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Leonid Osipovich Utesov or Leonid Utyosov (Russian: Леонид Утёсов); real name Lazar (Leyzer) Iosifovich Vaysbeyn or Weissbein (Russian: Ла́зарь (Ле́йзер) Ио́сифович Вайсбе́йн) (21 March 1895, Odessa – 9 March 1982, Moscow), was a famous Soviet jazz singer and comic actor of Jewish origin, who became the first pop singer to be awarded the prestigious title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1965.

Leonid Utyosov was brought up in Odessa (in present day Ukraine) and attended the… read more

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