Fotografia — Tom Jobim, 1959


Sylvia Telles, Tom Jobim, Roberto Menescal, and Marcos Valle at RCA Victor Studios, c.1964

Sylvia Telles, Tom Jobim, and Marcos Valle at RCA Victor Studios, c.1964

(directly above) Sylvia Telles, Tom Jobim, and Marcos Valle at RCA Victor Studios c. 1964, though (Instituto Antônio Carlos Jobim) dates the photograph 1960. The earlier date is doubtful since Valle would have been about 17 years old, virtually unknown, and unlikely to be working so intimately at that time with two of bossa nova’s brightest stars. The photo at the top, evidently taken on the same date, includes Roberto Menescal.

  • See my Antônio Carlos Jobim index for internal links to additional songs with music by Tom Jobim featured at Songbook, an ACJ image gallery, and biographies and other external links

Fotografia (Antônio Carlos Jobim) — First recorded in 1959, by Sylvia Telles. An English lyric version, Photograph, with words by Ray Gilbert, was recorded by Jobim for his 1967 album A Certain Mr. Jobim.

Sylvia Telles — from her 1959 LP Amor de Gente Moça



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Astrud Gilberto — from The Astrud Gilberto Album, 1965


Dick Farney (gravata), Sérgio Mendes e Sérgio Ricardo, 1968

Dick Farney —  from the 1967 LP Dick Farney: Piano & Orquestra Gaya

A review of the album by Slipcue. com says,

An unusual all-instrumental outing for this well-known pop vocalist. Here, Farney tinkles away on the piano with an insouciant, playful minimalism that mirrors both the deceptively simple style of Tom Jobim and the off-handed carelessness of the Rat Pack set that Farney so adored. Backing him on these tracks is an orquestra [sic] led by Ernesto Gaya…


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Nara Leão — from her entirely acoustic 1971 double LP Dez años depois; 19 of the album’s 24 tracks were either written or co-written by Tom Jobim.



Tom Jobim and Elis Regina —  from their 1974 collaboration Elis & Tom



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João Gilberto — São Paulo, 13 April 1994


Morelenbaum 2 (Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum) / Ryuichi Sakamoto — from the 2002 US version of the LP Casa, Sony Classical SK 89982 — The track doesn’t appear on the 2001 versions released in Brazil and Japan.

Paula Morelenbaum – vocal
Jaques Morelenbaum – cello
Ryuichi Sakamoto – piano


Elaine Elias — title track from Dreamer, her second album for the Bluebird label, released in 2004


(below) live, date unknown


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Mariana de Moraes — from the 2007 CD Se é pecado sambar (Lua Music)

Actress and singer Mariana de Moraes is a granddaughter of the Brazilian poet, diplomat, essayist, playwright, and lyricist Vinícius de Moraes, one of the essential creative forces of the bossa nova movement. She has a fine voice, which reminds me of Gal Costa’s. Why the muddled instrumentation?


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Slikk Tim — guitar and bass, with vocal (English); uploaded on 21 September 2011

Artist websites:


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Полина Тырина (Polina Tyrin) — Russian lyric interpretation by Khrennikov Valery — uploaded 22 August 2011

On her YouTube channel about page, the artist describes herself as an autodidact, and says (Google translation), “I love bossa nova and all that is connected with the culture and music of Latin American countries.”


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El Búho en la Vitrina — uploaded on 21 October 2011

Julián Pérez Álvarez: voz y guitarra (voice, guitar)
Leandro Pérez Álvarez: bajo y arreglos (bass, arrangements)
Gonzalo Mancini: batería (drums)


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Priscila Ribas & Paulo Zannol — published on 13 December 2013

Priscila “Pri” Ribas – vocals
Paulo Zannol – guitars, bass
Sebastiano Sempio – cajon, percussion

Pri Ribas & Paulo Zannol links:



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carlus Maximus
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 17:38:48

    Those Marcos Valle-Sylvia Telles-Tom Jobim photos are NOT from 1960. It is easy to see by the way Sylvia’s hair has been done that it can only be AFTER 1963. I would say those 2 photos were taken in 1964.



    • doc
      Apr 12, 2014 @ 20:20:20

      Carlus Maximus,

      Thanks. And I agree with you. I originally dated them c.1964, but modified the date to conform to the date provided at I didn’t believe it was accurate. That’s why I pointed out that Marcos Valle would have to be 17 years old, when he looks at least 20. Also, none of the Valle biographies I’ve read indicate that he would have worked so intimately with two of the brightest stars of bossa nova that early. Roberto Menescal was a rising star by 1960 (“O Barquinho” recorded by Maysa, Perry Ribeiro, and Paulinho Nogueira that year), but not Valle. In 1963, Tamba Trio recorded Valle’s composition “Sonho de Maria,” and a recording contract with Odeon soon followed.

      I’ll probably change the date back to c.1964, while noting that gives an earlier and evidently inaccurate year.



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