Aida Semenovna Vedischeva (nee Ida Solomonovna Weiss; born June 10, 1941, Kazan) is a Soviet and American singer, best known as a performer of popular songs from movies (Song about Bears, Help Me, Forest Deer) and cartoons ("Lullaby Bears"), as well as the first performer of the song "Comrade". Born in Kazan before the war in the family of Doctor of Medicine, Professor Solomon I. Weiss (1886–1968), Head of the Dentistry Department of the Irkutsk Medical Institute, Therapeutic Dentistry of the Kazan Dental Institute and the Kazan GIDUV dentistry, and Dentist of the Irkutsk Regional Dental Clinic . Since 1951, the family in Irkutsk. In Irkutsk, she graduated from the music school, where she played in the student theater of musical comedy, and then the Institute of Foreign Languages, where she studied German and English. After graduating from the institute she left for Moscow and tried to enroll in the MS Shchepkin Higher Theater School, but the attempt failed. Thanks to her beautiful, strong voice, she began her singing career. From the beginning of the 1960s she began performing on stage as a variety singer of the Kharkov Philharmonic. She sang in the orchestra of O. Lundstrem, then in the orchestra of L. Utesov. From 1966 she gave solo concerts with the ensemble "Meloton", she also sang in the VIA "Blue Guitars" I. Granova. In 1966, she won the First All-Union Soviet Song Contest. All-Union fame has received, having sung in 1966 “A Song about Bears” in the film “The Prisoner of the Caucasus” (the disc was sold out in seven million copies). In 1968, for the song "Geese, Geese" received a diploma at a festival in Sopot. Then came the songs: “Volcano of Passion” (“Help Me”) from the movie “The Diamond Hand” (1968), the song “Comrade”, popular in those years (“So that the friend carried the friendship through the waves ...”, 1970), “Forest Deer” (from the film “Oh, this Nastya!”, 1972), “Blue Water”, “Chunga-Changa” (from the cartoon “Cutter”) and others. Despite the success of the listeners, she, like some other singers (V. Mulerman, L. Mondrus, M. Kristalinskaya), put obstacles: they did not always mention in the credits of the films, they did not allow concerts, they were cold on television, they did not let them go on tour abroad. According to Fedor Razzakov, in particular, shared by others, one of the reasons for this was the anti-Semitism of the head of the Public Broadcaster S. G. Lapin  . For example, the song “Forest Deer” was performed in the final of “Songs-73”, the Big Children's Choir of Central Television and All-Union Radio. From the mid-seventies, the singer's name disappeared from the titles of movies and cartoons with her participation. However, the singer herself says that she fell into disfavor with the officials of the Soviet culture after the festival in Sopot. In 1980, she left for the USA with her mother and son. According to her, back in 1978, by order of the Ministry of Culture, all the few video tapes with performances of the singer were demagnetized and all records of the radio fund were erased; however, they are preserved in a personal record library. In America, Vedischeva had to start a singing career from scratch, enroll in a theater college and go through a four-year course of study, studying American cinema, dance.