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Faded star of Nina Dorda

When she died three years ago, it went almost unnoticed in the press – modern listeners hardly know her name, but her songs are probably known to everyone. Nina Dorda was one of the most popular pop singers of the 1960s, who performed the famous hits “Lilies of the Valley”, “A Song Stays with a Man”, “A Girl Cries in an Automaton”, “Well What can I Tell You About Sakhalin”, “How Steamers Escort “,” The Old Maple “. After her, many artists sang them, and she voluntarily ceded to them her place on the stage. What made the singer complete her solo activity, and what difficulties she had to endure in her declining years, is further in the review.

Her childhood years were difficult – she was born in 1924, the family lived in the basement and was very financially constrained. When the war started, his father went to the front and went missing in October 1941. Nina and her mother and sister lived in evacuation in Saratov until 1945, and after that they returned to Moscow. From childhood, Nina studied vocals and before the war she graduated from the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory. After returning from evacuation, she performed with an orchestra at the Central House of Culture of Railway Workers.

In the postwar period, entertainers, especially beginners, were not in demand. In addition, Dorda sang about love, and the “lyrical genre” was considered too frivolous and unworthy of a large stage, and in the evenings Nina Dorda sang in the restaurant of the Moscow Hotel. There, she was heard by the writer Vasily Aksyonov, who at that time was working on his Moscow Saga. Nina became the prototype of one of the heroines – singer Vera Gorda. In 2004, based on this work, a series was shot where Kristina Orbakaite got this image. Nina Dorda did not appreciate the film adaptation – she said that there were many inaccuracies, because of which the spirit of the time was not conveyed. So, in those days, artists of pop orchestras behaved more restrained – they performed on stage without waving their hands, and did not allow themselves to go down to the hall, walk between tables and even more so communicate with restaurant visitors, as the screen heroine did.

In this restaurant, the singer met her future husband, who was 16 years older than her. By that time, she and he had already managed to be married. At the age of 20, Nina Dorda married a 40-year-old pianist, but a year later they divorced – both the difference in age and the difference in outlook on life affected. And in 1948 a new conductor and pianist Mikhail Lipsky came to their orchestra. He was married, but for the sake of Nina left the family. After 5 years, when the couple had their own housing, they signed – without wedding celebrations, as was customary then.

In 1954-1959 Nina Dorda performed with the famous pop orchestra Eddie Rosner. Over time, the Mosconcert gave the singer her own orchestra, with which she toured a lot. For about 10 years their family happiness was cloudless – happiness was overshadowed only by the fact that the couple had no children. They constantly toured, and Nina did not see the opportunity with this lifestyle to acquire offspring. And then, doctors found Parkinson’s disease in Mikhail. Over time, he could no longer continue to work, and the singer hired him a nurse, continuing to perform independently. Together with Lipsky, Nina Dorda lived for about 30 years, until his death. In her declining years, she admitted that she had hobbies, but she did not leave her sick husband.

In the 1960s everyone knew her songs. “Lilies of the valley” (“You brought me today …”) she was the first to record on the radio, and on television this song was first performed by Gelena Velikanova, so few knew that Nina Dorda was actually the first performer of this hit. Later, she explained the secret of the popularity of the song written by Oscar Feltsman in 15 minutes: “His“ Lilies of the Valley ”is a gift of fate. What is the success of the song? It would seem that it cannot be easier. But it was a song for the whole people, there was no person who would not purr and know at least a few lines. In that song, sorry, three notes. But these notes touched the soul strings of people. The song came at the time of a difficult life, there were not enough lilies of the valley. I am glad that this song was with me. There was something in her, some kind of magic of tone and music, in her uncomplicated dramaturgy there was its own charm. ”

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