Take a late-afternoon walk along Ipanema beach and you’re sure to see it: A statue honoring Brazilian singer-composer Antonio Carlos ‘Tom’ Jobim at the Zona Sul beach where it all began for the Bossa Nova beat back in 1958.
Jobim’s place on the beach is easy to find. You’ll see it where Apoador ends and where Ipanema’s stretch of sun-soaked sand begins: situated casually upon its black and white tiled mosaic sidewalk – the 200-kilo bronze statue depicting Jobim with a guitar slung over his shoulder to mark the 20th anniversary of Jobim’s passing.
“I chose to represent a young and handsome Tom Jobim showing him at the peak of his success in the 1960s,” said sculptor Christina Motta. “The photo which acted as an inspiration is significant in that it was from the time when he and Vinicius de Moraes had just finished a symphony in Brasilia,” Motta added.
Fans agree that Jobim’s place on the beach was earned too quickly. He died too young in 1994, three decades after his 1962 collaboration with Vinicius de Moraes on ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ took the world of popular music by storm.
The song paid tribute to the bronzed beauties who strutted along the beach in Rio’s well-heeled anma district just around the corner from Copacabana beach.
Jobim’s place on the beach is not the only honor given to the songwrtier in the city of his birth. Rio de Janeiro’s international airport was named after him in 1999.
An easy walk – not far from the statue on Ipanema beach – will bring you to Garota de Ipanema Bar, where you can sit in the same place, at the same table were Jobim would while away the afteroon hours. He wrote ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ right there.
Have a cold one in his honor.
Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, also known as Tom Jobim, is considered one of Brazil’s greatest musicians, having composed hundreds of songs and released more than 50 albums, and is Brazil’s only songwriter to be included in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
What do you think? Will you be making plans to find Jobim’s place on the beach and have your picture taken with the Man from Ipanema?
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