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    Eduard Khil took it to another level.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f_Vjz66gh8


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul F View Post
    Eduard Khil took it to another level.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f_Vjz66gh8
    If I am not mistaken, there were, at least, three different vocalists who did this song, including Magomayev (above in the "Beauty Queen" and Obodzinsky (from a few pages ago).

    For those still mildly interested, the song composer Abram Ostrovsky had an argument with his long-time lyricist Lev Oshanin and had to use another poet for this song. The poet thought it had a sort of a country&western beat and came up with the appropriate verses but, when they went to record it - and that was done virtually live - the most powerful and very pro-government orchestra conductor said, "We don't want to do these these foreign words. Just do the melody".

    Ostrovsky had connections too but the wordless version stood. Probably because he didn't have to share any royalties.

    Abram also wrote one of the rare songs that found its way across the Soviet borders. It was a children song in the USSR.



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    So, while surfing the net - both Google and Yandex - I found a recent Bradley Cooper appearance on some French talk show. In France. In French. Which Cooper seems to speak quite fluently, although he was wearing an earpiece. The host asks, "So, what music do you listen to you these days?" Then they both break out in laughter and, over the PA system, we hear classic Soviet children tunes. I watch it in amazement. then Cooper explains that he and Irina Shayk have a (now 2 YO) daughter and she listens to those songs whenever she's awake and he knows those songs by heart.

    And so do I.



    And here's Mr. Tro-lolo Eduard Khil himself with "2x2=4"






    PS. All of the above songs were written by Vladimir Shayinsky, who passed away in December, 2017 in San Diego at the age of 92. This was probably his biggest hit, "Cheburashka", also a kids tune. And very likely to be indelibly entrenched into Bradley Cooper's psyche soon enough.



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    A protest song from the 80's:



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