The Girl From Ipanema
More than half a century after her bikini-clad body inspired a song about the Brazilian beach where she was a regular, the original "Girl From Ipanema" continues to stir curiosity.
Helo Pinheiro was a year-old fixture on the Rio beach "tall and tan and young and lovely" in , when she caught the eye of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, who along with poet Vinicius De Moraes would create the bossa nova classic. Now a year-old grandmother, Pinheiro returned to her former hangout to be a torchbearer who helped carry the flame for the Summer Games in Rio.
Fame is the principle thing," she said. It captures a particular time and place in a way that not many other songs have ever done.follow
Girl from Ipanema is sued over the song she inspired
I thought it was just a made up name which was designed to sound exotic and intriguing. Finding out that Ipanema is a real place in the south of Rio de Janeiro almost makes the song better.
Oh, but he watch her so sadly How can he tell her he loves her? Yes, he would give his heart gladly But each day when she walks to the sea She looks straight ahead not at he.
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However all is not lost. You might not be there in person, but Astrud Gilberto will take you there instantly in your mind as soon as she starts singing.
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