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Dedication by Tom Jobim (1976)

Dedication by Tom Jobim (1976)

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In 1976, Bossa Nova genius Tom Jobim gave a happy dedication to a friend on his last vinyl.

Dedication in pencil on the loose back cover (without the cover or the disc, the third image is just illustrative) of the LP Urubu (1976) by Tom Jobim for his friend Júlio Rego. In Portuguese. A hard sheet. 24.2 cm x 30.7 cm. Rio de Janeiro, August 21, 1976. Yellowed paper, some of the original colors have disappeared and a small tear on the right side: however, nothing that would harm the texts and the dedication. Excellent overall condition. Single piece.

* Nothing like wings
Ocean of Heaven

Julio Rego
you are a donation
unlimited to one
eternal ingratitude
Give Give Give
the secret of yours
courage!!! stay alive
for us!

Your friends
Tom Jobim
Rio, 8/21/76

Musician, author and legendary bossa nova composer, Tom Jobim (1927 - 1994) left an indelible mark on Brazilian music, jazz and simply the history of 20th century music. Bossas, sambas, choros and other Brazilian rhythms, popular and ultra-sophisticated songs from a melodic and harmonic point of view, but also some pieces of classical music, his works of art are endless: Chega de Saudade (1958), Desafinado (1959) or Aguas March (1972), for example. He produced more than 50 albums with impressive musical partners such as Vinícius de Moraes, Chico Buarque, Toquinho, Dolores Duran, Newton Mendonça or Aloysio de Oliveira.

Tom Jobim became world famous in 1963 with one of his compositions written in a bar in Rio de Janeiro: Girl from Ipanema. This song, whose original lyrics are by Vinicius de Moraes, had several versions, including one in English, interpreted by Frank Sinatra, which was very successful. For his legacy, the International Airport of Rio de Janeiro and a bronze statue of the singer and composer from the famous Ipanema Beach, honor Antônio Carlos Jobim, the genius of Brazilian popular music.

Here it is not known exactly who Júlio Rego was (probably a harmonica player who collaborated with Jobim) nor the precise meaning of this mysterious dedication, but some parts are known:

  • "Nothing like wings, ocean from the sky" is an excerpt from the prose of this album Urubu, which introduced the public to classics such as "Lígia" and "Correnteza", re-recorded several times later, by great names in music: Jereba is an important urubu and by this gained many names.[...]. Nothing like wings. Ocean from the sky. Prosecutor vulture. Vulture-finding. That you know from above what is hidden on the ground of the virgin forest and the many perfumes that rise from the world. And the advantages of a fire. And what the highway offers. Eternal watchman of an imperishable time. Guardian of two absurdities [...].
  • And the "(You are a) unlimited donation to eternal ingratitude" is a verse from the poem "Amar" (1951) by Carlos Drummond de Andrade.

Tom Jobim is one of the legends of Brazilian music, one of the inspirations of Bossa Nova: he is known worldwide for his compositions. His autograph documents are extremely rare appearing on the market, this dedication is triply interesting: the text, extensive, brings famous references and is on the back cover of one of his most famous albums, released in 1976, at the height of the artist.

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