Laskovyi Mai

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Laskovyi Mai
Also known asLaskovyi Mai
OriginUSSR
GenresPop, rock, disco
Years active1986–1992
2009–present
MembersAndrei Razin
Sergey Serkov
Andrei Kucherov
Sergei Lenyuk
Past membersSergei Kuznetsov
Yuri Shatunov

Laskovyi Mai (may be spelled also as Laskovyy May, Laskovy May, Laskovy Mai, Laskoviy May; Russian: Ласковый май) was a Soviet boy band from Moscow founded by Russian songwriter, composer and musician Sergei Kuznetsov. The group's best-known member was Yuri Shatunov, who has subsequently went on to some solo success. The group disbanded in 1992. Laskovyi Mai once had been called "the legends of the 80–90s".[1]

The band has made a comeback since 2009 as a new Russian band under some changed membership of Andrei Razin, Sergey Serkov, Andrei Kucherov and Sergei Lenyuk.

Career[edit]

Laskovyi Mai was formed in the middle of the 1980s, when Sergei Kuznetsov decided to create a group of musicians with orphan children from an orphanage in Orenburg.[2] The group's first album became legendary in the history of the Soviet pop. The style of group is a mix of Western disco pop music made on the synthesizer with plain lyrics and sung with a jazzy voice. The group Vesyolye Rebyata was a big rival, with their hit "Rozovye Rozy" (Pink Roses) being nearly as popular as Laskovyi May’s but "Belye Rozy" (White Roses).

Members[edit]

(Russian names in parenthesis)

1986–1992 period[edit]

Vocalists
  • Yuri Shatunov (Юрий Шатунов)
  • Andrei Razin (Андрей Разин)
  • Andrey Gurov (Андрей Гуров)
  • Anton Tokarev (Антон Токарев)
  • Viktor Kulikov (Виктор Куликов)
  • Vlada Moscovskaya (Влада Московская) (died 2006)
  • Oleg Krestovsky (Олег Крестовский)
  • Konstantin Pakhomov (Константин Пахомов)
  • Vladimir Shurochkin (Владимир Шурочкин)
  • Rafael Isangulov (Рафаэль Исангулов) – also keyboardist
  • Yuri Barabash (Юрий Барабаш) (died 1996)
  • Yuri Gurov (Юрий Гуров) (died 2012)
Key staff
  • Sergei Kuznetsov (Сергей Кузнецов) — founder, lyricist, composer, arranger, keyboardist
  • Vladimir Boyko (Владимир Бойко) – musical director, composer
  • Alla Goltseva (Алла Гольцева) – lyricist (for Razin, Shatunov, Krestovskiy and other soloists)
  • Rashid Dayrabaev (Рашид Дайрабаев) – band's first director (died 2013)
  • Arkady Kudryashov (Аркадий Кудряшов) – band administrator
  • Anatoly Meshaev (Анатолий Мешаев) composer, arranger
  • Natalia Grozovskii (Наталья Грозовская) – vocal group "Белые розы" "Belye Rozi" (meaning "White Roses") – after a famous song by the band
  • Eugene Zakulaev (Евгений Закулаев) – deputy general director of the orphanage
Musicians
  • Igor Anisimov (Игорь Анисимов) – main keyboardist of the first band (1986–1991)
  • Alexei Burda (Алексей Бурда) – keyboards
  • Alexander Priko (Александр Прико) – keyboards
  • Evgeny Bychkov (Евгений Бычков) – keyboards
  • Sergei Kulagin (Сергей Кулагин) – keyboards
  • Arvid Yurgaytis (Арвид Юргайтис) – keyboards (died 2004)
  • Mikhail Sukhomlinov (Михаил Сухомлинов) – keyboards (died 1993)
  • Vyacheslav Ponomarev (Вячеслав Пономарёв) – bass guitar
  • Igor Safiullin (Игорь Сафиуллин) – saxophone
  • Igor Igoshin (Игорь Игошин) – drums, percussion engineer (died 1992)
  • Sergei Lenyuk (Сергей Ленюк)- drums
Technicians
  • Oleg Andreev (Олег Андреев) – sound engineer
  • Alexander Egunov (Александр Егунов) – sound engineer
  • Vladimir Hozyaenko (Владимир Хозяенко) – sound engineer
  • Pavel Tomov (Павел Томов) – sound engineer

2009 reformed band members[edit]

  • Andrei Razin (Андрей Разин)
  • Sergei Serkov (Сергей Серков)
  • Andrei Kucherov (Андрей Кучеров)
  • Sergei Lenyuk (Сергей Ленюк)

Feature film[edit]

In 2009, Russian film director Vladimir Vinogradov released his film titled Laskovyi Mai, a biographical drama film about the career of the famous Soviet band.

Cast

(in alphabetical order)

  • Vyacheslav Manucharov as Andrei Razin
  • Vasiliy Belokopytov as Nach. Okhrany
  • Dmitriy Blokhin as Chairman of the Kolkhoz
  • Danila Chvanov
  • Ekaterina Fedulova as Lilya
  • Raisa Konyukhova as Mariya Gorbacheva
  • Maksim Kostromykin as Maksim
  • Maksim Litovchenko as Sergei Kuznetsov
  • Viktoriya Matveyeva as Mother of Viti
  • Aleksandr Nekhoroshikh
  • Marina Oryol as Katenka
  • Sergei Romanovich
  • Raisa Ryazanova as Direktrisa Detdoma
  • Petr Skvortsov as Kolya
  • Nikita Slepchenkov
  • Vladimir Steklov
  • Inga Strelkova-Oboldina
  • Viktor Verzhbitsky
  • Lyudmila Zajtseva as Grandmother Andrei Razin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turdaliyeva, Muhayyo. "Takhir Sadikov and Yuri Shatunov: About the '90s (in Russian)". Ziyo Net. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  2. ^ «„Ласковый Май“ попал в кадр»

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