Who was Astrud Gilberto?
The daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father, Astrud Gilberto was born Astrud Evangelina Weinert in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Rio de Janeiro is where she was raised. She learned to speak numerous languages with ease because her father was a professor of languages. She had a son named Joo Marcelo Gilberto after her 1959 marriage to Joo Gilberto, who later joined her band. Joo and Astrud separated in the middle of the 1960s. Gregory Lasorsa, a child of a second marriage, was a child of hers who enjoyed playing with his mother.
Later, she started dating jazz saxophonist Stan Getz of the United States, her husband’s musical partner. She immigrated to the country in 1963 and has lived there ever since. In addition to being elected into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2002, Gilberto was presented with the Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992.
She sang the song “Desafinado” (Portuguese meaning “slightly out of tune” or “off-key”) with George Michael at his invitation for the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio, which was put out by the Red Hot Organization in 1996. Gilberto declared in 2002 that she was taking “indefinite time off” from public performances even though she had not yet formally retired.
Frank Sinatra’s version of her song “Fly Me to the Moon” from the Down with Love soundtrack (2003) was used to edit her original performance into a duet.
The Black Eyed Peas sampled her song “Who Can I Turn To?” for their song “Like That” off of their 2005 album Monkey Business. Cut Chemist used a sample of her voice from “Berimbau” in his song “The Garden”. In the 2007 movie Juno, her performance of “Once I Loved” was highlighted. Gilberto is honored on Basia Trzetrzelewska’s 1987 album Time and Tide’s “Astrud” track. Condolences are been sent to her family members and loved ones who mourn the great lost.
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