In 1964, The Girl From Ipanema was recorded in New York City by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. The song was written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobin - a influential composer that helped to create bossa nova style - and by Vinicius de Moraes, who wrote the original Portuguese lyrics. Getz recorded the song as part of an album with Joao Gilberto - the father of bossa nova. When recording the song, Gilberto's wife - Astrud - was talked into singing the vocals on the song - she had never recorded anything in her life. The album won two Grammys. Before this song, Ipanema was a relatively unnoticed stretch of beach in Rio De Janeiro. The song was written about a 19-year old girl in a bikini that regularly walked by a bar the songwriters frequented, buying cigarettes for her mother. After revealing the identity of the girl in the worldwide hit, the girl - Helo Pinheiro - exploited her title by posing in Brazilian Playboy twice - one time with her daughter. She later opened a boutique that she named after the title of the song - her title. This brought a lawsuit for using the name without permission. Pinheiro argued the title had been bestowed to her by the songwriters - she won the case. The Girl From Ipanema is one of the most recorded songs in history - it has been recorded by almost 250 artists.
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