Comrade Rockstar

Dean Reed was an American singer who was more popular in the Latin America and the USSR than in the USA. He would have turned 70 today. Because he was a communist sympathizer he was one of a few English-speaking performers approved to entertain the Soviet people. I remember as a child playing his records and watching him on TV and in cheesy Easter European Westerns. I read that he was sometimes referred to as the “Red Elvis” due to his popularity, I personally never heard anyone say that, but at the time I didn’t even know who the real “Not-Red” Elvis was, so I wouldn’t get the reference anyway.

  • midtown miscreant

    Totally off subject, but the last couple of days Ive had trouble pulling up your blog. It is super slow going to your page, maybe just my computer, but not a problem going to other blogs. You are the computer genius, so Ill leave it to you to decide.

  • I know, I blame the server, I may have to find a new one if this persists.

  • Gabriel

    Nice videos, he sounds like was pretty talented. I found a youtube video of him singing “Kansas City”

  • He is riding a motorcycle through Moscow (you can see Kremlin) with the Soviet Union (SU) sticker on the windshield and singing “going to Kansas City”. That’s a few days of ridin’ :0)