The song was written in 1958 by Antônio Carlos Jobim. The lyricist was Vinícius de Moraes. This tune inaugurated what would be later called ‘the bossa nova sound’. The first version, by Elizete Cardoso in her album ‘Canção do Amor Demais’ clearly evokes the European lied tradition, but it also includes many jazz idiomatic elements at the harmonic level. The master lines of the piece (at the rhythmic and intervalic levels) clearly evoke the Brazilian universe; a beautiful syncretism among the African, European and American.
The song in English was entitled “The Happy Madness”. Gene Lees wrote the lyrics for this version.
Jobim’s sister, Helena, said that Jobim wrote this composition at their parents house, in Poço Fundo, inspired by the rain.
I love the original version by Elizete Cardoso, and also Joe Henderson’s, some decades later, in his tribute album to Jobim ‘Double Rainbow’ (with the great Herbie Hancock on piano!).