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Rasputin

by

Boney M.



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Rasputin was a Russian monk who had a vision of the Virgin Mary. As a result he began to wander the country visiting monasteries and religious sects. He preached the best way to get close to God was to sin and then repent. The adulterous monk, (his surname was a derivation of the adjective "rasputny" meaning "loose living"), had remarkable healing abilities. Rasputin adhered himself to the Russian Czar Nicholas and his wife by his healing of the hemophiliac Alexei. He appeared to have the gift of healing their sick son every time he began to hemorrhage. Upset at his increasing influence over the Russian royal family, several Russian nobles poisoned and beat him in the basement of Yusopov Palace then shot him several times. The monk refused to die so finally he was drowned by his enemies in the canals of St Petersburg.
Boney M. was the brainchild of German record producer Frank Farian, and they became one of Eurodisco's most successful acts. The group was composed of four singers all of West Indian origin: Marcia Barrett, Bobby Farrell, Liz Mitchell and Massie Williams. Farian later repeated formula with Milli Vanilli and Far Corporation. Their double sided single "Rivers Of Babylon/Brown Girl in The Ring" is one of only 5 singles to have sold over 2 million copies in the UK and is the biggest selling record by a black act there.
The textured rhythm was created by a balalaika, which is a 3-stringed, triangular, Russian instrument. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
Boney M Frontman Bobby Farrell passed away at the age of 61 on December 29, 2010 in a hotel room in St Petersburg, Russia, a few hours after performing in the city. Coincidentally, Rasputin also died back in 1916 on December 29th in St Petersburg.
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Comments (10):

I like the tempo and Russian style of background music. The lyrics is also historically narrative.
- thyrocyte, Bangkok, Thailand
Would've been a good opener to The Third World War, August 1985, has the movie planned for the book ever made it to the screen. Great piece,and lasting.
- Paul, Kennewick, WA
Boney M was ALWAYS no band, just a backing track. After Boney M's star had faded, the man-behind-the-curtains, Frank Farian, moved on to create the backing tracks for Milli Vanilli.
- Liquid Len, Ottawa, Canada
Me too Tobias, Ive seen Boney M twice-seem to be doing the rounds at most rissols (RSLs) around Sydney for the past couple of years...
- Andrew, Sydney, Australia
Love a song that you can dance to and also learn a historical lesson. They did the same thing with their song Ma Baker.
- Jolene, Melbourne, Australia
This song was covered by the group Boiled in Lead, on their "Antler Dance" album. Also, a wonderful job.
- Jameson, Lexington, KY
anybody know what the little bloke with the fuzzy hair actually did in the band , apart from jumping up and down and spinning around
- pete, nowra, Australia
heard Liz Mitchell the main lead singer is doing a Boney M thing.....no band ..just a backing track
- pete, nowra, Australia
Congratulations.

You are aware, however, that each original member (or at least most of them) has their own version of Boney M now so you didnt actually see the originals aren't you?
- Don, Watford, England
I am proud...i have seen Boney M in concert! I am 15! And i have seen Boney M!
- Tobias, Sydney, Australia
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