Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jukebox Saturday Night Entry for June 14th, 2014: The Coming Back Edition


"The Girl from Ipanema" as performed by Stan Getz and João Gilberto with vocals by Gilberto's then-wife, Astrud Gilberto (1964).

Of note, both João and Astrud are still alive.

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This is my jukebox Saturday night entry, and that as my launching point, I would like to note that this past week witnessed two anniversaries of famous songs. It was the 50th anniversary of the release of the most famous version of the Brazilian bossa nova song The Girl from Ipanema; secondly, it was also the 35th anniversary of the release of a very different kind of song, My Sharona.

The first song, The Girl from Ipanema, was originally written by the great Antônio Carlos Jobim with Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes in 1962 and subsequent English lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The 50th anniversary refers to the release in 1964 of the album Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto.

Both songs are about real life people -- two women -- both of whom are alive, to wit, Helô Pinheiro and Sharona Alperin. The linked articles discuss the story behind the two songs and interview the two women.

Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto -- better known as Helô Pinheiro -- the real-life "Girl from Ipanema" as seen in a July 2012 picture.

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I should note that The Girl from Ipanema's 50th anniversary is also appropriately timed for the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup, specifically, because some of the games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, the city where the song is set. (The World Cup is presently being held in various venues across Brazil.)

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"My Sharona" by The Knack from the group's Get the Knack release (1979)

The second song, My Sharona, was released in 1979 on The Knack's album "Get the Knack." The Knack was a four-person band. Alas, Fieger died of cancer in 2010. Four years earlier, drummer Bruce Gary also died of cancer.

For her part, Alperin (pictured left) remained friends with Fieger even after they broke up. It was Fieger who was in real life pretty much obsessed with Alperin. To that end, all of Fieger's crazed-looking facial expressions, howling, gyrations, and simulated sex fairly in the above video encapsulate how he felt for the then-17-year-old Alperin. Anyway, today Alperin is a real estate agent in Los Angeles.

On a personal note, I clearly recall when the second song came out in 1979 even though I was just 9 years old, and I sorta hated it. Now I kinda like it, even with its incessant, drum rudiment-thumping, immediately-get-stuck-in-mind-head quality.

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Finally, the following is just one of my favorite "trance" pieces -- song and the video by Italian DJ and producer Flavio Daddato, better known as "DJ Dado." (As an aside, I just like trance music. It reminds me of trips to the legendary nightclub Nation with Gary and Joe back in the day...)


"Coming Back" by DJ Dado (1997)

I'm unsure of the name of the release for this wonderful piece. I quite love the piece. And the woman singing in that smooth, sultry voice is also très lovely.

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As a brief update, I started an entry this Saturday but it was obvious it was going to take much too long (it's about my job situation) and interrupt my planned Saturday gym time, so I stopped drafting it. Instead, I made it to the gym (actually, both the Anthony Bowen and the National Capital YMCA's, the latter for the swimming pool). So I'll try to post it tomorrow morning / early afternoon before I take a planned walk.

Walkway next to the Grosvenor Park II building, Montgomery County, suburban Maryland, 3:57PM June 13, 2014.

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While composing this entry, I've been watching the Me-TV "Sci Fi Saturday night" line up, except my TV is pretty much not working anymore although occasionally the image comes in. So it's basically like listening to the old-school radio. My plan to buy a new TV is on hiatus until I know what's up with my job.

OK, that's all for now. Tonight, it'll likely just be a No. 9 and Larry's Lounge night.

--Regulus

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