Charlie Byrd


Charlie Byrd (September 16, 1925 - December 2, 1999) was a highly acclaimed jazz guitarist with a flair for Brazilian music, especially bossa nova, who became famous beginning in the early 1960s. His best known songs include the Top 20 instrumental smash, "Desafinado" (1962), performed with fellow jazz great Stan Getz.

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Desafinado (1962)
  • Meditation (Meditacao) (1963)

Pop charts debut year: 1962

Years active: 1957-1999

Genres: Bossa nova, Latin jazz, swing

Labels: Verve, Savoy, Riverside, Columbia, Concord Jazz


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