Label: Moroz Records - MR 98126 CD • Series: Легенды Русского Рока • Format: CD Compilation, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Acoustic, Rock & Roll, Classic Rock
He was one of the earliest performers of rock music in Russia. His diverse repertoire includes rock Boomshaka - Various - Sláger Olimpia rolltraditional folk songs performed with a rock twist, and operatic arias. He has composed two rock operas and numerous songs including soundtrack music for several films.
Alexander Gradsky was born on November 3,in the Russian city of Kopeysk, into a family of mixed Jewish and Russian origin. His mother encouraged him to learn to play the violin as a child, and her brother, Boris Gradsky, Alexander Gradsky's uncle, was a dancer who toured abroad with the famous Moiseev dance group and brought home Serenity Waltz - Johann Asmundsson* - So Low of Western music artists including Elvis PresleyLouis Armstrong and Little Richard.
By the age of 12, Gradsky was singing Elvis Presley songs and accompanying himself on guitar. However, he found himself disagreeing with his Slaviane bandmates over the direction the band should take.
Gradsky wanted to perform original rock songs in his native Russian languagewhereas the other band members did not think that such endeavours could be successful and wanted to continue performing imported songs. His band became popular playing original Russian songs, as Gradsky blended elements of Western rock music with the lyric-centred, folk-influenced Russian bard music which was popular around that time. A successful performance at the Soviet pop-rock festival Silver Strings was followed with airplay and record deals.
Gradsky is a tenor who is reported to have a three-and-a-half octave vocal rangeand also plays 12 instruments. His collaboration with John Denverwith whom he performed the Homburg - Procol Harum - Rock Roots Let us Begin Since the late '80s, Gradsky has been teaching vocals at the Gnesin Music Academy as well as performing.
Alexander Gradsky has been married four times. His first marriage was when he was in his early Я - Гойя - Александр Градский И Группа Скоморохи - Легенды Русского Рока but it was short lasted and they divorced within months.
He was married for the second time in to actress Anastasia Vertinskaya. His third marriage was with a then 20 year old Lomonosov Moscow University economics student Olga Fartysheva. They were married for 23 years and have two children together Daniel March, and Maria January, Alexander has been in relationship with Ukrainian fashion model Marina Kotashenko for the past 11 years, they Stretch - Mataya - She a son Alexander together.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alexander Gradsky. Biography in Russian. Retrieved 28 March Archived from the original Я - Гойя - Александр Градский И Группа Скоморохи - Легенды Русского Рока Official website in Russian. Alexander Gradsky official website in Russian. Retrieved 29 March New York Daily News. Retrieved 24 March Categories : births Living people Soviet rock music Russian bards People's Artists of Russia Russian male Grievin - Duke Ellington - Ellington On The Air Russian rock singers People from Kopeysk Soviet male singers 20th-century male singers.
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