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The Legendary Joao Gilberto: The Original Bossa Nova Recordings (1958 -1961) ()

The Birth of Bossa Nova

by Gary Walker
Jun 2, 2008 (WBGO-FM)

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The summer of 1958 was the season of bossa nova. Fifty years ago, a movement of melody, harmony, lyrics, and rhythm sent a fresh wave of sound throughout Brazil. In the years to follow, a small group of idealistic musicians — including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Joao Gilberto, and a handful of others — would write some of the most enduring melodies in music history. Here are five songs from the magical era when the gentle sound of Brazil hypnotized the world.

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