… In 1959, the year that bossa nova burst onto the Brazilian music scene, Sarah Vaughn, Nat “King” Cole, and Billy Eckstine were in Brazil — Vaughan, at least, had heard bossa nova. In 1960, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr. went over there, and not only did Lena sing “Bim-bom” at the Copacabana Place and smooch with  Joāo Gilberto, but Sammy Davis was accompanied, at the Record Theater in Sāo Paulo, by Hélcio Milito and his tamba, the percussion section that would be the leading feature of Tamba Trio. …

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