This month marks 50 years since the most famous bossa nova song of all time, “The girl from Ipanema” was originally composed. There have been a number of articles from various media outlets, both within and outside of Brazil, that have commemorated this golden jubilee. Many of them have been informative and shed more light on the process behind the making of the song and the great success and honors bestowed upon the song, its creators and even the girl it is supposedly based on. However, there are still some things, you may not know about this song. Here are 10 facts about the song from Veja Rio.

Tom Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes composing the song Girl from Ipanema Bossa Nova

Tom Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes

Original name . Few know, but the song written by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim’s was originally called “Girl Pass.”
 
The true muse . Soon, several women present(ed) themselves as the true inspiration. The speculation only ended in 1965, when Vinicius de Moraes explained that his inspiration was a teenager, Heloisa Pinheiro.
 
The English version . Born in Bahia, the singer Astrud Gilberto gave voice to the English version in 1964. With the arrangements set out (by) Stan Getz, the music burst in the U.S. and charmed the most important American singer, Frank Sinatra, who re-recorded in 1967.

Heavy Metal Girl . In 2008, the rockers “Sepultura” gave the (song a rock and roll twist) presented at the Latin Grammy that year in Sao Paulo.
 
In all languages ​​. There are an estimated 170 versions of the song. And it continues to be recorded by big names,  (such as) ​​Amy Winehouse (1983-2011).
 
The day that Ipanema was exchanged for Greenland . Exponent of the 80’s New Wave, the group “B-52’s” made ​an unusual version of the music of Jobim and Vinicius. In “Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland” (or the Girl from Ipanema goes to Greenland), launched in 1986, our muse leaves the heat of Ipanema and will live in the inhospitable island in the northern hemisphere.

Not everything is a feast . The success also led to litigation. In 2001, Helo Pinheiro was sued by heirs of Jobim to use the name  “The Girl from Ipanema” in her clothing store.”

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