Normally not my type, but we can't have a Chirayliq blog without Muslim Magomaev, the celebrated Azeri singer who held the whole of the USSR enthralled with his dandyish charm in the 1960's and 1970's. He was a baritone operatic singer, but also interested in pop music, jazz and *Italy*, as evident in this clip. In 1973, he was awarded the title "People's Artist of the USSR" - he was only 31! Magomayev also worked as an actor, tv and radio host, as well as a composer. His grandfather, also named Muslim Magomaev, was one of the founders of Azeri classical composition. (Lots of video clips here: www.magomaev.info)
Here, Muslim sings "My Azerbaijan" in Russian and Azeri. If you listen closely to the melody, it does remind a little bit of some Tatar folk and art melodies.