Garota de Ipanema Restaurant, Rio DSC_04249

English translation : The Girl from Ipanema.- is a Brazilian bossa nota jazz song. It was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965.  It was written in 1962, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel.

It is believed to be the second most recorded pop song in history, after “Yesterday” by The Beatles.  The song was inspired by a seventeen-year-old girl living in Ipanema.  Daily, she would stroll past the bar-café, not just to the beach (“each day when she walks to the sea”), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles. In the winter of 1962, the composers saw the girl pass by the bar. Since the song became popular, she has become a celebrity.

Garota de Ipanema Restaurant, Rio - DSC04249

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