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Edita Piekha

Edita Piekha

Edita Piekha


Edita Piekha is a popular singer and actress in Russia and in the states of the former Soviet Union, People’s Artist of USSR (1988). A peculiar Polish-French accent, from which the performer wanted to get rid of, only added mystery to her image. Today Edita’s compositions are the Golden Fund of Soviet and Russian pop. Russian Edith Piaf, so she is called in the West, is loved and known far beyond Russia.
Awesome girl was born on July 31, 1937 in Nual-su-Lance, France.
In 1946 young Edita with her mother and stepfather, returned to Poland. There she studied at the Walbrzych State College of Pedagogy, graduating with honors in 1955, majoring in Russian language. That same year she was sent on a scholarship to continue her studies at the Leningrad State University. There she studied Psychology and languages, and also was active in student concerts as a singer.
By the way, she was invited by Russian composer Aleksandr Bronevitsky to perform with his band Druzhba (Friendship) in the popular TV show New Year’s Eve on December 31, 1955.
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Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss love story

Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss

Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss

The fate of the great Austrian composer Johann Strauss (1825-1899), whose waltzes are known all over the world, was linked with Russia, where in 1868 he met a rich girl. That meeting changed his life.
Johann Strauss II, as they call him in the music world, tried to prove to the world that he was the King of Waltz and not his father, also Johann Strauss, who was known in Austria as one of the most famous and talented composers.
Ambitious and really talented, Strauss’s father glorified waltz and was able to get fame not only in Vienna, but also throughout Europe. Children who were born in the family every year, almost did not see their father. Besides, he had a mistress, who also gave birth to seven children. But Strauss Sr. wasn’t ashamed and did not suffer from guilt.
Little Johann once vowed to overshadow his talent. Decisive, courageous and hardworking, he devoted himself to music lessons and kept it secret from ambitious parent.
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Natalia Gulkina

Natalia Gulkina - Russian singer

Natalia Gulkina – Russian singer


Natalia Gulkina is a Soviet and Russian pop singer, former lead singer of the Russian female pop group Mirazh.
Cute girl was born on February 20, 1964 in Moscow.
To tell the truth, Natalia tried to enter musical school, but failed at the first examination due to the absence of support. One year later Gulkina tried again and began to sing in a jazz studio. There, in 1987, she was noticed by composer Andrei Lityagin. He was looking for soloists for the new project Mirazh. In summer 1988 Gulkina left the band due to financial disagreements. Andrei Razin persuaded Natasha to work together.
In January, 1989 Natasha and composer Leonid Velichkovsky released the first album My Little Prince. The new band was named Zvyezdy (Stars). But in 1992 the band’s name disappeared from posters.
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Lada Dance

Lada Dance, popular Soviet and Russian singer

Lada Dance, popular Soviet and Russian singer


Lada Dance is a popular Soviet and Russian jazz and dance music singer, actress. Her real name is Lada Volkova. By the way, her popularity peaked between 1992 and 1996, and then she abandoned her career. In the late 1990s, she also worked as an erotic model for some time. You know, in December 1996 the girl appeared on the cover of Playboy. In 2002 she played one of the lead characters in the Russian TV sitcom Balzac Age, which was called Russian Sex and the City.
Beautiful Lada was born on September 11, 1972 in Kaliningrad. In 80s she moved from her home town to conquer Moscow. At the final concert of the pop songs festival Jurmala-88, Lada met Alina Vitebskaya and Svetlana Lazareva. And soon the girls form a trio Female Council (Zhensovet). Alina’s husband Khariton Vitebskiy, became their producer.
Three charming girls in miniskirts and flashy red armbands Female Council on the sleeves immediately became popular and often end up various TV programs. Instead of songs about love the girls decided to sing songs about social problems. Soon such songs became unfashionable and the trio broke up.
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Katya Ryabova, young singer

Katya Ryabova, young singer

Katya Ryabova, young singer


Katya Ryabova is a Russian singer.
Ekaterina was born on August 4, 1997 in the small town Schelkovo not far from Moscow. Then her family moved to the town Yubileiny of the Moscow region. The girl started singing when she was a little child. Beautiful girl has sister Anastasia.
Also she is a member of the children’s vocal studio SvetAfor and takes choreography classes in the classic ballet studio Fairy-tale.
In 2009 Ryabova won the national final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and represented Russia at the Junior Eurovision in Kiev with the song Malenkiy Prinz (The Little Prince). As a result, she became the runner-up of the show.
By the way, in 2011, she became the first returning artist in Junior Eurovision history. That time she represented her country with the song Kak Romeo i Dzhulyetta (Like Romeo and Juliet) and took the fourth place.
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Proskuryakova Yuliya, Igor Nikolaev’s wife

Proskuryakova Yuliya, Igor Nikolaev wife

Proskuryakova Yuliya, Igor Nikolaev’s wife


Proskuryakova Yuliya is an aspiring Russian singer, wife of the famous composer and singer Igor Nikolaev. They got married in 2009. (Igor is 22 years older than Yuliya). In the fall of 2015, Yuliya gave birth to their daughter Veronica.
The girl was born on August 11, 1982 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). From 13 to 17 years old Yuliya was a part of the VIA Alyonushka.
Actually, Yuliya hasn’t got any special musical education, but she has a natural vocal talent.
She is the constant participant of many young performers’ contests.
In 2004 Proskuryakova graduated from the Ural State Law Academy. You know, she participated in the competition among the students of the Russian universities Voice of Russia-2000 in Samara. There Yuliya received the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize.
In addition, Yuliya took part in the musical TV projects Popstars, People’s Artist, and Musical Ring.
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Sofia Rotaru, famous Soviet singer

sofia rotaru

Sofia Rotaru, famous Soviet singer

Sofia Rotaru is a Soviet-Russian, Ukrainian and Moldavian pop singer-songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress and fashion icon. She is often called the Queen of Pop. For the strength of voice Sofia was called Nightingale from Bukovina.
Actually, she was the first female pop singer in history to receive the award People’s Artist of the USSR in 1986.
Beautiful girl was born on August 7, 1947 in Marshintsy village, Chernovtsy region. Until 1940 the village, where the singer was born, was a part of Romania. After the war the area was attached to the Ukraine. The girl was the second of six children in a family of winegrowers. To tell the truth, Sofia celebrates her birthday twice. Due to a mistake her birthday in passport is August 9.
Her blind elder sister Zinaida, who had unique hearing, taught the future star to sing. Sofia Mikhailovna calls her the most favorite teacher. Their father also loved to sing and had a beautiful voice.
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