Antônio Carlos Jobim


Antônio Carlos Jobim 1

Instituto Antônio Carlos Jobim:

Clube do Tom links:

  • Jobim: Clube do Tom (Br.) — link broken
  • Jobim: Clube do Tom (Eng.) — link broken

On 30 March 2016, I noticed that the site “Clube do Tom” ( is defunct. I don’t know if the content has been relocated to another URL. Will update my information when I have further news.

Tom Jobim biographies:


Selected standards with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim (feature pages):

Antônio Carlos Jobim slide show and gallery:

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Orfeu da Conceição, 1956, Vinicius de Moraes and A.C. Jobim, with Oscar Niemeyer-1


Se todos fossem iguais a você (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes)

  •  The song was written for and introduced in the 1956 stage play Orfeu da Conceição, written by Vinícius de Moraes, featuring music by Antônio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes. The play is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.
  • The 1959 film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição.
  • “Se todos fossem iguais a você” is reportedly (see below) the first song written together by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes.
  • The original Portuguese title may be translated into English as “If everyone were like you.”
  • An English version with lyric by Gene Lees, “Someone to Light Up My Life,” evidently first recorded in 1965, has been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Shirley Horn among others.
  • Second Hand Songs

In the chapter “Freedom” of the 2011 book Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man by Helena Jobim, sister of the biography’s subject, the author indicates that this was the first song written by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes after they were formally introduced at Vilarino, a Rio de Janeiro bar popular with musicians, intellectuals, and journalists. Finding that they “immediately connected very well,” the pair soon left for Tom’s home and began to work on the music for de Moraes’s play Orfeu da Conceição that day..

Vinícius de Moraes & Tom Jobim-1-sh15

From the site

The two were introduced in 1956 by the music critic Lúcio Rangel while they were having drinks at Vilarino, a downtown bar in Rio de Janeiro that was popular among musicians and journalists. Rangel approached Tom to let him know that Vinicius, seated nearby, wanted his help composing the soundtrack for his play “Orfeu da Conceição.” Tom famously pondered, “Is there any dough in it for me?” Rangel assured him that Vinicius paid well, and so began one of the most celebrated partnerships in the history of Brazilian popular music.

1957 Maysa (LP) RGE RLP 0015

Maysa — from her self-titled 1957 album, on the RGE label, catalog #RLP 0015 — The Wikipedia page on the album indicates that a 78 rpm single was also released in 1957, coupled with “Tarde Triste,” from her previous album.



Eu não existo sem você (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes) — written in 1957; 1958 recordings by Elizeth Cardoso and Maysa

Maysa — “gravada ao vivo nos estúdios da TV Record, em 1959” (recorded live in the studios of TV Record, in 1959)


Tom Jobim — vocals: Ana Lontra Jobim (solo), Tom Jobim — from the 1987 album Inédito, commercially released in 1995


Por causa de você (Don’t Ever Go Away) — songwriters: m. Tom Jobim, w. Dolores Duran / Ray Gilbert (English lyric)

Dolores Duran — from the 1957 LP Dolores Duran canta para você dançar…, Copacabana CLP 11011



Tom Jobim — from the 1967 album A Certain Mr. Jobim, (US) Warner Bros. W 1699 (Mono), WS 1699 (Stereo)


Maria Creuza — date unknown


Tom Jobim with Paula Morelenbaum from the 1987 album Inédito, commercially released in 1995


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