'Girl From Ipanema' Makes Olympic Comeback

Daniel Jobim
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Daniel Jobim

The evergreen bossa nova classic “The Girl From Ipanema” had a boost in current popularity after model Gisele Bundchen strutted to the song at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto’s iconic version of the song -- written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, released on the classic Getz/Gilberto album in 1964 --  jumped from No. 14 to No. 5 on this week Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart. It climbed 654 percent to 3,000 downloads sold during the tracking week ending Aug. 11.

Jobim’s grandson, Daniel Jobim, performed the song on piano during Bundchen’s Olympic catwalk. The younger Jobim is paying further tribute to his grandfather in a series of concerts in Rio’s Olympic country houses.

The performances also feature American jazz vocalist Alexandra Jackson, who will include this new version of the song on her upcoming Brazil-tinged release, Legacy and Alchemy.

Like Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall before her, Jackson -- a University of Miami music graduate and daughter of former Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson -- brings the female gaze to the sensuous song, with lyrics that eye a “tall and tan and young and handsome” boy walking down the Rio street.