The family of Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, also known as Joao Gilberto wife, has announced her passing at 83.
Joao and Astrud Gilberto became famous for their version of the popular song “The Girl from Ipanema.”
In the 1960s, they received much appreciation, acknowledgment, and love from all around the world.
Astrud’s granddaughter, Sofia Gilberto, informed everyone about her passing through social media.
According to the post, she passed away on June 5th, 2023, at her home in Philadelphia. However, the post did not feature her cause of death.
Although Astrud has now reunited with her soulmate, Joao Gilberto, her demise has saddened her family.
Joao Gilberto married singer Astrud Weinert, with whom he collaborated on the famous recording of “The Girl from Ipanema.”
They had a son named João Marcelo. Unfortunately, the couple later got divorced.
Gilberto married singer Miúcha, who sadly passed away in 2018.
Together, they had a daughter named Bebel Gilberto, who also pursued a career in singing.
Eventually, Gilberto and Miúcha separated. Gilberto also had a daughter with Claudia Faissol, a journalist.
Miucha passed away at her apartment in Rio de Janeiro on December 27, 2018. After a private ceremony, she was laid to rest in Niterói.
Overview of Asturd Gilberto’s life
Joao Gilberto wife, Astrud, had her fair share of struggles.
She earned recognition by collaborating with João Gilberto and Stan Getz on the iconic 1963 album “Getz/Gilberto,” where she contributed vocals to two tracks.
Despite being new to professional recording, Astrud had prior experience singing alongside her husband in Brazil.
Her unique and enchanting voice played a significant role in popularizing the song “The Girl from Ipanema,” for which she received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and a nomination for Best Vocal Performance by a Female.
After the success of “The Girl from Ipanema,” Astrud’s solo career took off.
Her first solo album, “The Astrud Gilberto Album,” was released in 1965.
Throughout the 1970s, she expanded her repertoire, recording songs in multiple languages, including Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese.
In 1982, Astrud’s son Marcelo joined her group as a bassist and toured with her for over a decade.
He also collaborated as a co-producer on her albums “Live in New York” (1996) and “Temperance” (1997).
In 2002, Astrud announced an indefinite break from public performances, although she did not officially retire.
Her contributions to music continue to be celebrated and appreciated.
Throughout her career, Astrud Gilberto received several accolades, including the Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992 and induction into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
Who is Joao Gilberto?
Joao Gilberto, the guitarist and former husband of Astrud Gilberto, was a pioneering composer and songwriter of Bossa Nova.
In the late 1950s, he blended Brazilian samba music with the smooth sounds of “cool jazz.”
One of his notable collaborations took place in 1963 when he teamed up with American saxophonist Stan Getz for the album “Getz/Gilberto.”
This groundbreaking record was crucial in introducing the captivating Brazilian sound to a global audience.
Astrud Gilberto contributed her vocals to the English tracks on the album, including the famous duet “The Girl from Ipanema.”
This song emerged as a significant hit and influenced the album’s success.
In fact, “Getz/Gilberto” received three Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Album of the Year.
This marked the first time a jazz album had achieved such recognition.