Maiya Crystalinskaya was a famous Soviet pop singer, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1974).
Pretty girl was born on February 24, 1932 in Moscow into Russian-Jewish family.
After school the girl entered the Moscow Aviation Institute.
In 1957, Cristalinskaya won the Moscow International Festival of Youth and Students where she performed with an amateur ensemble First Steps by Yuri Saulsky. In the same year she married writer Arkady Arkanov. But their marriage was short-lived. Architect and sculptor Edward Barclay became her second husband.
In 1960, she recorded Masha’s song for the movie Thirst and became popular in the Soviet Union.
By the way, Maiya became the first performer of the legendary song Tenderness (1966) written by Russian composer Alexandra Pakhmutova. In 1966, Maiya was named the Singer of the Year.