The Shirelles - Baby It’s You (c.1961)
Valery Obodzinskij (Валерий Ободзинский) - Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой
A swinging 60’s version of the song “I Am Glad, ‘Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home” (Russian: Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой). The song became known to the English speaking western audience in 2010 when a 1976 recording and video by Russian baritone singer Eduard Khill became an Internet meme often referred to as “Trololo” or the “Russian Rickroll”.
The song was written by Arkady Ostrovsky. There are various myths surrounding the song and its lack of lyrics, some saying they were banned by Soviet authorities. Arkady Ostrovsky’s son, Mikhail, gives another version of the vocalise story:
Nobody banned its lyrics, but my father just composed the music during the period of his disagreement with Lev Oshanin. The latter told him that the lyrics are more important in a song and that a composer is nothing without a lyricist. So Dad told him during the argument, “Well, I don’t need your verses at all, I’ll manage without them.” —Mikhail Ostrovsky
Muslim Magomaev - The Best City In The World
…Moscow celebrated City Day this weekend. Moscow traditionally celebrates its founding—this year, 866 years ago—during the first weekend in September. Even the roughest estimate suggests that there were around 1,000 different events and activities.
Moscow is the northernmost megacity on Earth, the most populous city in Europe and the 5th largest city proper in the world.
This tune is the Russian equivalent of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York for Americans.
Muslim Magomaev - Королева красоты (Beauty Queen)
…The “Soviet Sinatra”, Muslim Mahammad oglu Magomayev (Russian: Муслим Магомаев | Azerbaijani: Müslüm Məhəmməd oğlu Maqomayev, August 17, 1942 – October 25, 2008) was a Soviet and Azeri baritone operatic and pop singer of the 1960s and 1970s. He achieved iconic status in Russia and the post-Soviet countries, including his native Azerbaijan, for his vocal talent and charisma. #Rad.
Bobby Darin - Irresistible You (c.1961)
Marv Johnson - Come To Me (c.1959)
…”Come to Me" is the debut single by American singer Marv Johnson. It is notable as the first ever single to be released by what would eventually become known as Motown, on the newly-formed Tamla Records label. It also became Johnson’s first hit single after the song was nationally distributed by United Artists.
Clyde McPhatter - Lovey Dovey (c.1959)
Brook Benton - For My Baby (c.1961)
Dolly Parton - Don’t Drop Out (c.1966)
Dolly doing her best Shangri-Las impersonation. This was the B-side to her “Control Yourself” single. Released on Monument Records, USA c.1966.
Serge Gainsbourg - Requiem Pour Un Con (c.1968)
Serge Gainsbourg cut “Requiem pour un Con” in 1968
for Jean Gabin’s film Le Pacha.
Jesse Belvin - Let’s Try Romance
Every time I hear your name
My heart is bippin’ and boppin’, oh bippin’ in vain.
Johnnie Taylor - You’re Good For Me (c.1969)
The Delfonics - Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love) - c.1969
…used as the basis of the Fugees’ Ready Or Not
Frankie Valli - Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (c.1967)