MOSCOW — Russia's Vladimir Putin, showing his passion for music extends from favourites of spies and cosmonauts to Armstrong, played the grand piano for a room full of filmstars in a concert lasting into the wee hours of Saturday.
Guests to the late Friday charity concert in Saint Petersburg included Sharon Stone, Monica Bellucci, Mickey Rourke and other stars, the government said on its website, where the Russian prime minister was pictured sitting at a table with Italian actress Ornella Muti and several other people.
Putin famously sang the Soviet song "From Where the Motherland Begins" in July with the group of 10 spies who were deported from the United States in a major spy swap. This time he gave a wordless rudimentary piano performance of the song.
He then took the microphone and roused the audience from their seats with Louis Armstrong's "Blueberry Hill" sung in broken English with some piano accompaniment by the jazz band.
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Blaze editor's note: AFP designates "Blueberry Hill" as a Louis Armstrong song. Armstrong did perform the song, but it is most famously associated with the recording by Fats Domino.