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AKS Origin: Those Were the Days (Gene Raskin) (52* d) RE: Those were the days my friend - history? 15 Apr 03


As stated above and in other threads, Dorogoj dlinnoju is of Russian origin from the 1920's: lyrics by Boris Ivanovich Fomin (1900 - 1948) and music by Konstantin Podrevskij (? - ?), both written in somewhat 'gypsy spirit'.

Note also that The Soviet Union had not signed the Bern agreement by that time - did it some time in the 1970's - so technically it was not a very big crime, then, to claim authorship of this "Those Were the Days". Still, it would be fair to give credit to the original authors, too (even though TWdD is NOT a translation of DD, the tune is the same).

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