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'Girl from Ipanema' turns 50

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FILE -  In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, two men play soccer at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema" is turning 50, and to its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened its allure. The tune inspired by a young woman who passed the songwriters in a beach side bar on her way to the waters of Ipanema beach, carries within its chords and lyrics an image of a city that's light and easy, palm trees and blue sky, a sun-kissed life without care. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

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The quintessential tune was inspired by Heloisa "Helo" Pinheirowhen she passed the songwriters in a beach side bar on her way to the sea, 50 years ago. To its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened the song's allure, adding a wash of nostalgia to this hymn to passing youth and beauty. At 68, Pinheiro has two TV shows roles and is planning to launch a book in English about her past.

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