NOROC, De ce plang Chitarele & Canta un artist, 1969

A mystery record from Russia that I bought yesterday at a flea-market for 50 cents. The band is singing two nice beat songs in Romanian on this flexi disc. They sound like other Romanian beat groups of the period: Sincron, Mondial…

I would like to know more. Who can help?

NOROC, De ce plang Chitarele, 1969

NOROC, Canta un artist, 1969

Update April 5. 2008:

With the help of a reader of this blog, Andrei from Russia, I was finally able to find some information. Andrei translated the text on the back-cover and slowly the pieces of the puzzle came together. Thank you very much, Andrei!

The name of the band Noroc means Happiness in Romanian, but the band is actually from the small country of Moldova. Moldova is located right next to Romania and Ukraine and has about 4 million inhabitants. The Moldovan language is in fact Romanian. The band started in the capital Chisinau in 1967 and had played together for two years at the time of this release in 1969. The lead singer is Mihai Dolgan. When I checked Google, here`s what I found:

March 17, 2008
“The leader of the Noroc ensemble, Composer Mihai Dolgan died on Sunday two days after his 67th birthday. Dolgan died in the hospital, suffering from an incurable disease. He was born on March 14, 1942 in the Vladimiresti village of the Singerei village. In 1944 all his family was deported to Siberia. He came back to Moldova in 1957. In 1967 Mihai Dolgan set up the Noroc ensemble, which became one of the most famous in the USSR. In 1970 the Ministry of Culture of the MSSR banned the ensemble and it returned onto the stage only in 1988. Mihai Dolgan is the author of about a hundred compositions, which became hits. In 1988 Dolgan became People’s Artist and in 2001 the highest state award- the Order of the Republic was conferred on him.On Tuesday those, who like his creative works, will be able to bid last farewell to him in the National Palace”.
How sad to find out that the singer of these songs that I had just discovered had died last month.
Here are two videos in memory of Mihai Dolgan from Moldovan Television.

3 Comments on “NOROC, De ce plang Chitarele & Canta un artist, 1969”

  1. Hello! In the Romanian language, “noroc” means “luck”, not happiness. Moldova, the “small country”, is the part of Romania that was annexed by the Soviet Union after the infamous Ribbentrop-Molotov pact. After declaring its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the only reason it didn’t unite with Romania was the fact that both our presidents at that time were serving Russia’s interests. Also, the propaganda still going on keeps Moldovans thinking their situation will only get worse if they join “the fascist Romanians” in one country.

    The fact that after years of Russian agression and russification (starting in 1812) we still speak exactly the same Romance language shows that history will take its course and that “the republic of Moldova” won’t be anything more than a bad memory from history.

    The well-known Moldovan group O-zone has a popular cover after the first song (“De ce plang chitarele” – “Why are the guitars crying”). You should check it out.

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