Saturday, July 2, 2011

"The Song Of The Volga Boatmen"

OK, more 1800's: Inspired by Ilya Repin's famous painting of "burlaks" from the days of Tsarist Russia, this traditional shipboard working song was first published by Mily Balakirev in 1866. Popularized by Russian basso Feodor Chaliapin. Glenn Miller's jazz adaptation topped the charts in '41. It has become a musical symbol of toil, doom, despair and devotion to duty. Used frequently in Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny and The Three Stooges shorts.

Yesterday's answer: "Stranger In Paradise". I grew up listening to Bing Crosby's (my Dad's fave) version on the old Hi-Fi.

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