(above) Sylvia Telles, Tom Jobim, Roberto Menescal, and Marcos Valle at RCA Victor Studios, 1960
Dindi (m. Antonio Carlos Jobim, w. Aloysio De Oliveria) — English lyrics: Ray Gilbert
Sylvia Telles — First track, side one of her 1959 tribute album Amor de Gente Moca: Musicas de Antonio Carlos Jobim.
I’ve been unable to verify Wikipedia’s claims that 1.) her nickname was Dindi, and 2.) the song was written for her. Numerous other sites state these as facts, but in each case I’ve seen the site either quotes from or appears to paraphrase relevant passages from a Wikipedia article which cites no source.
However, it does appear to be true that the tragic death of Telles in a 1966 automobile accident occurred shortly after she completed work on a second Jobim tribute album (including a third recording of Dindi).
Tom Jobim — originally a track on the composer’s second album, The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim, released in 1965 and featuring arrangements by Nelson Riddle
Astrud Gilberto — from the Astrud Gilberto Album, recorded 27-28 January 1965 at RCA Studios, Hollywood; Marty Paich (arr, cond)
Musicians for the sessions:
Astrud Gilberto (vo) João Gilberto (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Bud Shank (as, fl) João Donato (p) Stu Williamson (tp) Milt Bernhardt (tb) Guildhall String Ensemble, and Antonio Carlos Jobim (g, vo) on Água de Beber
Sylvia Telles — from The Music of Mr. Jobim, 1966
Frank Sinatra and Tom Jobim (guitar) — recorded 30 January 1967; arrangement by Claus Ogerman — released on the LP Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim , March 1967
Claudine Longet — from the album Love is Blue, 1968
Willie Bobo and the Bo Gents — from the album Do What You Want To Do (Sussex), 1971
Flora Purim — from her 1973 LP Butterfly Dreams
Flora Purim (vocals); David Amaro (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ernie Hood (zither); Joe Henderson (flute, tenor saxophone); George Duke (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, synthesizer); Stanley Clarke (acoustic bass, electric bass); Airto Moreira (drum, percussion).
Rio Revisited: Tom Jobim and Gal Costa — one of a series of Jazzvisions concerts held in December 1986 at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles
Tom Jobim and Gal Costa — live performance, c. 1990, location unknown
Eliane Elias — from Plays Jobim – 1990
musician credits (album):
- Eliane Elias - piano, voice, arr.
- Eddie Gomez – bass
- Jack DeJohnette – drums
- Naná Vasconcelos – percussion
Natalie Cole (singing in Portuguese) from her 1996 album Stardust
Rosa Passos — from her 1997 LP Especial Tom Jobim