Russian Memories – Очи Черные

My solo guitar tribute to the French Gypsy swing standard “Les Yeux Noirs” (English: “Black Eyes”). Louis Armstrong liked this too singing “Otchi Tchor Ni Ya” / “Ochi Chernyie” = Очи Черные (Otchi ~ Ogi = Eyes? Очи Чор Ни Я who can help?) – maybe wrong spelling of the Russian title in Louis Armstrong’s lyrics… Maybe someone likes to add his music talent? Every instrument welcome!

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now three YouTube links:
Louis Armstrong

Django Reinhardt’s version:

Patricia Kaas:

I often listened to Gypsy guitarists in the Netherlands (many of those musicians were killed during WW II in the concentration camps by the Nazi beasts in Germany) – I tried to fingerpick alone on my guitar = my modern German tribute to the Gypsies and their swinging kind of music, most famous hero: Django Reinhardt. P.S.: of course I would be glad if a vocalist or an instrumentalist would make my track better..


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