Astrud Gilberto

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Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto performing in Amsterdam, 1966
Astrud Gilberto performing in Amsterdam, 1966
Background information
Birth nameAstrud Evangelina Weinert
Born (1940-03-29) March 29, 1940 (age 82)
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, artist
Years active1963–present

Astrud Gilberto (Portuguese pronunciation: [aʃˈtɾud ʒiwˈbɛʁtu]; born Astrud Evangelina Weinert, March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer. She gained international attention in the 1960s following her recording of the song "The Girl from Ipanema".


Astrud Gilberto was born Astrud Evangelina Weinert, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father, in the state of Bahia, Brazil. She was raised in Rio de Janeiro. Her father was a language professor and she became fluent in several languages.[1] She married João Gilberto in 1959 and had a son, João Marcelo Gilberto, who later joined her band. Astrud and João divorced in the mid-1960s.[2] She has another son from a second marriage, Gregory Lasorsa, who also played with his mother.[3][4] Later she began a relationship with her husband's musical collaborator, American jazz saxophone player Stan Getz.[5] She emigrated to the United States in 1963, residing in the U.S. from that time.

Astrud Gilberto, 1970

She sang on two tracks on the 1963 album Getz/Gilberto featuring João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Antônio Carlos Jobim. While it was her first professional recording, Astrud "wasn’t a complete novice. She grew up steeped in music (her mother Evangelina Neves Lobo Weinert played multiple instruments) and sang regularly with her husband in Brazil, including in a concert at the Faculdade de Arquitetura, part of one of Rio de Janeiro’s top universities." Her "beguiling, whispery voice" and steadfast approach to singing played a significant role in popularizing “The Girl from Ipanema.”, earning a Grammy for Song of the Year and a nomination for Best Vocal Performance by a female.[6]

The 1964 edited single of "The Girl from Ipanema" omitted the Portuguese lyrics sung by João Gilberto, and established Astrud Gilberto as a Bossa Nova singer. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[7] For the recording, it is reported Astrud only ever received the standard session fee, $120.[8] However, according to Gene Lees in Singers and the Song II, Getz asked producer Creed Taylor to ensure she was paid nothing.[6] In 1964, Gilberto appeared in the films Get Yourself a College Girl and The Hanged Man. Her first solo album was The Astrud Gilberto Album (1965). Upon moving to the United States, she went on tour with Getz.[5] Beginning as a singer of bossa nova and American jazz standards, Gilberto started to record her own compositions in the 1970s. She has recorded songs in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese.

In 1982, Gilberto's son Marcelo joined her group, touring with her for more than a decade as bassist.[8] In addition, he collaborated as co-producer of the albums Live in New York (1996) and Temperance (1997). Her son Gregory Lasorsa played guitar on the Temperance album on the song "Beautiful You", which features singer Michael Franks.

Gilberto received the Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, and was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2002. In 1996, she contributed to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio produced by the Red Hot Organization, performing the song "Desafinado" (Portuguese for "slightly out of tune", or "off key") along with George Michael at his invitation.[8] Although she did not officially retire, Gilberto announced in 2002 that she was taking "indefinite time off" from public performances.

Her original recording of "Fly Me to the Moon" was edited as a duet using a recording of the same song by Frank Sinatra for the soundtrack of Down with Love (2003). Her recording "Who Can I Turn To?" was sampled by The Black Eyed Peas in the song "Like That" from the 2005 album Monkey Business. Her vocals on "Berimbau" were sampled by Cut Chemist in his song "The Garden". Her recording of "Once I Loved" was featured in the 2007 film Juno. The "Astrud" track on Basia Trzetrzelewska's 1987 album, Time and Tide, is a tribute to Gilberto.

Gilberto is an advocate of animal rights.[9]



  • Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World, Castro, Ruy. 2000. (Published in English in 2003.)
  • De Stefano, Gildo, Il popolo del samba, La vicenda e i protagonisti della storia della musica popolare brasiliana, Preface by Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Introduction by Gianni Minà, RAI-ERI, Rome, 2005, ISBN 8839713484
  • De Stefano, Gildo, Saudade Bossa Nova: musiche, contaminazioni e ritmi del Brasile, Preface by Chico Buarque, Introduction by Gianni Minà, Logisma Editore, Firenze, 2017, ISBN 978-88-97530-88-6


  1. ^ "Why Astrud Gilberto Is So Much More Than 'The Girl From Ipanema'". Archived from the original on 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  2. ^ Strodder, Chris (2007). The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool: A Celebration of the Grooviest People, Events, and Artifacts of the 1960s. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press. p. 132.
  3. ^ "Interview with Astrud Gilberto". Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  4. ^ "'He made sure that she got nothing': The sad story of Astrud Gilberto, the face of bossa nova". Archived from the original on 2022-02-21. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  5. ^ a b Twomey, John. "The Troubled Genius of Stan Getz". Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b Chilton, Martin (15 February 2022). "'He made sure that she got nothing': The sad story of Astrud Gilberto, the face of bossa nova". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 16 February 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  7. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 175. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  8. ^ a b c Demos, Editorial; Redacción, la. "La Jornada - Astrud Gilberto, explotada por una industria "llena de lobos"". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2022-03-27. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  9. ^ Gilberto, Astrud. "Astrud Gilberto- Animals, They Need Our Help". Archived from the original on 22 April 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2006.

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