Unique Brazilian Bossa Nova Legend, João Gilberto, Dies age 88 in Rio de Janeiro

João Gilberto was born in Juazeiro, Bahia, on June 10th, 1931. The Bahia state government declared three days of mourning for his death.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - João Gilberto died this Saturday, July 6th, at the age of 88. A pioneer of Bossa Nova, the world-famous musician died at home in Rio de Janeiro. He had been facing illness for some years.

In 1961, João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira completed the trilogy of fundamental albums that introduced bossa nova to the world: "Chega de saudade" (1959), "O amor, o sorriso e a flor" (1960), and "João Gilberto" (1961).

The album that set the beginning of the genre in 1959, "Chega de saudade", features a song with the same . . .

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