The Elusive Girl From Ipanema
The endlessly covered Brazilian song turns 50 this year. What explains its quirky endurance?
Before 1962, if John Q. Nobody gave any thought to South America at all, it probably didn't range much beyond banana republics, fugitive Nazis and Carmen Miranda. That changed 50 years ago this summer when a tall and tan and young and lovely goddess was born. She was "The Girl From Ipanema."