One Note Samba
The song title refers to the main melody line, which at first consists of a long series of notes of a single tone (typically D, as played in the key of G) played over a descending chord progression in a bossa nova rhythm. The first eight measures consist of D, followed by four measures of G, and then four measures of D. This is followed by eight measures of a more conventional, scalar melody line.
This well-known song first reached a wide audience on the Grammy-winning bossa nova LP Jazz Samba (Getz/Byrd/Jobim), which reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 in 1963. Another well-known release is the Sergio Mendes-Brasil '66 version, in medley with "Spanish Flea."
The song was featured in a prominent scene of "A Man Without A Skin", a 1963 episode of "Naked City".
- João Gilberto - O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor (1960)
- Caterina Valente - Caterina Valente Live 1968
- Sylvia Telles - Amor Em Hi-Fi (1960)
- Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba (1962)
- Herbie Mann and Tom Jobim - Do the Bossa Nova (1962)
- Quincy Jones - Big Band Bossa Nova (1962)
- Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (1963)
- Eydie Gormé - Blame It On The Bossa Nova (1963)
- Clare Fischer - So Danço Samba (1964)
- Modern Jazz Quartet and Laurindo Almeida on Collaboration (1964)
- June Christy - Something Broadway, Something Latin (1965)
- Percy Faith - Latin Themes for Young Lovers (1965)
- Sérgio Mendes - Herb Alpert Presents Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1966)
- Cliff Richard - Kinda Latin (1966).
- Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim - Sinatra & Company (1967)
- Perrey and Kingsley - Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Spotlight on the Moog (1967)
- Nara Leão - Dez Anos Depois (1971)
- Barbra Streisand (in a medley with "Johnny One Note") - Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments (1973)
- Kaye Ballard & Miss Piggy in an episode of "The Muppet Show"
- Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Abraça Jobim, Pablo, (1981) and a
- Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald and Pass... Again (1976)
- In 1986 Australian recording artist Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her album Kate Ceberano and her Septet.
- Stereolab Herbie Mann - Red Hot + Rio (1996)
- Bossacucanova - Revisited Classics (1998)
- Stereolab - Aluminum Tunes (1998)
- Bebel Gilberto Vinicius Cantuaria - Next Stop Wonderland (1998)
- Eumir Deodato & Barbara Mendes - OST from Bossa Nova (film) (2000)
- Al Jarreau - Expressions (2001)
- Royce Campbell - A Tribute To Charlie Byrd (2004)
- Sitti Navarro - Café Bossa (2006)
- Olivia Ong - A Girl Meets BossaNova 2 (2006)
- The Postmarks - By the Numbers (2008)
- Stacey Kent - The Changing Lights (2013)