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It was released by Verve Records at the height of the Bossa Nova craze in the United States, and featured the two most popular Bossa Nova musicians at the time: vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley. A 1998 CD reissue added two songs recorded during the same sessions that yielded the album.
The song was first popularized by the Walter Wanderley Trio in 1966 — the album Rain Forest on which it was issued reached platinum status in 1970   — also reaching the . "Easy Listening" chart in versions by Johnny Mathis , Vikki Carr , and Connie Francis during that same year. In fact, at least one source claims that three different versions were on the Billboard charts at the same time in 1966.  Allmusic has said of Wanderley's version, "His recording ... is regarded as perhaps a more definitive bossa tune than " Girl From Ipanema ."  Wanderley's version was the biggest seller in the ., reaching #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, (#3 on the Easy Listening chart) , and is still a favourite on Adult Standards radio stations.