Larisa Dolina is one of the most famous Soviet and Russian jazz and pop musicians. She also starred in several musical movies. One of them - We Are From Jazz (1984) - tells the story of a Soviet student who forms a band and invites famous singer Clementine Fernandez from Cuba, played by Dolina, to perform.
She also recorded a song for the Soviet-Vietnamese movie Coordinates of Death (1985). The film depicts the events of the sixties and seventies and follows Jane Francis, played by actress Tatyana Lebedeva, as she travels across America
She often visits the U.S. on tour, performing her songs in both English and Russian.
Star of the Soviet and Russian stage, Alla Pugacheva toured Finland and Sweden in 1984 to 1985, where she landed a spot on the popular TV show Jacob’s Ladder. In December 1984, she was awarded a “Gold Disc” from Finland’s Track Music company.
In 1985, she recorded the album Watch Out! with ABBA’s backing vocalists. A year later it was
Alexander Gradsky was one of the first rock
In 1980, Igor Nikolayev was playing in Alla Pugacheva’s band. He also wrote songs for her and other artists. He recorded his first solo album in 1986. The next year he began touring with Pugacheva in
In 1988, he hosted the Grammy Awards. What’s more, Nikolayev landed a part in the Swedish TV show called Jacob’s Ladder, alongside Pugacheva. In 1989, he recorded the song Aquarius 1999 in collaboration with Lisa Nilsson – the duo was popular in the Soviet Union and Scandinavian countries.
Nikolayev also wrote songs for U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper’s Cold Sky album and Sweden singer Tommy Körberg’s The Kingdom of the Carnival Mirrors. Nikolayev still writes and performs music, but only in Russian.
Boris Grebenshchikov is known as one of the founders of Soviet and Russian rock music. He is the frontman of the band Aquarium, which was formed in 1972 and still performs today. Nevertheless, in 1989, he recorded the English-language album Radio Silence. It only reached 198th in the Billboard 200, despite a cameo by the famous Eurythmics. He even made an appearance on the David Letterman’s Late Show in New York.
This is probably the only Soviet band that’s famous abroad.
In total, they sold around 300,000 copies of the record in the U.S. However, in Denmark and
From 1988 to 1993, Soviet pop singer Alexander Serov toured Germany (where he sang with the likes of Dieter Bolen), Israel, Canada, and the U.S. He also performed with prominent Soviet jazz vocalist Irina Otieva, sometimes in English.
The song Goodbye - written by composer Igor Krutoy - was sung in both in Russian and English. Its Russian version is known as Wedding Flowers and is sung by Irina Allegrova to this day. Serov performed the English version in 1991.
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