Peter Fessler - Gentle Rain

Published on 21 Jan 2022, 18:32
"The Gentle Rain" ("Chuva Delicada") is a 1965 bossa nova composition by Luiz Bonfá, with lyrics by Matt Dubey. Originally written in A minor key and 4/4 time, this song was first released as part of the motion picture soundtrack[1] of the 1966 film The Gentle Rain of the North-American director Burt Balaban[2][1]. The music of the film was a collaboration of Luiz Bonfá as a composer and Eumir Deodato as orchestra arranger and director. Astrud Gilberto recorded the song in 1965 on The Shadow of Your Smile. It is also reported to be one of Tony Bennett's favorites[3] and recorded on his 1966 album The Movie Song Album featuring Luiz Bonfá on guitar. Other recordings were by Sarah Vaughan (on the 1976 album Copacabana), Irene Kral with pianist Alan Broadbent (on the 1978 album Gentle Rain), Shirley Horn (on the 1978 album A Lazy Afternoon), Diana Krall (on the 1997 album Love Scenes), Stacey Kent featuring vocals with the saxophonist Jim Tomlinson (on the 2003 album Brazilian Sketches), Barbra Streisand (on the 2009 album Love is the Answer]), and Don Burrows. It was also played at the funeral of Irish guitarist Louis Stewart in 2016 in the presence of the president of the Irish Republic but misattributed to a non-Brazilian composer in the Irish Times obituary.

My little boat 28.1.22
Original entitelt "O Barquinho" was first recorded in 1961 by the guitarist João Gilberto. A year later, in 1962, it was recorded by the American guitarist Charlie Bryd – and many times since then. That year, the American entertainment magazine Billboard (also known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200), listed Charlie Byrd’s recording of O Barquinho in the column of singles with “strong sales potential”. Indeed, it was to become one of Menescal’s most famous songs.