Jul 31, 2022
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How Grigory Leps got his most famous hit


Glory fell on the singer Grigory Leps.

On July 30, the First Channel released the release of the show “Tonight” with the host Nikolai Tsiskaridze. The telecast was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the famous Russian singer Grigory Leps. The program was broadcast by the creator of the hit “A glass of vodka on the table”, which brought the hero of the day immense popularity among listeners. This year, the composition performed by Leps celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The author of the song is the composer and singer Yevgeny Grigoriev, who performs under the pseudonym Zheka. He said that he wrote the song in 1995 and even performed it for some time as part of his rock band when he lived in Kurgan. The artist explained that the composition was popular at local rock festivals in the Urals, the Urals and in his hometown. The singer said that the song was often asked to be performed “for an encore”, and even then he realized that there was something in it.

The fateful meeting with the future performer of “Glasses of vodka on the table” happened to Grigoriev at the moment when he was in Moscow and was working on his debut album at the studio of fellow countrymen. One day Grigory Leps came there to record the song “Shelest”. “I look and think: “Wow, how he sings.” I plucked up courage, approached him with a cassette and said: “Grish, there is a song for you, please listen.” He’s like, “Okay, I’ll listen. How much do you want for a song? We ended up agreeing on $300.“, – said Evgeny Grigoriev. The author of the hit noted that after the song sounded on television, he did not leave a sense of pride in his work. “I thought: “Damn, my song is playing. So I’m still worth something in this life,” Zhek added.

Grigory Leps - photo from the archive -
Grigory Leps – photo from the archive – “Instagram is a banned organization on the territory of the Russian Federation”

Singer Larisa Dolina, who was present at the festive evening, said that this song is the most popular in karaoke. In addition, singer Nikolai Baskov, who came to congratulate the birthday man, said that he sometimes performs this composition in karaoke and always does it with love. In addition, during the program, the artist recalled that in 2015, on the show “Property of the Republic”, he parodied Grigory Leps and covered another of his hits, “Natalie”. “I added a little tenderness to this song”, Baskov remarked with a joke.

By the way, Grigory Leps stated that he earned more than $ 50 million on the composition “A glass of vodka on the table”. However, he noted that this was the only song in his repertoire in which he was absolutely sure. Leps also admitted that he was not sure of the further popularity of the track “The Best Day”. In turn, he called the song “I am happy” good, and the composition “I will become a waterfall” – wonderful.

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