• Muslim Magomaev — The Blue Spark

    “The song still remains quite familiar to the older Russian audiences; the Sovie Azerbaijani singer Muslim Magomaev had previously sung it in the 1960s Soviet television show The Blue Spark:” — Check out the video at 1:12. Close ups, lip-sung whistling, and even echo effects! (He even has his own website!)

  • Valery Obodzinsky

    “Even earlier version of the song, sung by Valery Obodzinsky in 1967.” — I think we can all agree that the “Original” is the best one. [Via Know Your Meme]