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João Gilberto, the Father of Bossa Nova Dies at 88

João Gilberto

Brazilian singer and vocalist João Gilberto died on Saturday, July 6th, 2019. Gilberto was one of the creators of bossa nova, a new musical genre that fused samba and jazz.

One of his biggest international hits was Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema), released in 1963 and covered numerous times by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Kenny G, Amy Winehouse, etc.

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner João Gilberto was a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist,” said
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy in a joint statement. “An architect of bossa nova music in his native Brazil, João’s innovative style and master musicianship helped turn the genre into a worldwide phenomenon. Maintaining an impressive career spanning several decades, he earned six GRAMMY nominations between 1964-2000, and, along with his musical partner Stan Getz, he took home the coveted Album Of The Year award for 1964’s breakthrough album Getz/Gilberto. That milestone recording and his classic “Chega De Saudade” have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. João will be missed, but his legacy will live on forever. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and creative collaborators during this difficult time.”

For more information and discography visit João Gilberto’s Artist Profile.


Artist Profiles: Joao Gilberto

João Gilberto

Legendary Brazilian singer, guitarist and composer João Gilberto is the artist who revolutionized Brazilian popular music in the 1950s by creating the bossa nova sound.

João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, better known as João Gilberto, was born June 10, 1931 in Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil.

Joa Gilberto was the creator of bossa nova, together with Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. His iconic song “The Girl from Ipanema” became an international sensation.

Gilberto has been idolized by music enthusiasts and musicians alike for his unique contributions to global music, and his influence continues to reach a wide array of artists-from Brazilian stars Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to pop performers such as Beck and David Byrne.

Gilberto invited Caetano Veloso, his most accomplished and faithful follower, to sit at the production helm for João Voz e Violão. Veloso, a Brazilian music legend in his own right, helped Gilberto create a jewel of an album, one that easily takes its place alongside the most classic of Gilberto’s recordings.

Joao voz e violao includes favorite standards along with compositions by the newer generation of performers Gilberto inspired, although the initial idea for this project was to re-record songs featured on Gilberto’s first three albums. Released between 1958 and 1961, they are long out of print.

Veloso suggested recording some new songs, and Gilberto agreed. The final track listing included only two songs from Gilberto’s first albums: “Desafinado” (by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton MendonCa) and “Chega de Saudade” (by Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes)-the latter being the song that launched bossa nova. Gilberto added “Nao Vou Pra Casa” (written by Antonio Almeida and Roberto Roberti in 1941) and “Segredo” (written by Herivelto Martins and Marino Pinto in 1947).

João Gilberto

Rounding out the João Voz e Violão’s repertoire are the Veloso-penned tracks “Desde que o Samba t Samba” and “CoraCao Vagabundo” Gil’s “Eu Vim da Bahia” jobim’s “Voce Vai Ver” Emesto Lecuona’s “Eclipse” and Bororo’s “Da Cor do Pecado,” a samba which Gilberto has been singing in concert for years.

João Gilberto died on July 6th, 2019.


Quando Você Recordar/Amar é Bom (1951)
Anjo Crue/Sem Ela (1951)
Quando Ela Sai/Meia Luz (1952)
Chega de Saudade/Bim Bom (1958)
Desafinado/Hô-bá-lá-lá (1958)
Chega de Saudade (1959)
O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor (1960)
João Gilberto (1961)
João Gilberto Cantando as Musicás do Filme Orfeo do Carnaval (1962)
Boss of Bossa Nova (1962)
Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall (1962)
The Warm World of João Gilberto (1963)
Getz/Gilberto with Stan Getz (1964)
Herbie Mann & João Gilberto with Antônio Carlos Jobim (1965)
Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2 with Stan Getz (1966)
João Gilberto en Mexico (1970)
João Gilberto (1973)
The Best of Two Worlds with Stan Getz (1976)
Getz/Gilberto ’76 with Stan Getz (released in 2016)
Amoroso (1976)
Gilberto and Jobim (1977)
João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira (1980)
Brasil, with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethânia (1981)
Interpreta Tom Jobim (1985)
Meditação (1985)
Live in Montreux (Nonesuch, 1986)
O Mito (1988)
Stan Getz meets João & Astrud Gilberto (1990)
The Legendary Joao Gilberto: The Original Bossa Nova Recordings, 1958-1961 (World Pacific, 1990)
João (1991)
Eu Sei que Vou Te Amar (1994)
João Voz e Violão (Verve, 2000)
Live at Umbria Jazz (Egea, 2002)
In Tokyo (2004)
For Tokyo – released only in Japan (Universal Japan, 2007)
Um encontro no Au bon gourmet, recorded live at in Copacabana in 1962 (Doxy, 2015)