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Blame It On the Bossa Nova

 “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” is a real oldie and the Bossa Nova was a dance. If you remember a singer named Eydie Gorme then she sang this song in 1963. It became a hit single for her. This song was also featured in the comedy with Cher “Mermaids” and while I have the chance to mention Elvis then he sang a song titled “Bossa Nova Baby” from one of his movies.

As a dance, the bossa nova had its beginnings in Brazil in 1958. Rio de Janeiro-born pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim joined together jazz elements with indigenous Brazilian music and got what became known as the bossa nova sound. When the bossa nova came to America it was embraced and made to be the dance of love as the words go in the song “Blame It On the Bossa Nova”.

Then along came Elvis and the bossa nova got another kind of meaning and version.

Bossa Nova Baby” was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller. Elvis recorded this song on January 22, 1963, as part of the soundtrack of the movie “Fun In Acapulco”. In the video, you can hear Elvis singing this song and someone put together a fantastic video of Fred Astair and Rita Hayworth dancing. It is really worth watching.


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