Valery Leontev - Margarita

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Valeri Leontev sings the song Margarita in the very first video clip ever in the Soviet Union.


Elsewhere on this site can read that, in 1986, the Russian composer of popular tunes Yuri Aleksandrovich Chernavsky (°1947) had written the song Margarita for the then hardly known singer Sergey Yuryevich Minaev (°1962). The lyrics had been written by the poet Aleksander Markevich and were inspired by Margarita's flight on the broom.

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Without waiting for the release of the record of Minaev, Chernavsky proposed to Valery Leontev to make a new version of this song with new arrangements. In 1990, the song was released on Leontev’s album Грешный путь [Greshny Put] or Path of Sin. Movie director Vadim Korotkov (°1960) and script writer Yuri Vyacheslavovich Grymov (°1965) were asked to make the first video clip ever in the Soviet Union.

With his version of Margarita, Valery Leontev won the television contest Песня 89 [Pesnya 89] or The Song of '89. He would reinterpret the song again several times, including a version with the famous Choir of the Russian Army from St. Petersburg. In 2009 he had the idea to sing it in a duet with the French singer Patricia Kaas, who is very popular in Russia. However, we do not know if that ever happened.

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