In the midst of the heyday of the Ivy League Look came the short-lived music trend known as bossa nova. It hailed from Brazil and was soon picked up by many American musicians, even Frank Sinatra.
One of the genre’s biggest hits was “A Day In The Life Of A Fool,” by composer Luis Bonfa, which appears in the 1959 film “Black Orpheus.” The English lyrics to the song are, in keeping with the era, simple but poignant.
Below are several versions, a smooth one by jazz saxophonist Paul Desmond:
A vibraphone-led rendition by the Modern Jazz Quartet:
… and finally pop singer Jack Jones.
May this be a lovely day in the life of fools everywhere. — CC