Summer Samba

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"Summer Samba" (also known as "So Nice" or its original Portuguese title, "Samba de Verão") is a 1964 bossa nova song by Brazilian composer Marcos Valle, with English-language lyrics by Norman Gimbel; the original Portuguese lyrics came from Paulo Sérgio Valle, brother to the composer.[1]

The song was first popularized by the Walter Wanderley Trio in 1966 — the album Rain Forest on which it was issued reached platinum status in 1970[2][3] — also reaching the U.S. "Easy Listening" chart in versions by Johnny Mathis, Vikki Carr, and Connie Francis during that same year. In fact, at least one source claims that three different versions were on the Billboard charts at the same time in 1966.[4] Allmusic has said of Wanderley's version, "His recording ... is regarded as perhaps a more definitive bossa tune than "Girl From Ipanema."[5] Wanderley's version was the biggest seller in the U.S., reaching #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, (#3 on the Easy Listening chart) , and is still a favourite on Adult Standards radio stations.


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  1. ^ Marcos Valle on
  2. ^ Walter Wanderley Pictorial Discography (retrieved 15 February 2007)
  3. ^ Chusid, Irwin. Walter Wanderley Samba Swing! liner notes
  4. ^ Marcos Valle, 1943 (in German)
  5. ^ Thom Jurek, Boss of the Bossa Nova (album review), Allmusic (retrieved 28 March 2007)
  6. ^ Gollner, Adam."Two scoops of samba: A pair of Brazilian heavyweights import some tropical heat,", Montreal Mirror, 30 March 2000
  7. ^ Nintendo 3DS Music - StreetPass Mii Plaza Theme 1 on

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