August 07, 2001

The Latin Recording Academy (LARAS) has announced the 17 honorees to inaugurate the newly launched Latin GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Among the initial recordings inducted are Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Garota de Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema)," arguably the most popular Brazilian song of all time; Carlos Santana's 1970 remake of the Tito Puente classic "Oye como va," which popularized the Latin rock sound; Don Azpiazu's version of "El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)," which was the first Cuban hit in the U.S.; João Gilberto's Chega da Saudade, the album that helped establish the birth of bossa nova; Javier Solís' 1960 version of the classic love song, "Sabor a mí"; and the original 1948 version of Concierto de Aranjuez, Spain's most popular musical ever, among 11 others.

The Latin GRAMMY Hall of Fame was established this year by the Latin Recording Academy to honor recordings of enduring quality and relevance or historical significance. Recordings can be either single tracks or full-length albums. Balloting is open to recordings released more than 25 years ago, and inductees are selected by a panel of respected professionals from the recording arts field, including musicologists and historians.

"The Latin GRAMMY Hall of Fame is one of the Latin Recording Academy's proudest achievements, spotlighting recorded musical masterpieces that have significantly impacted musical history for many generations," said Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy® and Latin Recording Academy. "This year's inaugural selections are timeless recordings which embody classic compositions that truly have set the precedence for excellence."

The Latin GRAMMY Hall of Fame was created to serve as a reminder and celebration of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all major categories of Latin music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Latin Recording Academy has become renowned.

Latin GRAMMY Hall of Fame 2001 Inductees

ADIOS NONINO (Album)
Astor Piazzolla
Trova Argentina (Today's Jam)
Traditional, 1969

BÉSAME MUCHO (Single)
Pedro Vargas
RCA
Tropical, 1941

CAETANO VELOSO (Album)
Caetano Veloso
Philips (Today's Universal)
Brazilian, 1967

CHEGA DE SAUDADE (Album)
João Gilberto
Odeon
Brazilian, 1959

THE COMPOSER OF DESAFINADO PLAYS (Album)
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Verve - USA
Brazilian, 1963

CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ (Album)
Regino Sainz de la Maza y Orquesta Nacional de España
Columbia
Classical, 1948

DESAFINADO (Single)
João Gilberto
Odeon
Brazilian, 1958

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