From 1965, our Lost Treasure this week is on Verve Records & features the lovely bossa nova vocals of Brazillian-born Astrud Gilberto. “Agua De Beber” features her in a duet with samba/bossa nova artist Antonio Carlos Jobim which received considerable worldwide airplay on MOR, jazz & easy-listening radio stations. She married singer Joao Gilberto in 1959 but became romantically involved with her husband’s musical accompanist Stan Getz & moved to the US in 1963. Astrud began recording after signing with Verve & immediately found worldwide success with her first release “The Girl From Ipanema”. Co-written by Jobim, “Agua De Beber” was her 5th single & second collaboration with the famous Brazillian singer/composer. She toured extensively with Stan Getz over the next several years & continued releasing singles & albums on the Verve label. By 1970, Astrud was writing her own compositions & has sung in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German & Japanese. In 1982, Gilberto’s son Marcelo joined her group, touring with her for more than a decade as bassist. 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. Astrud 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. Although she did not officially retire, Gilberto announced in 2002 that she was taking “indefinite time off” from public performances. At age 80, Astrud continues to reside in the US & is an advocate & spokesperson for animal rights. Enjoy Memorial Day weekend & kick it off with “Agua De Beber” – a gentle, percussive bossa nova record which we hope brings out the warm sunshine for all to enjoy!
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