About the famous Soviet song "Behind the Fog": history and facts

"And I'm travelling, and I'm travelling for dreams, Behind the fog and the smell of the taiga..."

The story of the famous 1964 hit "Beyond the Fog"

"Beyond the Mist." - famous song 1964 of the year. The Soviet poet and bard was the first to give his voice to this creation Yuri Kukin. The song brought him fame and launched his career. In addition, the song became the unofficial anthem of geologists and tourists.

History of Creation

If you delve into the history of this work, you can conclude that it began in the middle of the last century. Domestic bard Yuri Kukin wrote the famous lines to a gorgeous melody that came from the pen of an Italian composer. Virgilio Panzuti. It was first played by a jazz guitarist from Denmark. Jørgen Ingmannand it was called "Dalla strada alle stelle (Angelina)". It was 1959.

Yuri Kukin - Soviet poet, musician and bard - wrote the touching lyric in the summer of 1964. Inspiration struck him right on the platform of a goods train, when Kukin was travelling from Leningrad to Mountain Shoria. This was his second geological journey. Curiously enough, the original composition included five verses. But Yuri Alekseevich consulted his colleagues and left only two.

"And I'm going, and I'm going after my dreams,
Beyond the fog and beyond the smell of the taiga..."


The success of this creation turned out to be colossal. The composition was first performed in 1964-м performed by the author himself. Thanks to its pleasant melody and tender, heartfelt lyrics, it quickly won the hearts of Soviet listeners. Later, the performer and musician Alexey Ivashchenko will say:

"The secret of the success of this lyric is simple: it perfectly correctly outlined the public's hope of the time!"

In turn, the journalist Dmitry Shevarov emphasised:

"Of course, all the subtlety of a bygone era cannot be found in these accessible lines. Nevertheless, the flavour of those years is tightly sealed in this lyric, like a drink in a vessel...".

Curious theories

Here are some of the most interesting and entertaining versions of this hit performed by other artists.

It is important to emphasise: the melody of the already mentioned Virgilio Panzuti became the basis for a lot of songs. And all of them were in completely different languages, for example: the Italian-language one "Dalla strada alle stelle" (Umberto Marcato)English "(I Don't Care) Only Love Me" (Steve Lawrence). and others.

A little about the author

Yuri Kukin
Yuri Kukin

Yuri Kukin - writer, musician and performer, bard, and simply an outstanding person. Born in the Leningrad region in 1932. In the period of the 60s Yuri Alekseevich was listed as a member geological expeditionsand later worked as a children's coach figure skating. The man had been interested in music from an early age, and by the early 50s he was already writing own songs. And so success came to him with the birth of his famous composition. "Beyond the Mist.". Another famous piece in Kukin's career was the song "Paris.".

Yuri Kukin passed away in 2011. The man lived a colourful, rich life and left behind a worthy legacy.

Interesting facts

  • This composition brought its creator the loud title "Laureate of the First Leningrad Amateur Song Contest". It happened in the middle of 60-х.
  • Subsequently, the phrase "follow the fog." has gained particular popularity and has become a catchphrase. It is used in dialogue when talking about a trip in a loving way.
  • An international festival of author's song, which took place in Czech Republicwas named after the song in question.
  • This lyric was sung by the Soviet singer Vladimir Makarov especially for the film "Sibiryachka" (1972).

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