Desafinado (or off key) has been done in several versions. For many North Americans the version by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd was the first they had heard and certainly it was the first version to get any widespread commercial buzz in the states with a peak position of 15th in the Billboard pop charts. Though, as this version was an instrumental, it could not be the first English vocal version of the song.

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Pat Thomas’ Desafinado

This honor belongs to Pat Thomas whose version of Desafinado was the first to be sung in English.  Though not widely known among bossa nova fans, Thomas gives a good account of herself on the track singing with a controlled verve that has a timeless quality. The song came from her album, which has the same title, and was a unique artistic venture for the jazz singer. Notably, it featured production from Creed Taylor along with arrangements from Lalo Schifrin.