Alain Delon was a guest at a charity event, held in St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace on Friday, December 10, 2010, along with Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner, Monica Belucci, Vincent Cassel, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Paul Anka, Mickey Rourke, Ornella Muti, Ingrid, and Gerard Depardieu. Money raised at the charity event will be donated to cancer centers to buy diagnostic equipment, medical instruments and medicines for children diagnosed with cancer.
During the event Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin played the piano and sang “Blueberry Hill” in English.
A little history of “Blueberry Hill.” The song was published in 1940.Gene Autrey’s version was used in the 1941 movie The Singing Hill. It was covered by big bands from Sammy Kaye to Glenn Miller. Louis Armstrong recorded it in 1949. While many artists have sung this song the version singing in my head is Fats Domino’s 1956 recording. The version by Fats Domino was ranked #81 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
And on Saturday December 11, 2010…
I must add this personal note. Putting this information together has been a surreal experience. I never thought I would write about Mr. Delon in a room with Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner, Monica Belucci, Vincent Cassel, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Paul Anka, Mickey Rourke, Ornella Muti, Ingrid, and Gerard Depardieu listening to Vladimir Putin singing “Blueberry Hill.”