Alla Bayanova: Hey You, My Friend The Guitar
Here is a gypsy song by the legendary Russian singer Alla Bayanova, who celebrated in 2003 the 80th anniversary of her stage performance!
Alla Nikolayevna Bayanova (1914-2011) is sometimes compared with Édith Piaf for her simple yet dramatic style of performance.
She was born in Kishinev in the family of an opera singer, who moved to Paris in 1918 after Romania took over Bessarabia. She debuted on the stage as an assistant to her father at the age of 9.
By 1927, she was already performing solo. Two years later, her family moved to Belgrade, while Bayanova went on touring Germany, Greece, Palestine, and Egypt.
In 1931, she married a local aristocrat and made several recordings of tangos (e.g. Columbia, His Master's Voice).
In the 1960s and 1970s, while still living in Romania, Bayanova issued eight LPs. The Romanian government, however, pressed her into migrating to the USSR in 1988. Thereupon she settled in Moscow, making occasional appearances on the Russian television. She was named People's Artist of Russian Federation. Most recently, she collaborated with Marc Almond on several duets on his record "Heart on snow" (where he makes a duet with Lyudmila Zykina too, Bayanova's favorite singer).