Years after his bossa nova version of Paul McCartney's song The Fool on the Hill, Sergio Mendes received a letter from the Beatle thanking him for his interpretation.
Burt Bacharach was similarly appreciative of what Mendes did with The Look of Love.
In the late 1960s, Mendes and Brasil '66 were a kind of machine for making hits, thanks to the pianist's ability to "Brazilianise", as he puts it, other people's songs.
"Brazilian music is a special kind of music," he says on the telephone from Los Angeles, where, now 77, he has lived for many years. "I'm making a new record right now, and people come in to listen and they immediately have a smile on their face because it makes them feel good.
"It's joyful and it's positive, and I like that very much. That's what I've been doing for a long time: beautiful songs, great melodies, great harmonies and rhythms."
Source: John Shand/canberratimes.com.au