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Train of Thought: Hitchcock to Sirusho

How do we get from legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock to Armenian pop star Sirusho in 7 stops? Watch the video or follow the train by text below.

January 18, 2018  |  by Creative Armenia

Stop 1: Alfred Hitchcock

Watch the trailer of Rear Window by Hitchcock 

You know him as the legendary filmmaker of such classics as Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), and of course Rear Window (1954) – the claustrophobic thriller starring Jimmy Stewart, who has a bad habit of spying on his neighbors. Now one of these neighbors happens to be a pianist. And this pianist happens to be...

Stop 2: Ross Bagdasarian

Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.

"Who?" you ask. We're happy to tell you that Bagdasarian was an Armenian American pianist, musician, actor, and record producer. But he was most famous for creating Alvin and the Chipmunks. Also, he was the cousin of…

Stop 3: William Saroyan

The original version of the song by Saroyan and Bagdasarian

The Pulitzer-winning novelist was world-famous for writing The Human Comedy and many other books. But he also wrote songs. Inspired by Armenian folk traditions in the San Joaquin Valley of California, he and Ross co-wrote "Come On-a My House," a song popularized by...

Stop 4: Rosemary Clooney

Listen to the the more popular version of the song 

In 1951 the song became a huge hit for Clooney, topping the Billboard charts. Apparently, though, she hated the song – preferring instead the company of her nephew…

DETOUR: George Clooney!

Rosemary and George Clooney

But our train is getting off track. Our next station is actually...

Stop 5: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.

...who did what great sons do – he revived his father's legacy (and made a ton of money doing it). The younger Bagdasarian was the one who produced several successful remakes, including Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Among many treasures, the film featured the hit song "Safe and Sound," which was written by the two-man band Capital Cities, half of which is an impressively-bearded man named...

Stop 6: Sebu Simonian

And it's Sebu who recently collaborated on a song called "Vuy Aman." The collaborator? You guessed it. It was Armenian pop-star….

Stop 7: Sirusho