'Tall and tan and young and lovely…' Katie Derham travels to the land of her father's birth...
'Tall and tan and young and lovely…' Katie Derham travels to the land of her father's birth, Brazil, in search of The Girl from Ipanema, the song that announced with a lilting rhythm the arrival of bossa nova on the world stage. Recorded in 1964, it is now the second most covered song in the world (The Beatles' Yesterday is number one, trivia fans), with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse having fallen for its simple elegance. Katie hits the beach at Copacabana and talks to Helô Pinheiro, the actual Ipanema girl herself – who's in good shape, considering the tide has ebbed and flowed many times since – as well as the musicians who gave birth to the world's most seductive music.
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