Usmanov began singing in the amateur choir of the Automobile
Club before World War II. He wanted to join the choir of the All-Union Radio,
but World War II began.
As a soldier, Usmanov fought bravely when he hit
carrier; for this he was awarded the Order of the Red Star.
In the late
1940s, he became a soloist of All-Union Radio, and in the early 1960s began to
record duets with Victor Selivanov.
With the Alexandrov Ensemble, he recorded
You Often Write Soldier (music: B. Terentiev; lyrics: S. Bencken).
In 1954, he took
part in a recording of The Enchantress ( Charodeyka) by
Pyotr Tchaikovsky with the Moscow Philharmonia State Orchestra and Radio USSR
Usmanov died in 1990.
Reference 2 (for additional recordings)