Kobzon - "what a guy he was ..."

Died Yosif Kobzon.
R.I.P.
Never was neither a fan of his work, nor a supporter of his near-political activities. This is so, if extremely delicate ...
But today we will not be about the bad. Just remember "what a guy he was."
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Kobzon is an era, Kobzon is a legend. The name of Kobzon has long become a household name, it is such a collective image of the Soviet variety art.
For us in the 70s there was nothing worse. Kobzon, Mulerman, Khil, Gulyaev, Magomayev, Leshchenko ... Despite the fact that some of these singers will professionally give Kobzon a head start, nevertheless it was Joseph Davidovich who became a trademark, a symbol of the era.
Let’s look at the long and thorny path of this man to the heights of Olympus ...
He had a very difficult childhood. A year before the war, the large Jewish family of Joseph moved to Lviv from his native Donbass.
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Today we all understand how rash this step was. With the beginning of the war, Joseph with his brothers and mother miraculously manage to evacuate, move to Uzbekistan. There passes the childhood of the future singer.
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After the war, they return to Ukraine, but the father finds a new love, and does not return to the family. It’s hard to imagine how hard they had to ...
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After some time, Joseph's mother, Ida Isaevna, finds a new husband - the front-line soldier Moses Rappoport. So Joseph had two more half-brothers.
The first wife of Joseph Veronika Kruglov recalls:
- A very handsome, broad-shouldered man, who is so healthy, somehow reminiscent of actor Tony Curtis, who played in the film “Only Girls In Jazz”.
"Honey," he says, "how did you get into such a terrible family? How did you get involved?" I knew what to say: “I’m sure that I’ll come off soon, but how did you live with them?” “After the death of my wife, there were two sons. We, the Jews,” the old man said, “made a marriage. There were many brides, but I wanted a woman with children to be the chosen one who could take my sons into the house. So she married on your mother-in-law. She herself had three children, then she gave birth to another daughter. But all the children left home and could not get along with this woman. "
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It was at this time that young Joseph realized that in this life you need to have teeth and elbows, you need to survive, to be able to stand up for yourself. He goes in for sports, enjoys boxing, sings in amateur performances.
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The ability to sing was useful in the army. There the capable fighter was identified into the song and dance ensemble of the Transcaucasian Military District.
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After the service, Joseph already knows what will become the work of his life. He is actively looking for a locomotive that would help him fly to Olympus. Arkady Ostrovsky, pianist and accordionist, songwriter, becomes such a happy ticket for Joseph. He attracts a young singer to perform his songs. In the photo she is in Artek
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Then in the life of Kobzon Pakhmutov and Dobronravov appeared, he performs in the circus performance "Cuba - my love", becomes recognizable and even popular.
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Together with Pakhmutova, young Kobzon visits the Komsomol construction projects in Siberia. Here he already clearly understands what is needed for a successful career. We need connections, we need to "be able to be friends", to be "in line", on the edge of the struggle - these are also shock construction sites, later - Afghanistan, Chernobyl. Of course, this is work. But otherwise nothing. Otherwise, you will be forgotten as Viktor Kochno, with whom he sang a duet
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Or Vadim Mulerman, to whom his first wife later left ...
We must work, we must pierce the walls with our forehead, tear our teeth ...
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Joseph Kobzon recalls:
And as soon as I got an apartment,in 1965, I married Veronika Kruglovoy - the soloist of the Leningrad Music Hall, who became famous for the song of Ostrovsky “Perhaps, perhaps, of course, maybe ...” and the song of Feltsman “The song goes around”. Veronica was a beautiful woman. Highly. But our life did not work out. She worked on tour with her team, and I toured with her. So on constant journeys we lived for about two years, figuring out at congresses: with whom did I sleep and with whom did she sleep? Of course, they did not find out anything and ... finally broke up.
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Veronika Kruglova herself recalls how their acquaintance began:
- He immediately looked at you? - As a singer - absolutely not. He was not very plastic and not at all artistic. He sang as many then voted. There was nothing special about him then. He stood on the stage with an idol, as if he had swallowed up an arshin, and strained the sounds from himself: "And in our yard ..." He now became a great singer and sings songs much better than in his youth. As a man, I did not stare at him then. Besides, at that concert he stole notes from me. The magnificent melodist Stanislav Pozhlakov shortly before wrote the song "Top-top, stomping baby", the first performer of which I became.In her purse lay her only author clavier. Kobzon somehow managed to steal these notes.
- What makes you think that it was Kobzon who stole them? - Familiar artists told how he was picking at the pile of notes. I had to call him at the hotel "October". "Yes, my musician accidentally took notes. I apologize. You can pick them up at any time," he said haughtily. I was accustomed by my mother that it was indecent to go to the men at the hotel. “No,” I answered, “I will come to the hotel now. Please go down and bring notes.” He fulfilled the request. Before Pozhlakov had time to write the second clavier and orchestration, our song was quickly recorded in Moscow by Kobzon and Miansarova.
