March 18, 1963: Stan Getz, Joao & Astrud Gilberto record "The Girl From Ipanema".Astrud Gilberto says that her husband, Joao, informed Stan Getz that she could sing at the recording. Creed Taylor recalls that it took Getz's wife, Monica, to get both Astrud and Joao into the recording studio; Mrs. Getz had a sense that Astrud could make a hit. And Getz himself is on record saying that he insisted on Astrud's presence over the others' objections.
So who's right? What does it matter? The Gilbertos, Getz, and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim followed up the bossa nova success of Jazz Samba with this, the defining LP of the genre. With one of the greatest hit singles jazz has ever known--each one who hears it goes Ahhh!
More facts on this day:
Bandleader Jean Goldkette born in Valenciennes, France.
Bassist Al Hall born in Jacksonville, FL.
Pianist Lil Armstrong records "Sixth Street."
Guitarist Bill Frisell born in Baltimore, MD.
Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & Shelly record "The Poll Winners" on Contemporary Records.
Poet Langston Hughes records "Weary Blues" with bassist Charles Mingus.
Stan Getz, Joao & Astrud Gilberto record "The Girl From Ipanema".
Saxophonist Courtney Pine born in London, England.
Lee Konitz records "Strings For Holiday" on Enja Records.
Pianist John Hicks records tribute to Sonny Clark.