Astrud Gilberto, ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ singer, dies at 83

Astrud Gilberto, the singer famous for ~~”The Girl from Ipanema,”~~ has passed away at the age of 83.

The backstory: Gilberto helped make the song a global sensation with her breathy vocals, and her death was confirmed by her son, bassist Marcelo Gilberto.
* She was married to famed Brazilian musician and singer João Gilberto, and volunteered to add English-language vocals to the song during a recording session with Stan Getz.

Career highlights: Despite not being credited and only making $120 for the session, Gilberto had an illustrious career, recording and performing with artists like Quincy Jones and Chet Baker.
* In 2008, the Latin Recording Academy honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Impact of her work: “The Girl from Ipanema” went on to become one of the most recorded songs in history, and the album Getz/Gilberto won four Grammys.

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