KATYUSHA

Latest update on 03/06/2019

Artist: Lydiya Ruslanova
Author: Matvei Blanter/Mikhail Isakovsky
Label: Melodya
Year: 1938

Russian state singer during the thirties, front singer during WW II and a political prisoner after the war. Venerated by her fellow prisoners, she soon faced solitary confinement. Released after Stalin's death in '53, she started singing again until her own death in '72. This was her signature song, not a folk song, composed by Matvei Blanter on a poem by Mikhail Isakovsky, call it propaganda and an icon long before the Casatschok. It still inspires, even a cycling team.

Covers:

1939:

Don Kosaken Chor

1943:

Felice Cascione [as Italian Partizan song Fischia Il Vento (The Wind Blows)]

1965:

Paul Mauriat [as Katioucha]

1967:

Boris Rubaschkin [who transformed the old song in Kasatschok as we know it]

1968:

Dimitri Dourakine [n°1 B & Fr as Casatschok; 'written' by Belgian keyboard player Leo Caerts Sr., ex Will Tura, also the man behind Eviva España (see there) and The Kids' first album]

1968:

Ivan Rebroff [as Katjuscha, in '70 as Casatschok; his version confused for it boosted the wrong idea this might have old Cosack roots]

1969:

Alexandrov Karazov [as Casatschok]

1969:

Viktor Klimenko [from Finland]

1969:

Dreams [hit in Ireland]

1969:

Ria Valk [as Casatschok]

1969:

Rika Zarai [as Katioucha]

1969:

Strangers

1970:

Perez Prado

1995:

Brave Combo

2000:

Tatiana [all as Casatschok]

2002:

Jo Vally [as Nee Katie]

The Casatschok, wedding dj's secret weapon. Three minutes of wodka frenzy, turning the quietest uncle into a one-man-Red Army. Shoes flying galore, coccyx banging on the floor. How many circus doggies were forced to perform their trick on this madness? First on all fours, then on two, later on one, finally without any leg. Efficient Eastern European dancefloor folklore, dragging everyone, grabbing everyone, ladies first. Meanwhile, back in the windy steppes of Central Asia, along the frozen shores of the Volga river and all over the Ukranean plain, tennant farmers, boat pullers and peat bog diggers fixate a picture of pretty Katyusha, knowing they'll never will get her.

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