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MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW

 
SONG & HIT DETAILS
 
Artist Name: KENNY BALL AND HIS JAZZMEN
 
Top Position (Australia): 2
 
Song Author: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy and poet Mikhail Matusovsky
 
 
Year Recorded: 1962
Record Label: Pye
Label Number: PP-142
 
SONG PROFILE
 
Moscow Nights

"Moscow Nights" or "Midnight in Moscow" is a Russian song, and one of those best known outside its homeland.

The song was originally created as "Leningradskie Vechera" ("Leningrad Nights") composer Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy and poet Mikhail Matusovsky in 1955, but at the request from the Soviet Ministry of Culture, the version as "Podmoskovnye Vechera"; more or less "Evenings in Moscow Oblast") was prepared, with corresponding changes to the lyrics.

The British jazz group, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, had a hit with the song in 1961 under the title "Midnight in Moscow", and film exists which shows them playing it at a concert in Moscow.

This version peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1962.