Saturday, June 28, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim

Artist:Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim
Song:The Girl From Ipanema
Album:Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings

The Girl From Ipanema is the most famous song written by the greatest Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The song reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964 when it was recorded by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto featuring Astrud Gilberto on vocals. Jobim played piano on the record. So Brazilian music was getting mainstream attention and Jobim moved to the US. So it's not surprising that Brazilian music got Frank Sinatra's attention. So while he was riding high on the charts with the 1966 hit Strangers In The Night, Sinatra approached Jobim about recording together. Jobim suggested they work with Verve Records arranger Claus Ogerman who had worked with Jobim on his last few albums. It was titled Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. Mostly the two record Jobim songs including The Girl From Ipanema. Jobim also appeared on the 1967 TV special A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim. What a lot of fans may not know is that Sinatra and Jobim recorded a second album in 1969 but it wasn't released. This was obviously recorded because the first album was highly acclaimed. The album was titled Sinatra-Jobim and it was arranged by Brazilian composer Eumir Deodato and conducted by former Columbia Pictures house composer Morris Stoloff. This album was briefly released on 8-track in 1970 and Sinatra pulled it over concerns it wouldn't sell. Seven of the songs from this album were released on the 1971 album Sinatra & Company with some songs Sinatra recorded with arranger Don Costa. In 1979. Warner Bros. Brazil released the LP Sinatra-Jobim Sessions containing both albums. But the second LP had never been released in its entirety in the US until Concord released The Complete Reprise Recordings in 2010. This is the definitive CD for those interested in Sinatra's recordings with Jobim. Here's Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim performing The Girl From Ipanema on the 1967 TV special A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim.

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