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Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world.



Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, Stan Getz and "Girl From Ipanema."

In 1962, a group of renowned Brazilian musicians travelled to New York City to record an album of bossa nova songs under the direction of famed producer Creed Taylor.


Listen to Rich tell you the story behind "Girl From Ipanema"

One of those songs was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim about a 19 year-old girl he often saw walking through his neighborhood.

Taylor thought the song could be a hit, if only the vocal was in English. He asked if anyone in the room knew English well enough to sing a translation. None of the musicians did. However, guitarist Joao Gilberto's girlfriend Astrud, who made the trip so she could see New York City, did. She had no musical experience whatsoever, but Taylor coaxed her into the vocal booth.

Because her voice was untrained, simple and unpretentious, it was a perfect fit for the song. Everyone in the studio agreed that Astrud captured the spirit of the girl in the song perfectly. And Creed Taylor's hunch that the song could be a hit was right. When the song, "The Girl From Ipanema", was released, it shot to the top of the charts and a star was born.

The public fell in love with young Astrud's voice and she went on to become a recording star in her own right, releasing 16 albums between 1964 and 2002. "The Girl From Ipanema" sold over a million copies and won a Grammy Award.

Here's the song that turned a young woman on a sightseeing trip into an international recording star. This is "The Girl From Ipanema" featuring Astrud Gilberto on Rear View Mirror.


Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:

Norman Greenbaum/Spirit in the Sky

Elvis Presley/Blue Suede Shoes

Johnny Cash/Ring of Fire

The Kinks/You Really Got Me

The Beatles/Yesterday

Al Green/Let's Stay Together

Simon and Garfunkel/The Boxer

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles/Tracks of my Tears

Elvis Presley/Heartbreak Hotel

Bruce Cockburn/Lovers In A Dangerous Time

The Doors - Light My Fire

Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix/All Along The Watchtower 

The Clash/London Calling

Phil Spector and the Ronnettes/Be My Baby

Os Mutantes/Ando Meio Desligado

The Diamonds/Little Darlin

Captain Beefheart/Yellow Brick Road

Elton John/Bennie and the Jets

Hank Williams/Long Gone Lonesome Blues

R.E.M./What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

Tom Waits/Jockey Full of Bourbon

Neil Diamond/Sweet Caroline

The Who/Pinball Wizard

Buffalo Springfield/For What It's Worth

Five Man Electrical Band/Signs

Band Aid/Do They Know It's Christmas

John Lennon/Imagine

The Ugly Ducklings/Nothin

Bob Dylan/Tangled Up In Blue

The Beatles/Norwegian Wood

The Pursuit of Happiness/I'm An Adult Now

Bruce Springsteen/Born To Run

Arcade Fire/Wake Up

Gnarls Barkley/Crazy

Big Joe Turner/Shake Rattle and Roll

Martha and the Muffins/Echo Beach

Wilson Pickett/In The Midnight Hour

The Band/The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Fleetwood Mac/Go Your Own Way

The Animals/House of the Rising Sun

Ian and Sylvia/Four Strong Winds

James Brown/Please Please Please

John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'

Leonard Cohen/Suzanne

The Ramones/I Wanna Be Sedated

Blue Rodeo/Try

The Guess Who/American Woman

U2/I Still Have't Found What I'm Looking For

Janis Joplin/Me and Bobby McGee

Gordon Lightfoot "If You Could Read My Mind"

The Byrds "Eight Miles High"

Simon and Garfunkel "The Sound of Silence"

Bill Haley and his Comets "Rock Around The Clock"

The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting For The Man"

Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues"

Bobby Fuller "I Fought The Law"

Big Star "September Gurls"

The Hollies "Bus Stop"

Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

Booker T and the MGs "Green Onions"

Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"

Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World"

Dolly Parton "Jolene"

The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"

Lou Reed "Walk On The Wild Side"

James Taylor "Fire And Rain"

The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"

Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"

Radiohead "Paranoid Android"

M.I.A. "Paper Planes"

The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"

Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man"

Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You"

Cheap Trick "Surrender"

Mott The Hoople "All the Young Dudes"

Beach Boys "Sloop John B"

Amy Winehouse "Rehab"

New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"

Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"

George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA"

The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends"

Rolling Stones 'Miss You'

The Coasters 'Run Red Run'

Elvis Costello, 'Alison'

James Brown, 'Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)'

Inner Circle, 'Tenement Yard'

Ray Charles, 'I Don't Need No Doctor'

Curtis Mayfield, 'Freddy's Dead'

Gang Starr, 'Beyond Comprehension'

Bo Diddley, 'Bo Diddley'

Aretha Franklin, 'Rocksteady'

CCR, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain'

Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightning'

Bobby Womack, 'Across 110th Street'

Roy Orbison, 'In Dreams'

Foggy Hogtown Boys, 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'

Neil Young, 'Cortez The Killer'

Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'

Little Eva, 'Loco-Motion'

Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'

Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'

The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony'

Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly with his Song'

R.E.M., 'Radio Free Europe'

Radiohead, 'No Surprises'

Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'

Rolling Stones, 'Beast of Burden'

Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'



Son surprises his mom with her dream car: 

Horses playing ball: 

The greatest dancers of the canine world: 


RICH'S PICK: "She's Just Good Huggin' Size" by Tommy McClennan

posted by Mark Wigmore at 4:38 AM
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RT @easandymackay: @CBCR2Drive - "Girl From Ipanema" was being recorded as I was being born!
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