João Gilberto , by his full name João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, is a Brazilian musician born on June 10, 1931 in Juazeiro in the state of Bahia and died on July 6, 2019> in Rio de Janeiro> .
He is considered the main creator of the bossa nova. In 1958, he won a great success in Brazil with the song Chega de saudade> but it was not until 1964 that his success became international with his interpretation of A Garota de Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema), accompanied by Stan Getz . Since then, this song has been recorded in various languages by many prestigious artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
João Gilberto is born in the state of Bahia. His musical education is in his ear, one of his neighbors diffuses by loudspeaker placed in the main street of Juazeiro varied music which he enjoys>. At the age of 14, his grandfather gave him his first guitar. At the age of 18, he left his native village to go to the big city of Salvador de Bahia. Self-taught guitarist, he finally climbs to Rio de Janeiro in 1950, becomes "singer on the radio"> and obtains some success as the main star of a formation of the time, Os Garotos da Lua (in a very different vocal register of whoever will finally launch the bossa nova in 1958); he is fired after one year after two recordings. Unsatisfied and perfectionist, he isolated himself for several years of wandering and marginality, during which he never stopped looking for this mode of expression on the guitar that will make his legend.
His efforts have been rewarded since 1957, notably by the meeting of composer Tom Jobim with whom he recorded the first and greatest successes of the bossa nova, first as a guitarist on a record by Elizeth Cardoso, Canção do Amor Demais, essentially co-composed by Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes. With a beginner contract, under the Odeon label, he recorded in 1958 three 78T. André Midani, Marketing Manager of the label, distributes free of charge to young college students and 3 000 78 rpm students>, which will propel the success of LP Chega de saudade>. These discs launch in Brazil at the same time the career of the singer-guitarist and all the musical movement "bossa nova". Joao Gilberto speaks modestly of his invention as "a little samba made of a single note">. This first album by João Gilberto is a huge success in the country. It is generally considered as the first true bossa nova album. Besides the unforgettable chega of saudade, it contains Desafinado, Rosa morena and Brigas nunca but.