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'The Girl from Ipanema' Hits 50
The quintessential bossa nova tune, inspired by a young woman who passed the songwriters in a beachside bar on her way to the sea, is turning 50.
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In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, a surfer leaves the water as the sun sets at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema" is turning 50, and to its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened its allure. The tune inspired by a young woman who passed the songwriters in a beach side bar on her way to the waters of Ipanema beach, carries within its chords and lyrics an image of a city that's light and easy, palm trees and blue sky, a sun-kissed life without care. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, two men play soccer at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema" is turning 50, and to its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened its allure. The tune inspired by a young woman who passed the songwriters in a beach side bar on her way to the waters of Ipanema beach, carries within its chords and lyrics an image of a city that's light and easy, palm trees and blue sky, a sun-kissed life without care. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2011 file photo, beachgoers are seen at dusk along the shore of Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema" is turning 50, and to its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened its allure. The tune inspired by a young woman who passed the songwriters in a beach side bar on her way to the waters of Ipanema beach, carries within its chords and lyrics an image of a city that's light and easy, palm trees and blue sky, a sun-kissed life without care. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

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In this July 3, 2012 photo, Heloisa "Helo" Pinheiro, the woman that inspired the classic bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema," poses for a picture in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The quintessential tune was inspired by Pinheiro when she passed the songwriters in a beach side bar on her way to the sea, 50 years ago. To its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened the song's allure, adding a wash of nostalgia to this hymn to passing youth and beauty. At 68, Pinheiro has two TV shows roles and is planning to launch a book in English about her past. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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In this July 3, 2012 photo, Heloisa "Helo" Pinheiro, the woman that inspired the classic bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema," poses for a photo backdropped by a collage of pictures from her youth, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The quintessential tune was inspired by Pinheiro when she passed the songwriters in a beach side bar on her way to the sea, 50 years ago. To its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened the song's allure, adding a wash of nostalgia to this hymn to passing youth and beauty. At 68, Pinheiro has two TV shows roles and is planning to launch a book in English about her past. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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In this July 3, 2012 photo, Heloisa "Helo" Pinheiro, the woman that inspired the classic bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema," poses for a picture in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The quintessential tune was inspired by Pinheiro when she passed the songwriters in a beachside bar on her way to the sea 50 years ago. To its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened the song's allure, adding a wash of nostalgia to this hymn to passing youth and beauty. At 68, Pinheiro has two TV shows roles and is planning to launch a book in English about her past. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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'The Girl from Ipanema' Hits 50

The quintessential bossa nova tune, inspired by a young woman who passed the songwriters in a beachside bar on her way to the sea, is turning 50.

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