Amy: The Girl From Ipanema

In two weeks, AJW fans will have a chance to declare the new “standard version” of a 50-year old classic, The Girl From Ipanema. The track appears as a cover on the December 5, 2011 UK-release of Amy’s third album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures.

Here is some very brief background detail, with performances by sundry great artists. I believe that I know which performances greatly influenced Amy, but I am willing to be surprised.

Written in 1962, by Antonio Carlos and Vinicius de Moraes, the song was awarded a Grammy as Record of the Year in 1965. Norman Gimbel wrote the English lyrics. Pery Ribeiro made the first commercial recording of the song in 1962. In 2004, the Library of Congress inducted the song into the National Recording Registry.

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Pery Ribeiro – Garota de Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfYTU2vuwqo

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Ella Fitzgerald – The Girl From Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZjLz6o7uZM&feature=related

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Nat King Cole – Girl From Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPN7dqOZdO0

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Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz: THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA – 1964

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJkxFhFRFDA

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Andy Williams & Antonio Carlos Jobim – Girl From Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKfl15c-Kh0

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Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto Reunited – Girl from Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmV0TcTNJ3o

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FRANK SINATRA – THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NldPFVKYmiw

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Al Hirt – The Girl From Ipanema – 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp3PjYgTUyA&feature=fvsr

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Lou Rawls – The Girl From Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqE7RuIbfjE

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Cher – The Girl From Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjPK7Qc0ZXE

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Sammy Davis Jr – The Girl from Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjFqTMpG9KU&feature=related

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Ivete Sangalo and B.J. Thomas – The Girl from Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooeQRcB71-U&feature=related

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Diana Krall – The Girl From Ipanema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDMSh91tnQ8&feature=related

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Amy Jade Winehouse  – The Girl From Ipanema

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Amy fans have high hopes and great expectations, and no worries. They know that their JadeMermaid Princess always makes the songs she covers her own; TGFI will be no exception.

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