Thursday, December 10, 2009

Leonid Utyosov, Odessa, Ukraine

Leonid Osipovich Utyosov (21 March 1895, Odessa – 9 March 1982, Moscow), was a famous Soviet jazz singer and comic actor of jewish origin, who became the first pop singer to be awarded the prestigious title of People's Artist of the USSR (1965).
His rendition of the popular song "Shalandy" (also known as "Boats full of mallet") by composer Nikita Bogoslovsky, was expremely popular in Russia, albeit the song was banned by the Soviet authorities. During the 1950s and 1960s, Utyosov was censored by the Soviet authorities, and his performances were limited. He lived in Moscow for the rest of his life, albeit in many of his songs Utyosov alluded to his native town of Odessa, where a monument to him was opened in 2000.

Sent by Aleks, he wrote some words in ukrainian on it and for me seemed it very similar to russian:)

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