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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
05-Oct-14 - 04:47 PM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
"The Carnival Is Over" by The Seekers spent three weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in November and December 1965.

The main tune is taken from a Russian folk song about Stenka Razin known as "Iz-za ostrova na strezhen" or "Volga, Volga mat' rodnaya". The song became popular in Russia as early as the 1890s.

Tom Springfield - the brother of Dusty Springfield - adapted the melody from the Russian folk song, and also wrote the remaining music used in the song, as well as writing the lyrics, after a trip to Brazil, where he witnessed the Carnaval in Rio. (Source; Wikipedia)