I wonder if Sergio's thought process was to attempt more "American" music with his main group Brasil '66 and try the more Brazilian stuff with the Bossa Rio group. I've been listening to a bit more Bossa Rio of late since this thread surfaced.
For some reason, the song "Girl Talk" from ALEGRIA! and LIVE IN JAPAN seems to have entered my head and won't go away. The lyrics are clearly sexist by today's sensibilities.
Girl Talk by Bobby Troup
They like to chat about the dresses they will wear tonight,
they chew the fat about their tresses and the neighbor's fight.
Inconsequential things that men don't really care to know
become essential things that women find so "appropos".
But that's a dame, they're all the same.
It's just a game, they call it girl talk, girl talk.
They all meow about the ups and downs of all their friends,
the "who", the "how", the "why", they dish the dirt, it never ends.
The weaker sex, the speaker sex we mortal males behold
but tho' we joke we wouldn't trade them for a ton of gold.
So baby, stay and gab a way
but hear me say that after girl talk talk to me.
"Girl Talk" is a great melody---one of my all-time favorites--- with horrific lyrics.
Right up (down?) there with "Wives and Lovers", which boils down to "Get the curlers out of your hair by seven or your husband's going to nail his secretary":
Wives and Lovers by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics)
Day after day
There are girls at the office
And men will always be men
Don't send him off
With your hair still in curlers
You may not see him again
As lj notes, "Girl Talk" was in the soundtrack of the movie "Harlow" in 1965, so it got a decent amount of airplay from several MOR artists at the time. And in 1968, the Sea & Ski suntan lotion people re-wrote the song for one of their ads:
The sky is blue
The sun is hot
The tans are tanning dark
Up on the roof
Beside the pool
And all around the park
Dark-tanning girls and guys
Who decorate the scenery
They get their tans so dark
By putting on that Sea & Ski
Get Sea & Ski
And soon you'll be
Dark as can be
A really dark tan
But what was behind it showing up in A&M-land in 1969? Not only Bossa Rio, but Herb:
And Herb's is my absolute favorite.