In 1960 Brazilian songwriter, pianist, guitarist and vocalist Antonio Carlos Jobim composed the bossa nova hit “Corcovado” (“Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”).

The Portuguese title refers to the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

Renown for his gentle bossa novas, Jobim’s music focuses on the tender, romantic side of jazz. Jobim’s compositions illustrate the Brazilian concept of “saudade,” a happy-sadness evolving into sad-happiness.

English lyrics were later added to “Corcovado” by Gene Lees. After Andy Williams recorded the song with English lyrics, the tune climbed to #92 in the Billboard Hot 100 and #18 in Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in 1965.

Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall all produced notable covers of the song, along with a variety of other artists.

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MST – for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

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