Master, you will not be forgotten! Romania will never have a singer like him

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At the beginning of April, Romanians celebrate a great singer of light music. The late artist made history on the Romanian music scene. The fans remember with pain the death of Gică Petrescu, these days.

April 2, 2024, 109 years since the birth of Gică Petrescu

Gică Petrescu, the famous Romanian singer, was born in Bucharest on April 2, 1915. His musical education began in childhood. He received piano lessons from his own mother.

In addition, he attended violin lessons with Professor Glattauer, according to information from his biography, “The Life and Songs of Gică Petrescu”, edited by George Sbârcea and published by Viitorul Românesc Publishing House in 1993.

Delighted by his devotion to music, his parents decided to hire him a guitar teacher. Gică Petrescu openly declared his preference for this instrument, with which he accompanied himself, as he himself testified in the aforementioned biography.

During school, Gică Petrescu was actively involved in a school band, contributing both with his guitar talent and his voice. At only 15 years old, he was lucky enough to be noticed by the composer Ion Vasilescu, who brought him to the attention of the radio station.

In the third decade of the last century, Gică Petrescu consolidated his professional career, holding concerts at the Casino in Sinaia with the orchestra led by Dinu Șerbănescu. Later, he became a regular presence at the radio station, where he collaborated with the renowned musician Iulian Ghindă and his orchestra.

Gică Petrescu sang with the most important Romanian artists of the time

From 1936, Gică Petrescu started recording more and more frequently at the “Odeon” record company. After numerous concert tours, he received engagements at theaters such as “Alhambra”, “Gioconda” and “Boema” (from 1940), as well as at “Savoy”, under the direction of Ion Vasilescu, and at “Constantin Tănase” (from 1944 ).

During this period, he collaborated with some of the most famous composers, including Ion Vasilescu, Elly Roman, Mișu Constantinescu, Petre Romea and G. Patrichi.

Starting from 1960, Gică Petrescu became a regular presence in television shows. In the years that followed, he held two particularly important tournaments.

One for two months in Paris, together with Stela Popescu and Mircea Crișan. The other in Israel, in the company of actor Florin Piersic and singer Doina Badea. His famous hits such as “Our little house”, “Look-that’s how I want to die” or “Take me home, mai, tramvai” were recorded at Electrecord in the period 1966-1971.

An artist who sang for both workers and intellectuals

“And I sang for Ceaușescu, because they called me, he liked how I sang. I sang for everyone, for the big ones, for the little ones, for the workers, for the peasants, for the intellectuals…

I also sang at the CEC, when those big awards were given. They called me there too. (…) Problems with Security? (…) Well, I was famous, I had been singing for decades, I was called “Sinatra of Romania”, that’s what they called me…

My father was the son of a bourgeois, they had to keep an eye on me. But, I told you, I never did politics. If you take my songs, all my songs, you will never hear anything sung about the communists or about them, Stalin, Ceaușescu”, testified Gică Petrescu in an interview.

Gică Petrescu, the talented artist of Romanian music, left this world on June 18, 2006, leaving behind an impressive musical legacy. He was buried in the Bellu Cemetery, always remaining in the memory and hearts of those who appreciated and loved his music.

The article is in Romanian

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