The new emphasis on this website starts with one of Jobim’s best known songs, recorded more than a hundred times until today, and introduced more than once, in a way. Internationally, Vivo Sonhando was first released by Antônio Carlos Jobim himself in 1963 on his album The Composer of Desafinado Plays. The album, recorded at Verve Studios in New York and arranged by Claus Ogerman, was issued in Brazil not until the next year by Elenco as Antônio Carlos Jobim. In Brazil, the song was first released in 1963 by Os Cariocas on their album Mais Bossa com Os Cariocas.
The very first recording of Vivo Sonhando was made a few months before the release of The Composer of Desafinado Plays, when Stan Getz and João Gilberto chose it as the closing song on their album Getz/Gilberto, featuring the composer on piano. But the album remained in the vaults of Verve Records until 1964, when its release created the bossa nova craze in the US, initiated by the tremendous success of the opening track, The Girl form Ipanema, which introduced Astrud Gilberto as uncredited vocalist. In the US, Vivo Sonhando was subsequently recorded by jazz musicians like Gary McFarland, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan.
Leny Andrade recorded two intruiging interpretations of Vivo Sonhando, first in 1964 on her live album A Arte Maior de Leny Andrade, then followed by a stirring duet with Pery Ribeiro in 1965 on their live album Gemini V – Show na Boate Porão 73.
Interestingly, Sylvia Telles seems to be the only one who ever issued the song as a single with her 1964 release of Vivo Sonhando b/w Samba do Avião, accompanying the album Bossa Session. She re-recorded Vivo Sonhando again the next year in the US, sumptuously arranged and conducted by Lindolpho Gaya, on her tribute album Sylvia Telles Sings the Wonderful Songs of Antônio Carlos Jobim.
Canadian Gene Lees, who studied guitar with Oscar Castro Neves, provided the English lyrics as he did earlier for several other songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim. These were used also by Astrud Gilberto when she featured Vivo Sonhando on her solo debut The Astrud Gilberto Album in 1965, arranged by Marty Paich.
In 1967, yet again for Verve Records, Luiz Henrique’s exquisite interpretation, featuring Sivuca on accordion, was one of the last versions of Vivo Sonhando of the 60s.
Selected recordings of Vivo Sonhando:
1. Antônio Carlos Jobim from the album The Composer of Desafinado Plays aka Antônio Carlos Jobim (1963, Verve Records [USA] V6-8547 + 1964, Elenco ME-9)
2. Os Cariocas from the album Mais Bossa com Os Cariocas (1963, Philips P 632.177 L)
3. Stan Getz & João Gilberto featuring Antônio Carlos Jobim from the album Getz/Gilberto (1964, Verve Records [USA] V6-8545)
4. Sylvia Telles from the album Bossa Session (1964, Elenco ME-13)
5. Dom Um Romão from the album Dom Um (1964, Philips P 632.713 L)
6. Héctor Costita from the album Impacto (1964, Fermata FB 97)
7. Dick Farney from the album Dick Farney (1964, Elenco ME-15)
Art work for Dick Farney by Eddie Moyna with photographs by Francisco Pereira
8. Zimbo Trio from the album Zimbo Trio (1964, RGE XRLP 5253)
9. Eumir Deodato from the album Inútil Paisagem – As Maiores Composições de Antônio Carlos Jobim (1964, Forma FM-1)
10. Sérgio Mendes from the album Bossa Nova York (1964, Elenco MEV-2)
Art work for Bossa Nova York by Eddie Moyna with uncredited photograph
11. Geraldo Cunha from the album Quem Tem Bossa Faz Assim (1964, Audio Fidelity AFLP 2012)
12. Leny Andrade from the album A Arte Maior de Leny Andrade (1964, Polydor LPNG 4097)
13. Leny Andrade & Pery Ribeiro with Bossa Três from the album Gemini V – Show na Boate Porão 73 (1965, Odeon MOFB 3445)
14. Caçulinha from the album Samba’ação (1965, Continental PPL 12192)
15. Os Tatuís from the album Os Tatuís (1965, Farroupilha LPFA-410)
16. Sylvia Telles from the album Sylvia Telles Sings the Wonderful Songs of Antônio Carlos Jobim (1965, Kapp Records [USA] KL-1451 and 1966, Elenco MEV-5)
Art work for The Music of Mr Jobim by Sylvia Telles by Eddie Moyna with photograph by Francisco Pereira
17. Ipanema Pop Orchestra from the album Bossa Nova For Swingin’ Lovers (1965, London/Odeon LLB 1001)
18. Balanço Trio from the album Ritmo… Bossa… Balanço (1965, Imperial/Odeon IMP 30.076)
19. Bossa Três from the album Bossa Três em Forma! (1965, Forma FM-6)
20. Astrud Gilberto from the album The Astrud Gilberto Album (1965, Verve Records [USA] V6-8608) and Elenco MEV-4)
Art work for The Astrud Gilberto Album by Eddie Moyna with uncredited photograph
21. Walter Wanderley from the album O Autêntico Walter Wanderley (1965, Philips P 632.757 L)
22. Claudette Soares from the album Claudette Soares (1965, Mocambo LP 40283)
23. Garôto from the album Garôto + Sexteto (1966, Farroupilha LPFA-412)
25. Conjunto 707 from the album Fórmula 707 (1966, Chantecler CMG 2359)
26. Luiz Henrique from the album Barra Limpa (1967, Verve Records V6-8697)
Vivo Sonhando performed by Claudette Soares on the TV show Primeiro Plano (1964 or 1965)
Vivo sonhando • Sonhando mil horas sem fim • Tempo em que vou perguntando • Se gostas de mim • Tempo de falar em estrelas • Falar de um mar • De um céu assim • Falar do bem que se tem mas você não vem • Não vem
Você não vindo • Não vindo a vida tem fim • Gente que passa sorrindo • zombando de mim • E eu a falar em estrelas, mar, amor, luar • Pobre de mim que só sei te amar
Why are my eyes always full of this vision of you • Why do I dream silly dreams that I fear won’t come true • I long to show you the stars • Caught in the dark of the sea • I long to speak of my love but you don’t come to me
So I go on asking if maybe one day you’ll care • I tell my sad little dreams to the soft evening air • I am quite hopeless it seems, two things I know how to do • One is to dream • Two is loving you
[English lyrics by Gene Lees]