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Gene Raskin


American singer/songwriter Gene Raskin is most beneficial known for transforming a normal Russian folk melody into “Those Were the times,” a global blockbuster for Welsh vocalist Mary Hopkin in 1968. Created in NEW YORK in 1909, Raskin analyzed structures at Columbia University or college, providing as an adjunct teacher there between 1936 and 1976. In 1949 he published a play, One’s a Masses, followed 2 yrs later on by Amata; in 1954, he also released Architecturally Speaking, the to begin three books about them. Through the early ’60s Raskin and his wife performed Greenwich Town folk clubs beneath the name Gene & Francesca, liberating an eponymous LP on Tetragrammaton in 1962; the recording included “Those Had been the times,” a tune of either Russian or Ukrainian roots traditionally referred to as “Dorogoj Dlinnoyu” and dating back again to the change of the 20th hundred years. Documented by Russian cabaret celebrity Alexander Vertinsky and gypsy performers Rada & Nikolai Volshaninov, the music gained international acknowledgement when it had been performed by Maria Schell within the 1958 film adaptation from the Brothers Karamazov — Raskin’s edition contained new British lyrics but maintained the original’s beautiful melody. Both “Those Had been the times” and Raskin’s unique “That’s Just just how It Goes” had been later popularized from the Limelighters; in 1966, while Gene & Francesca had been headlining London’s Blue Light Golf club, Paul McCartney captured their take action and 2 yrs later on, while assembling materials for his protégé Hopkin’s Apple Information debut, he recommended she record “Those Had been the times” aswell. The resulting solitary topped the U.K. pop graphs for six weeks within the fall months of 1968; Hopkin consequently documented renditions in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Hebrew aswell, offering eight million copies world-wide and getting Apple’s biggest strike beyond the Beatles’ personal recordings. The Endeavors, Engelbert Humperdinck, the 5th Dimensions, Wanda Jackson, as well as the Three Tenors all documented “Those Were the times” within the decades to check out. Raskin passed away in NY on June 7, 2004.

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Full Name Eugene Raskin
Date Of Birth September 5, 1909
Died June 7, 2004, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Author, Musician
Education Columbia University

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Cheers 1991 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
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Webster 1983 TV Series 1 episode
Rings of Passion 1973 writer: "Those Were the Days" - uncredited
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