KALEIDOSCOPE OF LAMPS VALERIA OBODZINSKY
The artist must sing truthfully, in an open voice and with all his soul. So Valery Obodzinsky believed and steadily followed this principle, often sacrificing his career for this.
Perhaps that is why the many thousands of halls were filled to capacity and after the words of the entertainer “Valery Obodzinsky sings” the audience could not restrain the enthusiastic roar.
Valery’s childhood passed in Odessa. There he was born on January 24, 1942, when the city was under occupation. The boy was raised by his grandmother, Obodzinsky’s parents went to the front. His father was a Pole by nationality, and his mother was Ukrainian, this mixture in Valery’s veins will once again play a cruel joke with him.
Valery’s childhood was occupied not only by pranks and seeking food, but also by a useful acquaintance with the classics of literature, whose books were carefully kept in the home library. And from childhood, Obodzinsky showed a clear and clear voice with which he delighted holiday-makers on the beach. Those in the singer Valery Obodzinsky thankfulness filled Valery’s cap with a trifle. Peers nicknamed him Caruso for the fact that Obodzinsky performed wonderful Italian songs. Best of all, he got Ave Maria.
Valery did not study at school, he was of little interest in the exact sciences, more and more the young man was attracted by the street, where he had many acquaintances among pickpockets. Later, he often recalled these episodes of his biography and certainly noted that he had never heard such subtle humor as in his then company. Together with the thieves, he often went to the beaches, where he sang the hits of that time, playing the guitar or double bass, playing the role of “distracting”, while the gang emptied the pockets of vacationers.
After school, Obodzinsky had to change several working professions in search of work, but he did not forget about music and even took vocal lessons from his neighbor Amalia Brunovna. In the past, she was a music teacher and prepared Valery for admission to the Odessa College of Music. At the entrance exams, Obodzinsky inspiredly performed the song “Tell me, girlfriend, to your girlfriend,” but in those years everyone was required to fill out questionnaires when entering work or an educational institution. Among other questions of the autobiography, the answer was to give whether you or your relatives were in captivity or in the occupied territory. And it was also necessary to indicate the nationality of the singer Valery Obodzinsky. Nobody will find out which of the answers to these questions was decisive, but Valery was not accepted at the school.
Apparently, the young man was mentally prepared for such a turn of events, so he did not fall into despair. He perfectly controlled his voice, played the double bass and spent time with friends on the boulevard, singing songs with a guitar. Once such a street performance was heard by the head of one of the Odessa youth theaters Valentina Borokhovich. She was struck by the voice of young Obodzinsky and took him to her team, learning that Valery dreams of performing on stage. In parallel with work in the youth theater, he was engaged in a vocal studio at the Palace of Sailors. Soon he was taken by a mass entertainer to the Admiral Nakhimov motor ship, which was on the Batumi – Odessa route. Very quickly Obodzinsky was invited to another ship, then several regional philharmonic societies were glad to see him among the staff. In general, he did not experience a lack of work.
“Bezrodny” singer Valery Obodzinsky
In 1964, fate brought Valery and the orchestra of the legendary Oleg Lundstrem. Collaboration with this team taught the young singer a lot, but most importantly, this work made him a real professional. In addition, he was able to meet metropolitan musicians, poets and composers, although then venerable songwriters were in no hurry to offer their works to the “rootless” performer, but Obodzinsky’s finest hour was just around the corner.
After the orchestra of Oleg Lundstrem, Valery was invited to go to the Donetsk Philharmonic. Once, during a foreign tour of philharmonic artists, Obodzinsky met the singer Valery Obodzinsky with the famous Bulgarian singer Lily Ivanova. She introduced the singer to the composer Boris Karadmichev, and he presented the artist with his song. At the international music festival in Sopot in 1964, “The Moon on the Sunny Beach” brought success not only to the performer, but also to the songwriters.
This was the first hit of Valery Obodzinsky. The success was consolidated by David Tukhmanov performed on the popular “Blue Flame” “Oriental Song”. These compositions made the talented Odessa famous throughout the Soviet Union. He supplemented the repertoire with the hits of Joe Dassin and Tom Jones, becoming a real idol of youth. The girls were fascinated by his voice, recorded Obodzinsky’s songs in their notebooks and made a furious ovation at his concerts. At the same time, the appearance of the singer did not at all coincide with the musical image of a sweet-voiced macho. The figure of Valery was not athletic, he was not tall, so he wore shoes with thick soles to seem taller.