Astrud Gilberto was born this day in 1940 in Brazil as Astrud Weinert, her mother was Brazilian and her father German. She was raised in Rio de Janeiro and married João Gilberto in 1959 and emigrated to the United States in 1963. Astrud Gilberto sang on the influential album Getz/Gilberto featuring João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, despite having never sung professionally before this recording. For this album she added her unique vocals to ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, the record that immediately says summer – whatever the weather. She went on to record a string of successful albums, mostly for Verve Records and remains the epitome of cool and elegance.