Vinogradov Georgy

Georgy Vinogradov (November 16, 1908 - November 12, 1980) -- a Soviet popular singer, soloist of the Alexandrov Ensemble. 

Georgy Vinogradov was born in Kazan in 1908. The entire country listened to the songs that he performed in the postwar period. The voice of Vinogradov voice is a bright lyric tenor that reaches treble heights and captivates listeners by its tenuity of performance and discrete word intelligibility. It is surprising that, being equally talented as Nina Ruslanova, Vadim Kozin or Sergei Lemeshev; Vinogradov was forgotten, erased from the peoples’ memory at the first, and very short, disgrace.

Since childhood, Vinogradov sang in the church choir. Despite his desire to become a musician, Georgy could not afford musical education, since the family was not financially stable. He decided to quit from the gymnasium and later was enrolled in the school for workers. Several years later, he became a telegraph operator. When he was 20, he was admitted to the Oriental Music College. Teachers discerned his talent and strong potential. They advised the young man to go to Moscow, where he was enrolled in the Tatar Opera Studio under the Moscow Conservatory.

At the late 1930s, Georgy won the 6th place at the First All-Union Contest of vocalists. Above all, he managed to come in view of the prominent Soviet composers. His career got up steam from this period. Vinogradov amazed music lovers with his magical voice. The tenor perfectly conveyed the compositions that were popular in the 1930s - 1940s. He managed to preserve their mood and aesthetics. Tangoes that he recorded before the war hold a peculiar place in his repertoire. They are "My Happiness" and "I Love" ("Returning Your Portrait to You"). Both songs were released in huge number on gramophone records.

Although Vinogradov applied to be sent to the front line with the outbreak of war, he was refused. From 1937 Vinogradov was a soloist of the All-Union Radio, from 1939 -- a soloist of the State Jazz of the USSR under the direction of Viktor Knushevitsky, and during the war -- a soloist of the People's Commissariat of Defense Orchestra under Semyon Chernetsky and the Soviet Army Song and Dance Ensemble under the direction of Alexander Alexandrov. It was soloing in the Alexandrov Ensemble that made the voice of Vinogradov to being heard all over the country. "In the Front Line Forest", "Nightingales", classical opera arias...

Solo concerts in Finland, Czechoslovakia, Germany...

Received title of the Honored Artist in 1949...

Together with Vera Krasovitskaya and Vsevolod Tyutyunnik, he was the first performer of the song "Katyusha" by Matvey Blanter with the lyrics by Mikhail Isakovsky. Vera soloed, and the men echoed the last two lines of each verse. Vinogradov also masterfully sang another song of the Blanter-Isakovsky creative tandem - "In the Frontline Forest".

Georgy Pavlovich was fired from the ensemble founded by Alexander Alexandrov in 1951 after an incident in Poland. Both sides of the conflict were drunk and exchanged insults, but Vinogradov was appointed the scapegoat. Without taking into account the singer's explanations, the singer was be stripped of the title of Honored Artist of the RSFSR, which he received two years earlier.
Not only recording on the radio, but also broadcasting recordings made earlier were prohibited. Vinogradov was banned from performing in 33 cities of the USSR. They vetoed release of all new records.

In time of need, Isaac Dunayevsky lent a helping hand to Vinogradov. The composer insisted and Vinogradov sang his new song «School Waltz».

G. Vinogradov take the oblivion heavily. The Vinogradov family was selling their furniture and belongings to buy bread... The only way Georgy could more or less earn a steady income was his participation in concerts held by the All-Union Touring and Concert Association. At the age of 50, he retired from the stage. When asked why he no longer sang, Georgy noted, "I will always remember the words of my old teacher, «Don't forget to leave the stage on time. Remember, no one will ever sing the way he sang when he was young".
Since 1963, for 17 years - until the last days of his life, Georgy Vinogradov taught at the "All-Russian Creative Workshop of Variety Art".

Vinogradov died suddenly on November 11, 1980, 5 days prior his 72nd birthday. The funerary urn was buried in the Vagankovo Cemetery in Moscow.