Astrud Gilberto (1940–2023) was a Brazilian singer and songwriter and a 1960s icon who fused jazz, pop and bossa nova with her soft vocal style.

Astrud Gilberto

Born Astrud Evangelina Weinert, Gilberto grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and at 19 married bossa nova figurehead João Gilberto. “The Girl From Ipanema” was one of only two songs that Astrud Gilberto sang on the iconic 1963 album “Getz/Gilberto”, but it immediately established her as a bossa nova singer to worldwide acclaim. She moved to the US and recorded several albums for Verve, which saw her bring world class arrangers to blend American pop and jazz with Brazilian rhythms. Continuously touring and recording through the 1970s and 1980s, Gilberto retired in 2002 but remained a true ambassador of Brazilian music.