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Lurii Spiridonovich Morfessi

singer

Lurii Morfessi, USSR Singer.

Background

Morfessi, lurii was born in 1882 in Odessa.

Career

Became one of the most famous popular romance and gypsy singers in Russia before World War I. Emigrated after the October Revolution in 1917. Settled in Paris. Continued his performances in the 1920s and 1930s, remaining the idol of 2 generations of Russian music lovers. Influenced such famous performers as Vertinskii and Leshchenko.

Highly praised by Rachmaninov, Stravinskii and other giants of 20thcentury Russian music. After World War II, due to his age and ill-health, gave up his career.