Remember Jean Moscopol: anti-USSR propaganda

Wiki: Jean Moscopol was born in Brăila, where he showed ease of learning from his early days. He could play several instruments (including the banjo and mandolin) and, besides Romanian, spoke French, Italian, English, German and Greek fluently. His first formal education took place at Brăila’s Greek school, and he continued learning in that city, also taking classes at its Lyra conservatory, before finishing high school in GalaÅ£i.

In 1931 he toured Romania with Ion Manolescu, an actor at the National Theatre Bucharest. That year he signed an exclusive contract with the London-based RCA Records. By 1936, his repertoire included some 300 songs of various genres, both Romanian and foreign; he helped popularize the tango in his native land. In 1932 he went to Berlin, where he recorded discs with famous orchestras such as Honigsberg or James Kok, and took bel canto lessons with Professor Korst.

With the end of World War II, Moscopol’s fortunes changed, as his political opinions stood in marked contrast to those of the Romanian Communist Party then gaining ascendancy. Not wishing to serve the régime, he managed to flee to the United States in 1945. Arriving in New York City, he worked as a hotel porter, investing the money he earned into a small musical ensemble. With this group he continued playing the songs that brought him renown in 1930s Bucharest, as well as anti-communist and exile-themed music. He played an active role in the Saint Dumitru Romanian Orthodox parish. He died in exile in 1980, never having married.

In the 1970s, Moscopol recorded a series of songs with the help of Aristide Buhoiu, director of the newspaper Universul. These were released in Bucharest in 1993. Songs of his include “Vrei să ne-ntâlnim sâmbătă sara?”, “Mână, birjar” and “Tot ce-i românesc nu piere”, as well as “Dă-mi guriÅ£a s-o sărut”.

Due to his vehement opposition to the Russification policies put in effect during the Soviet occupation of Romania, the Communist regime tried to erase Moscopol from the national memory by marginalizing him. Around 2005, director Åžtefan Gladin met with great difficulties when he sought information about Moscopol for a biographical film; few archival documents about him remained.” – more on Jean Moscopol

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