August 7, birthday of Sofia Rotaru & Felice Bryant (Matilda Genevieve Scaduto)

My searches for a female composer born on August 7 came up with naught. However, I did find some interesting singers and singer songwriters.

Sofia Rotaru (Ukrainian: Софiя Михайлівна Ротару; Russian: София Ротару; Romanian: Sofia Rotaru) (born 1947) is a Romanian/Ukranian/Moldovan/Russian singer. Her birthplace is a small province called Chernivtsi that borders Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. It was formally annexed into the Soviet Union in 1940. The Soviet Union with Germany repatriated many ethnic Germans. Rotaru’s family were ethnically Moldovan/Romanians. During the WWII it was put under the domain of Romania, which had protested the persecution of the Romanians. However, the Romanians didn’t care about its Jewish population most of whom were deported and of which 60% perished in death camps. After Russia took it back in 1944, they deported many ethnic Romanians. After the fall of the Wall in 1989, it became part of Ukraine. Though Rotaru lives in Ukraine, she was made an honorary citizen of Moldova. She started early singing ethnic folk songs and came to international attention in the late 1960s. Eventually as part of an ethnic roots campaign, her Romanian/Moldovan folk songs became popular and promoted in the Soviet Union. In the 80s she went Pop. The two songs below reflect the change.

Vodogray – Водограй (1972)

София Ротару – Океан (Новогодняя ночь на Первом 2016) (2015)

Felice Bryant (Matilda Genevieve Scaduto, b. 1925) was part of a country western husband and wife songwriting team. Their hits include “Rocky Top,” “Love Hurts,” and numerous hits by the Everly Brothers, including “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and “Bye Bye Love.”

Everly Brothers – All I Have To Do Is Dream (1958)

Osborne Brothers – Rocky Top (1967)

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