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Russian Oldies Bulletin, March 2009

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[Mar 31, 2009] Amidst the din of the ball

[Mar 30, 2009] Babkina

[Mar 29, 2009] Valeriya

  1. VALERIYA - Romans - Романс -- Pretty rare, beautiful Russian romance. Very good performance
  2. Valeriya - Otcveli uzh davno chrisantemy v sadu
  3. Valeriya - "Tolko raz byvaet v zhizni vstrecha"
  4. Валерия и И.Пригожин История Любви Две звезды
  5. Валерия и Иосиф Пригожин - "Я встретил девушку"
  6. Valeriya - "Tolko raz byvaet v zhizni vstrecha"
  7. VALERIYA - Chasiki live - Часики
  8. Стас Пьеха и Валерия - Ты грустишь
  9. А.Варум, Д.Маликов и Валерия - Листья желтые
  10. Валерия - Мы вместе (Valeriya - my vmeste)
  11. Valeriya - чёрно-белый цвет
  12. Valeriya and Robin Gibb - Stayin' Alive live @ the New Wave


[Mar 21, 2009] Shirochenko

[Mar 19, 2009] Yesenin romances

[Mar 18, 2009] Glyadya na lush purpunogo zakata

Famous Russian romance

[Mar 17, 2009] Andrey Petrov

Famous composer who created music to many soviet blockbuster films.

[Mar 16, 2009] Foggy Morning / Ytro Tymannoe

Utro Tumannoye" lyric was written  by famous Russian writer Ivan Turgenev (1818 - 1883)

[Mar 14, 2009] Ya Vstretil Vas

[Mar 13, 2009] Azarova

[Mar 12, 2009] Assorted Romances

[Mar 11, 2009] Beliy Akatsii Grozya Dushistie

Из к/ф "Дни Турбиных".Муз.В.БАСНЕРА. Сл. М.МАТУСОВСКОГО.

[Mar 10, 2009] Only Once (once in a lifetime)

[Mar 9, 2009] Noch svetla

[Mar 8, 2009] Those Were the Days

Those Were the Days (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Music was written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948). The  first performer was Vertinski.  Lyrics by Gene Raskin is different from the Russian variant (although general nostalgia theme is very close), so this is a different song with the same music. Re-birth of the song  was due to  mary hopkin - those were the days-68  arranged by Paul McCartney. Mary Hopkins/Paul McCartney interpretation had a hit, yet no one knew about the origin of the melody and the original composer was never credited.  Anyway few suspect that the melody is exact copy of a Russian song.

Best performers include Mary Hopkin  Vicky Leandros, Gigliola Cinquetti,   and Dalida. Many other singers performed it, for example Helena Paparizou

English text by Gene Raskin
Once upon a time there was a tavern,
Where we used to raise a glass or two.
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
And dreamed of all the great things we would do.

Those were the days my friend,
We'd thought they'd never end,
We'd sing and dance for-ever and a day,
We'd live the life we choose,
We'd fight and never lose,
For we were young and sure to have our way.
Lalala lah lala, lalala lah lala
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days.

Then the busy years when rushing by us.
We lost our starry notions on the way.
If by chance I'd see you in the tavern,
We'd smile at one another and we'd say:

Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
Nothing seemed the way it used to be.
In the glass I saw a strange reflection,
Was that lonely person really me.

Through the door there came familiar laughter.
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser,
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same.

Russian performances

French version Le temps des fleurs is a single made famous by French singer Dalida but I prefer Vicky Leandros performance.  It was released in 1968.

This is one of my most favourite songs. It is the only song from her that I like very much. However, the song is originally Russian...  Namely, I was quite surprised when I discovered that the song was exact copy of Russian song "Dorogoj Dlinnoju" from 1920s (I heard it on a new CD of Manca Izmajlova).
Other artists

richpat (8 months ago)

Not an exact copy (crunchy3d) the music was written by Boris Fomin who was Russian, the Lyrics used on mary's version were writtrn by Gene Raskin, an American, he and his partner Francesca were the duo whom Paul McCartney heard singing the song, which he later produced for Mary Hopkin...
The words in the Russian song you refer to "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" were written by Konstantin Podrevskii and have a different meaning.
for more information go to 


[Mar 7, 2009] Dark Eyes aka Les Yeux Noirs

Dark Eyes (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dark eyes (Ochi chornye, Black Eyes), folk song Information and Much More from

[Mar 6, 2009] My Star

[Mar 5, 2009] Larisa Golubkina

[Mar 4, 2009] Boris Shtokolov

One of the greatest Russian bass singers.

[Mar 3, 2009] Timur Shaov

[Mar 2, 2008] Contemporary romances

[Mar 01, 2009] Several little known female singers

Svetlana Kruchkova

Anna Shirochenko


Natalia Voronkina -- a young talented Russian soprano

Tanyana Shmiga

Zhanna Friske


Lena Sviridova



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