Aida Vedishcheva, Soviet singer
Aida Vedishcheva (born Ida Weis) is a Soviet singer, who in the 1960s contributed songs to several film soundtracks, including The Small Song About Bears, Help Me, Forest Deer, Bear-mama Lullaby, and Chunga-Changa.
Aida was born on June 10, 1941 in Kazan. In 1951 her family moved to Irkutsk in Siberia, where Aida finished Music School. She graduated from the Institute of foreign languages, where she studied German and English languages.
Her singing career began in the 1960s. In 1966 she began performing with the Meloton ensemble as well as the Vocal-instrumental ensemble (VIE) Blue Guitars led by Igor Granov.
Her song Forest Deer was recognized as the Song of the Year, but on the television it was performed by the Loktev ensemble.
In 1980 Aida with her mother and son emigrated to the United States, where she entered the four-year theater college to learn American cinematography and dance.
When Vedishcheva left Russia in 1980, she had sold more than 30 million albums. Her songs were featured on the soundtracks of the most popular Russian movies of the decade.
In the USA she created her own theatrical troupe and a show on the TV in California. Vedishcheva, under the pseudonym Amazing Aida, performed the American repertoire: songs of popular Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies, and beside them the songs of Michel Legrand, Russian and Gypsy romance songs, as well as Jewish traditional songs.
In 1998 Vedishcheva put on the show Miss Liberty for the new millennium. After the September 11 attacks, she wrote the musical Masterpiece And The Singing Liberty, and dedicated it to the Statue of Liberty. The musical was performed on Broadway in 2007.
Her first husband was Vyacheslav Vedishchev, acrobat. They have son Vladimir, a businessman and musician.
Boris Dvernik, pianist, director of the ensemble Meloton, became her second husband.
Third husband – Jay Markoff, a businessman.
Fourth husband – Naim Begim.
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