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That's how it happens, I stole notes, and then became a husband. I do not understand these artists. Or offended women))
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Veronika Kruglov:
And then we went to Yalta to rest before the wedding. By that time, I was already "well pregnant." But when they arrived in the Crimea, we were already waiting for his mother, who amazed everyone with a completely insane act: she brought there to Joseph some bride named Sveta. Kobzon indignantly indignant: "Mother, I have a wife! We will have a child! Leave us alone! Never marry your Light!" But stubborn Ida Isaakovna shotapartment near our hotel. And still often I stayed to sleep with us, right in the hotel room. Feel free to go between the young spouses in the middle of the wide bed. It is hard to believe in such barbarism. Mother and son talked to each other in my presence as if nobody was there at all. All my life I will remember the wild words of this woman: "Yesik, look at her, all the time puke, spots on your face. Do you need it? Do you need these Faniat (Russian) children?" At first, it seemed naive to me that mother and son were not the same thing. But Kobzon once repented before her: "How could I insist on something! Veronica wants to leave the child!" I sobbed inconsolably. Joseph, apparently already brought to despair by his mother's “sufferings,” once said: “I’ve decided everything, we’re going to Moscow. You have an abortion, then we sign right away. Otherwise, you can count on yourself.”
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It is difficult to say what is true and what is not, but one thing is clear, the first wife’s life has been left untouched.
However, like the second. Lyudmila Gurchenko, who became Kobzon’s second wife, didn’t talk to her ex-husband until her death ...
But, she has a character, God forbid, everyone knew that ... Even by the expression of her face ...
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Joseph Kobzon:
They say let's give examples so that it’s clearer why you broke up. What are some examples? What? Should I invite you to bed? Just had a lot of problems. Well, that started the showdown ... are you with whom? And who are you with? That she lingered, then I lingered. Constant such suspicions ... I can not say that I gave more reasons! She, too, had enough opportunities, so to speak, to resist the temptation ... In short, it did not work out ... But, unfortunately ... to the great, it did not work out to such an extent that to this day we have never, so to speak, they did not greet each other, although they lived for three years - from the 67th to the 70th ...
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In 1970, when we broke up with Lyudmila Markovna, I bought dude for the sake of an old American Buick. I wanted to show her my independence.
But, a young provincial little girl Nelly pecked at a luxury car.
Her mother specifically brought to Moscow to pick up a 20-year-old beauty of a successful husband. And I must say that the map of the legend is successful. For all. They have been together for more than forty years)
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And in professional terms, Kobzon has already become not just a singer, but the envoy of the Soviet pop music. He learned well that in the Soviet Union it was easy to just sing songs.
You need to keep your nose in the wind, you need to be in the right place at the right time, you need to shine next to famous and influential people.
Later, in the same way, young performers dreamed of approaching him ...
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And of course, everyone knows about Kobzon’s good relations with famous criminal authorities - Otari Kvantrishvili, Alik Tokhtakhunov, Mikhas and many others.
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I have never concealed my relationship with people I knew. I am not friends with posts, but with people. And for me it doesn’t matter who they are - drivers, Afghans, ministers, etc. If someone is sympathetic to me and I’m interested in talking with him, I’m talking to him! But, probably, on the basis of the principle “tell me who your friend is and I will tell you who you are”, this still suggests something, a link with the Russian mafia. And if I have friends and those and others? What then?
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I know almost all, so to speak, popular suspects in the criminal world, but unlike my singing shop colleagues, who also know them all, who also took pictures of them all ... unlike them, I never hid that familiar with these faces. Nevertheless, many people conclude from this: “Aaaa ... since he is familiar with them, it means that they are doing something together."
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About me an incredible amount of dirty rumors.They even reached America. And then I managed to find out that these reports about my criminal image came to the United States not from anywhere, but from Russia, from power structures. At one time, the head of the Moscow Regional Department for Organized Crime Control, Nikolai Ivanovich Klimkin, confirmed that such data had been sent. And Almazov’s deputy, the head of the tax police, General Yanovsky (if I remember his name correctly), who treated me with respect, also secretly showed me secret information. It was such a printed leaflet with the indication “Secret. For official use ", where it was written:" Kobzon Joseph Davydovich, born in 1937, a Jew, owns a tram-tararam ... "And the transfer that I own in Moscow. It turned out that half of Moscow is my property. What was mentioned in the American file was repeated here, namely: drugs, brothels, casinos, hotels, supermarkets, etc.
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Seeing this, I said: “What a horror! Why, for every line of this letter I can be planted and shot ”. And the general replied: "Unfortunately, I can not say where these letters are still located." I say: “And how did it appear with you? Not from the sky, it fell? "" No, - he says, - it is in all the offices of law enforcement and law enforcement agencies. "Then I asked: “So what, no one can protect me from this? Or, on the contrary, plant me? ”He says:“ Well, what are you? You can freely work normally ... "
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And here Joseph Kobzon is already in another company.
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One way or another, this is a man of the system. And we have it.

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