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June Christy: Bossa Nova, 1963


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If you search June Christy's discography for Bossa Nova, you'll see that the song was never released on an album, just as Capitol single. For years, the song has escaped Christy fans. The music was written by Christy's husband, Bob Cooper, and the words were by Rogers Turrentine, a television writer. Last summer, Turrentine uploaded the single and wrote this at YouTube:

“In 1962, Bill Miller of Capitol Records contacted Bob Cooper and me to write a single for June to record immediately due to some new trend from Brazil called the bossa nova. It was described as a variation on the samba, but wasn’t a dance. The flip side was to be a cover of “One Note Samba.” Along with Coop, the orchestra included Laurindo Almeida, Bud Shank and Shelly Manne. This turned out to be the last 45 that Christy (as Coop always called her) did for Capitol and has never been released in any other format to my knowledge. Since there’s a tribute to June and Bob scheduled on Sept. 17, 2015 in Hermosa Beach, I decided to upload Bossa Nova along with some vintage photos.—Rogers Turrentine"

Here's June Christy singing Bossa Nova...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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