couple divorced.

The success of Gilberto's vocal work on the song "The Girl from Ipanema" quickly established her as a jazz star. In 1964, Gilberto appeared in the motion pictures Get Yourself a College Girl and The Hanged Man. Her first solo album was "The Astrud Gilberto Album" (1964), which became a chart album and was nominated in the category "album of the year" for a NARAS Grammy award. Gilberto began as an interpreter of Brazilian bossa nova and Am...

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