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Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro -- December 8, 1994 in New York City), also known as Tom Jobim
Jobim became prominent in Brazil when he teamed up with poet and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes to write the music for the play Orfeu de Conceição (1956). The most popular song from the show was Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Você ('Someone To Light Up My Life'). Later, when the play was turned into a film, French producer Sacha Gordine did not want to use any of the existing music from the play. Gordine asked de Moraes and Jobim for a new score for the film Black Orpheus (1959). Vinicius was at the time away in Montevideo, Uruguay, working for the Itamaraty (the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and so he and Jobim were only able to write three songs, primarily over the telephone (A Felicidade, Frevo,and O Nosso Amor). This collaboration proved successful, and Vinicius went on to pen the lyrics to some of Jobim's most popular songs.
Dominick Merle, Special to the Sun
Published: Saturday, January 12, 2008
Yes, music lovers, The Girl from Ipanema exists and she's still a knockout nearly a half century after she inspired the song that became a worldwide classic.
At age 63, she's still "tan and lovely," just like the lyrics, and can easily pass for someone 15 years younger. And she still goes to the beach and turns a few heads.
Brazilians refer to her simply as "Helo," but she was Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto when she strolled by a restaurant in 1962 and knocked the socks off a poet named Vinicius de Moraes.
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Font:****So moved was he by the leggy teenager's "movements" that he wrote the famous lyrics right at that very bar. The restaurant was called Veloso back then, and the bar was named Botineiro.
It seemed that Helo routinely passed by that bar, "swinging and swaying like a samba," headed for the beach. Moreas asked a songwriter friend, Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim, to have a look and Jobim produced the haunting tune.
Amazingly, The Girl From Ipanema was somewhat of a flop when it first hit the Brazilian airwaves. But shortly after, due primarily to the famous recording by Joao and Astrid Gilberto featuring Stan Getz on sax, the song caught on around the world, winning record of the year at the 1965 Grammy Awards.
Over the decades, the song has been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and a host of other international stars. It has been credited with doing more for Rio tourism than all of the advertising campaigns strung together.
In the mid-'70s, Moreas and Jobim admitted that Helo was the inspiration for the song. "She was a creature of God," Jobim said at the time.