A pioneer of the bossa nova genre, João Gilberto blended traditional samba music and with modern jazz in the late '50s --releasing "Bim-Bom" in 1958-- and found international success the following decade. In 1962, he recorded Getz/Gilberto with American jazz saxpophonist Stan Getz, longtime friend and collaborator Antônio Carlos Jobim and his then-wife Astrud Gilberto. The album went on to become one of the best-selling jazz records of all time --selling more than two million copies in 1964-- and it took home the Grammy for Album of the Year, becoming the first non-American album to do so.
Its track "The Girl from Ipanema" has become a standard in both the jazz and pop worlds. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is believed to be the second-most recorded song in history behind The Beatles' "Yesterday."
Gilberto is survived by his three children.