“The Girl from Ipanema” singer Astrud Gilberto passed away on 5th June 2023 in her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her granddaughter Sofia Gilberto confirmed the news through her social media.
Sofia Gilberto, also a singer, paid tribute through an Instagram post. She wrote, “My grandma became a star today” Further, she added Astrud is resting with peace next to her grandfather, João Gilberto.
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The Astrud Gilberto cause of death is yet to be disclosed. She was 83 years old.
Lifelong Legacy of Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto’s beguiling, whispery voice approach to singing significantly popularised “The Girl from Ipanema,” receiving a Grammy Award and a Female Best Vocal Performance nomination. The masterpiece sold almost five million copies worldwide and certainly helped introduce bossa nova beyond Brazil. And most importantly, it made Astrud Gilberto a star when the song was released as a single in 1964 by Verve Records.
In 1965, she dropped her first solo album, ” The Astrud Gilberto Album.” By the 70s, she has begun recording her compositions. Further, she recorded songs in various languages English, French, Portuguese Spanish, and German.
Later, she released numerous albums The Shadow of Your Smile, Look to the Rainbow, I Haven’t Got Anything Better to Do, and Beach Samba, among others. Her last studio album before her death was Jungle, released in 2002.
For her great revolutionary contribution to the music industry, Astrud was awarded Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992. In 2002, she was honored with the International Latin Music Hall of Fame induction.
Top 10 Astrud Gilberto’s Greatest Hits
- Girk From Ipanema
- My Friend Flora
- Adeus America
- Canto De Ossanha
- Samba Do Soho
- Interview with Astrud Gilberto
Was Astrud Gilberto From Ipanema?
Astrud Gilberto, born on 29th March 1940 and was a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, the daughter of a Brazilian mother, Evangelina, and an immigrant German professor father, Fritz.
Thanks to her father, who taught Astrud various languages: Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, and English.
Married Life & Musical Journey
Growing up, Gilberto was part of a gang of youngsters involved with music, where she eventually met her future husband, Joao Gilberto, a singer and composer who actually invented the bossa nova. They were married and had a son, João Marcelo, who later joined her mother’s band.
Initially, Astrud sang at home with her husband. Later, they did a couple of college concerts with Joao with him as a special guest.
In 1963, her husband, Joao, asked her to join him on a trip to New York to help him as a studio translator to record his album, collaborating with Stan Getz, a jazz saxophonist. Fortunately, her fate took her to sing the song “Girl From Ipanema” rather than just working as a studio translator, which became a massive international hit.
After that, Astrud Gilberto and Joao Gilberto divorced with Joao’s extramarital affair with Brazilian singer Miucha. Though the marriage lasted only a few years, Astrud kept his name.
Later, Astrud was rumored to have an affair with her ex-husband’s musical collaborator, Stan Getz, when she toured with him. Reportedly, Getz was abusive to Astrud while on tours and underpaid her. Eventually, she contacted a lawyer, Allan Arrow, who helped her to terminate the tour contract.
Then after, she signed a long-term deal with Verve Records and also grabbed role in the movies: The Hanged Man (1964) and Get Yourself a College Girl (1964).
After that, she went solo in her musical career.
From the ‘Girl From Ipanema’ and the bossa nova explosion: Take a look at the History Behind Brazil’s Quiet Revolution 🎺 https://t.co/327mcz002S
— Astrud Gilberto (@astrudgilberto_) April 21, 2019
Where is Astrud Gilberto today?
The Brazilian bossa nova singer, Astrud Gilberto, passed away on 5th May 2023.
Did Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto have a relationship?
Stan Getz and Gilberto never dated nor got married.
Where did Astrud Gilberto die?
Astrud Gilberto died in her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home on 5th May 2023.
How old is Astrud Gilberto?
Astrud Gilberto was 82 years old when she died on 5th May 2023.
When was Astrud Gilberto born?
Astrub Gilberto’s date of birth was on 29 March 1940.
What genre is Astrud Gilberto?
Astrug Gilberto is a Brazilian Bossa Nova and Jazz.
Who originally wrote the girl from Ipanema?
Brazilian songwriter/singer and composer Antônio Carlos Jobim wrote and created “Girl From Ipanema.”
What happened to Astrud Gilberto?
Gilberto passed away on 5th May 2023 and her cause of death is not disclosed as of now.