” Rasputin ” is by Boney M, the vocal group formed by German record producer, Frank Farian, in 1976. The group was made up of Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell.
The song was written by Frank Farian, George Reyam and Fred Jay. Frank Farian is a German record producer and songwriter. He trained to be a cook before pursuing a career in the music business. Frank is famous as the founder of Boney M and Milli Vanilli, who had their 1990 Grammy Award for Best New Artist withdrawn after he admitted they hadn’t sung their songs.
George Reyam ( Hans Jörg Meyer ) is a German songwriter and composer. He has worked extensively with Frank Farian and co-wrote many of Boney M’s biggest hits, writing the lyrics for Daddy Cool.
Fred Jay ( Friedrich Alex Jacobson ) was an Austrian pop music songwriter, Fred wrote the English lyrics for ” When a Child Is Born ” by singer Johnny Mathis and co-wrote the lyrics for ” Ma Baker “, another favourite Boney M song.
” Rasputin ” was released on the 28th of August 1978 by record labels Hansa ( Sony Music Entertainment ), Sire and Atlantic ( both Warner Music Group ) and taken from the group’s third Album, Nightflight to Venus.
The Album, released in July 1978, was a massive success in continental Europe, Scandinavia and also Canada, where it went 5× Platinum. In the United Kingdom, it reached the top of the UK Album Chart, giving Boney M their first UK Number One Album.
The song is based on ” Kâtibim “, a Turkish folk song. ” Kâtibim ” meaning my clerk or my secretary, is about a woman and her clerk travelling to Üsküdar, a district of Istanbul in Turkey.
Lyrically, ” Rasputin “, is a semi-biographical song about Grigori Rasputin ( Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin ), who was a friend of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family during the early part of the 20th century.
There is a lot of uncertainty about his life, many of what we know today is based on hearsay, some somewhat dubious memoirs and legend. I did hold a lot of influence over the Tzar and was later murdered by monarchists on the 30th of December 1916, in the hope of saving Tsarism and ending the control he seemed to have over the royal family.
Lyrically the song talks about Rasputin being a playboy, a sort of mystical healer and a political manipulator within the court of Tsar Nicholas II. There are accusations within the lyrics that Rasputin was ” Lover of the Russian queen “, Alexandra Feodorovna.
Also in the lyrics is the line ” Russia’s greatest love machine ” about his belief that to heal he had to fist sleep with the women, often stating that ” one must first become familiar with sin before one can have a chance in overturning it “. The song became popular in the Soviet Union and is credited with making Rasputin and his legend popular again there.
The song was a commercial success for Boney M. The song reached Number One in Germany, Austria and Australia; it was to be Boney M’s second and last Number One in the Australia.
In the United Kingdom, ” Rasputin ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 7th of October 1978 and reached a peak of number two. The song spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 3, Switzerland 2, Germany 1, Austria 1, France 138, Norway 10, New Zealand 4, Australia 1
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