She began singing privately with her musical circle of friends, which grew to include more established names such as Mr. Bonfa and Vinicius de Moraes. It was Mr. Moraes who wrote the original text for “The Girl from Ipanema,” named after a waterfront neighborhood in Rio where he and Mr. Jobim watched a beautiful woman they longed pass by.
After the song became a hit, Mr. Getz and Mr. Taylor, the producer, described Ms. Gilberto in the press as a housewife they had discovered, a characterization that angered her, given the years she had spent singing privately with her friends and her husband. “I can’t help but feel irritated by the fact that they resorted to lying,” she was quoted as saying on her website.
She was also experiencing strain in her marriage at the time and soon began a brief, love-filled affair with Mr. Goetz. (She and her husband divorced shortly thereafter.) She toured the United States with Mr. Getz billed as guest singer; the resulting live album, “Getz Au Go Go” features her on five tracks.
The success of that album led to a solo deal with Verve Records, Mr. Getz’s label, which released “The Astrud Gilberto Album” in 1965. Although it did not make Billboard’s pop Top 40, it was nominated for a Grammy Album of the Year . For her third album, Look to the Rainbow, she expanded her sound by working with arranger Gil Evans, best known for his work with Miles Davis.
While her music was received with respect by American pop critics, Ms. Gilberto never won a parallel response from critics in Brazil, who felt that she had lucked out in her career. As a result, Ms. Gilberto, who immigrated to America in the mid-1960s, performed in her native country only once.
(However, “The Girl from Ipanema” was popular enough in Brazil that it was performed at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by Daniel Jobim, the composer’s grandson, as model Gisele Bundchen walked across the stage and audience sang along.)