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A Day in the Life of a Fool--Luiz Bonfa:

Originally written for the 1959 Brazilian film Orteu Negro (Black Orpheus), the song Manhã de Carnaval (AKA A Day in the Life of a Fool , Carnaval, and The Theme from Black Orpheus) became an international hit for composer Luis Bonfa' in 1960.  


Directed by French director Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and features the song several times.  Black Orpheus brought the song and the genre of Bossa Nova (a fusion of samba and jazz) to the attention of international audiences and helped fuel the popularity of both.


Carl Sigman, a successful songwriter in his own right, added a new set of lyrics in English in 1965 unrelated to the film.  That version, A Day in the Life of a Fool, was first recorded in 1966 by Jack Jones and later, by Frank Sinatra.  The melody has been covered in instrumental form by a wide array of artists, including Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, Quincy Jones, Cal Tjader, Jose Feliciano, Percy Faith, and Vince Guaraldi.


A Day in the Life of a Fool

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