João Gilberto

Brazilian musician, pioneer of bossa nova (1931–2019)

João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira (10 June 1931 – 6 July 2019) was a Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known for developing the music genre of bossa nova in the late 1950s. He wrote the first bossa nova song, titled "Bim-Bom". Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim were helpful in making bossa nova popular. In 1964, Gilberto and American saxophonist Stan Getz released the album Getz/Gilberto. The album won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Gilberto in 2006

Gilberto was born in Juazeiro, Bahia. On 6 July 2019, he died after an illness at his apartment in Rio de Janeiro. He was 88.[1]


  1. "João Gilberto: Brazilian 'father of bossa nova' dies aged 88". BBC News. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.

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