I had played the classic 1963 Getz/Gilberto album just a few days ago for my elderly mother-in-law (she has Alzheimer's). It brought a smile to her face, and now this sad news. RIP
Before 1958, the world outside Brazil associated Brazilian music with Carmen Miranda. That all changed post 1958 with Joao Gilberto, truly the Father of Bossa Nova. Gilberto's soft way of singing and revolutionary style on the acoustic guitar shook the musical world. He also influenced all Brazilian music post '58, as Brazilian pop music giants such as Veloso, Gil, Ben, Lyra etc. all say it was due to the sounds of Bossa Nova that they got into the musical field. As the say the rest is history. Music is never static--ever changing. There was the loud and aggressive sounds of Rock. We all know that loud and aggressive music ultimately won out world-wide. However for me, Bossa Nova will always be my personal musical champion.