The Stories behind Tom Jobim’s songs are revealed in newly released book


Wagner Homem and Musician Luiz Roberto Oliveira have recently released a book entitled “Histórias de Canções: Tom Jobim,” (translated to Histories of the song: Tom Jobim). In it they provide interesting and little known facts about the background of several of the classic of the great composer.

One such example is the controversy surrounding the classic, “One Note Samba.” Upon it’s release journalist Paul Francis accused Jobim of plagiarizing Cole Porter’s, “Night and Day.” In response, Jobim released a statement indicating that though he may have been influenced by the song, there were key differences in the composition of the song and that his song was indeed an original piece of work. Evidently, he was never charged.

Antonio Carlos Jobim+ bossa nova

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Through the book we learn that this was not to be the only controversy that the musician would be involved in, as he was also accused of “selling out” to capitalistic interests. This was due to his decision to sell the rights of “Waters Of March” (Aguas De Marco) to Coca Cola for a commercial.  Accused of bartering a “national asset,” Jobim responded firmly by  stating that if he were interested solely in money he would have sold the rights of all his records to the large number of cigarette factories that sent him offers.

These are just a few of the many stories that are in the book which is 320 pages and costs R$ 35.00 in stores now.