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Yul Brynner

Here is a Russian-Gypsy song ("The Shawl" - "Shalyonochka") performed by the fabulous Yul Brynner.
Yul Brynner (1920 – 1985) was a Russian-born Broadway and Academy Award-winning Hollywood actor. He was born Yuliy Borisovich Brynner (Russian: Юлий Бори́сович Бри́ннер) in Vladivostok, Russia. His father was of Swiss and Mongolian ancestry. After his father abandoned his family, his mother took Yul and his sister, Vera, to China, and in 1934 she took them to Paris, France. He began acting and modeling in his 20s. He appeared in many movies and stage productions in the United States. He is best known for his portrayal of the Siamese king in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "The King and I" on the stage and on the screen, as well as Rameses II in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film "The Ten Commandments" and as Chris Adams in "The Magnificent Seven". He also starred in such films as the Biblical epic "Solomon and Sheba" (1959), as Solomon (with Gina Lollobrigida), "Westworld" (1973), with Marlon Brando in "Morituri", with Katharine Hepburn in "The Madwoman of Chaillot" and William Shatner in a film version of "The Brothers Karamazov". His final feature film appearance was in the sequel to "Westworld", titled "Futureworld" with Peter Fonda, in 1976. In addition to his work as a performer, Brynner was an active photographer, and wrote two books. Yul Brynner is interred in the cemetery at the Saint-Michel-de-Bois-Aubry monastery in Luzé, near Poitiers, Vienne, France. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his childhood home, in Vladivostok, is now a museum.
But Yul Brynner was also a singer and made an excellent record of Russian and Gypsy songs with the famous Gypsy guitarist and singer Aliosha Dimitrievich.
Enjoy Yul's exceptional class and voice!

And here is a famous Russian song performed by the great Yul!

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Yul Brynner was a multi talented actor and was great at singing songs from his homeland. He had a resounding tone to his voice and chose to sing the songs in the way that he learned them as he was growing up. Using whistling as he sang made the songs that much more mysterious, but pleasing. He played the guitar in a whole different way than how the people of the US would play and it gave the song more character. Because he was from far east Russia his accent gave the songs he sang more of a flavor.