Lyudmila Zykina, National voice of Russia
Lyudmila Zykina was a true legend of the Soviet music. Her voice was the best in the USSR and her songs were the national treasure of a large country.
She sang at the best concert halls of the country, collaborated with the best composers and orchestras of the Soviet Union.
Future People’s Artist of the USSR was born on June 10, 1929 in an ordinary family in Moscow. Her childhood was very simple – lessons at school, games with friends. But World War II had changed everything. In difficult years, 12-year-old Lyuda worked as a turner at the Moscow Machine-Tool Plant. She even was awarded the title “Honored Ordzhonikidzovets”. After the war Zykina worked as a nurse and then as a seamstress. However, she dreamed of becoming a pilot.
Her singing career began almost by accident. The girl decided to try her hand as a singer and took part in the All-Russia competition of young singers, which was held in 1947. 18-year-old Luda, talented girl with unforgettable voice, became a soloist of the Pyatnitskiy National Choir. But in 1949 she left it and began to work at the Moscow Printing House.
In 1951, Zykina began performing with the Union Radio choir and in 1960 she became a solo singer. She toured in many cities, from Siberia to Kamchatka, from the Urals to the Far East.
Famous artists, politicians and military leaders of the USSR admired her voice.
The main theme of her songs was Culture of Russia.
Zykina also toured in all the Soviet republics. Her songs were loved, especially in Azerbaijan. And in the Land of Fire Lyudmila received her first title of People’s Artist. It happened in 1972.
In 1973, the singer was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the USSR.
In 1977, already a famous and popular singer, Zykina became leader and soloist of the Russian folk ensemble “Russia”.
She was loved and respected, famous composers wanted to work with her.
She was the member of the Soviet Peace Fund, worked in the Moscow Children’s Fund and took care of the children from orphanages.
Lyudmila was a favorite singer of Leonid Brezhnev, Kim IL-sung and his son Kim Jong-IL.
The asteroid 4879 Zykina is named after her.
Lyudmila had been married four times. Her first husband was engineer Vladlen Pozdnov, second was photojournalist Evgeny Svalov, Soviet translator and foreign languages teacher Vladimir Kotelkin became her third suppose.
With her fourth husband virtuoso accordionist Victor Gridin Zykina lived for 17 years.