Remy Abeyta and I kicked off the meeting at the library with some elevator music, though we weren’t even in the elevators. We did a pretty fair job of ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ too, if I do say so myself!
One of the things that fascinates me about this song are the legal actions that have happened over the years. In the ’90’s, Helø Pinheiro opened a boutique named The Girl From Ipanema, and the owners of the song took her to court for copyright infringement. But the public, and more importantly, the court, said she had every right to use the name because she was, indeed, Garota da Ipanema.
In 1964, Astrud Gilberto, along with Stan Getz, recorded the English language version of the song, the one we are most familiar with. In 2001, the same year as the above legal action, Gilberto tried to sue Frito Lay for using the tune without her permission to sell potato chips. It was another unsuccessful lawsuit, the court ruled in favor of potato chips.
Steve Gilmore is currently playing a steady gig on Thursdays, at the Wig Wam in the Plains Hotel. He starts around 7pm, if you’d like to hear some great pickin’. Also keep your ear trumpet in hand for house concerts and some great acts at the new auditorium out at LCCC. Things are starting to ramp up for the summer!
Playlist for May 2022
Remy Abeyta and Keith Blaney, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, A.C. Jobim/V. deMoraes.
Russ Williams, ‘Prelude for musique de Salon’, Iznaola.
Jordan Evans, ‘Ripple’, Grateful Dead.
Rich Ryan, ‘Southside Midnight Lady’, Doobie Brothers.
Ken Frederick, ‘Not My Brother’s Jazz’, original.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Standing on the Outside’, Leo Kottke.
Jeannie White, ‘In The Wind’, original.
Ed Heffern, ‘I’ll Follow the Sun’, Lennon/McCartney.
David Norby, ‘Poor Side of Town’, Johnny Rivers.
Keith Blaney, ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’, Ahlert & Young
Remy Abeyta, ‘Take These Chains From My Heart’, Hy Heath/Fred Rose.
Russ Williams, ‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’, David Mann/Bob Hillard.
Jordan Evans, ‘All Used Up’, Utah Phillips.
Rich Ryan, ‘Brown Sugar’, Rolling Stones.
Ken Frederick, ‘Strawberry Moon’, original.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Busted Bicycle’, Leo Kottke.
Ed Heffern, ‘Don’t Think Twice’, Bob Dylan.
Jeannie White, ‘The Song Remembers When’, Trisha Yearwood.
David Norby, ‘Look What They’ve Done to My Song’, Melanie.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Los Ojos De Pancha’, Zapata/Elizondo.
Russ Williams, ‘Mimi’, Lemay.
Rich Ryan, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, Joni Mitchell.
Ken Frederick, ‘Rocky Mountain Sweet’, original.
Photo credits this month: Remy Abeyta and Rich Ryan.