Lyudmila Zykina (1929-2009)
Lyudmila Zykina was a great national folk singer of Russia. In 1947 Lyudmila joined the Pyatnitsky Choir (a choir that sang traditional Russian folk songs). In 1960 she started her solo singing career. Lyudmila was a favourite singer of Leonid Brezhnev and Kim Il-Song and Kim Jong-Il. During her long singing career she won many honors including the Lenin Prize, Order of Lenin, the People’s Artist of the U.S.S.R., and the Order of St. Andrew. Her most popular songs included Techot Volga (The Volga Flows) and Orenburgskii platok (Orenburg Shawl). An asteroid is named after her — 4879 Zykina.