Antônio Carlos Jobim
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” (jobim.com.br) 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):
- 1956 — Se todos fossem iguais a você (Someone to Light Up My Life)
- 1958 — Chega de saudade
- 1959 — Desafinado
- 1959 — A Felicidade
- 1959 — Meditação (Meditation)
- 1959 — Dindi
- 1959 — Fotografia (Photograph)
- 1960 — Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
- 1961 — Insensatez (How Insensitive)
- 1961 — O amor em paz (Once I Loved)
- 1962 — Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema)
- 1963 — Inútil paisagem (Useless Landscape)
- 1963 — Vivo sonhando (Dreamer)
- 1967 — Wave (Vou Te Contar)
- 1972 — Águas de março (Waters of March)
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 Orfeu that day.
From the site LyricalBrazil.com:
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.
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 (
Maysa — “gravada ao vivo nos estúdios da TV Record, em 1959” (recorded live in the studios of TV Record, in 1959)
, 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 —, commercially released in 1995