Popularly known as Mr. Trololo, Edward Khil was a very talented pop star and singer. To most people, he is simply known as the Soviet pop star turned meme. Khil gained huge international recognition in 2010 when a 1976 video in which he sang a non-lexical vocal version of the song “I’m Very Happy Because I’m Coming Home At Last” was uploaded to YouTube. It took a while for it to go viral thus giving it the name Mr. Trololo which eventually stuck.

Who was Edward Khil?

Born on the 4thSeptember 1934 in Smolensk, Russia (then USSR), to Anatoly Vasilievich Khil and Yelena Pavlovna. Edward Khil was a Soviet Union pop star and singer. Childhood life was difficult for young Khil. The situation worsened after his parents separated and he had to be raised alone by his mother, who was an accountant at the time. Things got even worse for the young Khil when his kindergarten was bombed during World War II, which led to his hometown being occupied by Nazi Germany and his separation from his mother. He was transferred to Bekovo, Penza Oblast, where he ended up in a children’s home lacking basic amenities such as clean water, electricity, adequate shelter and food. due to the war. Khil’s passion for singing came at a very young age. As a child, he regularly sang for wounded soldiers in nearby hospitals

In 1943, when his hometown was liberated from Nazi Germany, he was finally reunited with his mother. Soon after, they settled in the city of Leningrad with the hope of a better life. In Leningrad, Khil enrolled and graduated from a printing college. In 1955, he enrolled at the Leningrad Conservatory and studied under Yevgeny Olkhovsky and Zoya Lodyi.

In 1958 Khil met Zoya Pravdina, a ballerina, at the Leningrad Conservatory. During the summer and fall of 1958, they toured together and developed romantic feelings for each other. They finally got married on the 1 st of December 1958.

Cognitive importance should be put on the factKhil’s love for pop music came after graduation in 1960, having attended a concert by Klavdiya Shuhzhenko. This served as his motivation to start playing popular music. In the Soviet Union, however, any form of vulgar language in songs could lead to its banning or censorship. So for Khil to be successful in this kind of music, it shows not only how talented he was, but also how passionate he was about music.

His love and zeal for music finally paid off in 1962, when he won the competition of exclusively Russian performers. This was the start of great things to come in his career. In 1965, Khil was invited to perform at the festival of Soviet songs. He also recorded more success in the same year by placing second at the Sopot International Song Festival. His musical career was rich in success, his passion for music pushed him to new heights and earned him several plaques along the way, making him one of the most decorated Russian musicians of all time. .

5 facts you need to know

1. Edward Khil’s family life

He met his wife Zoya Pravdina in 1958, when they were both performers at the Leningrad Conservatory and it only took him a summer and autumn tour to ignite their feelings and unite their hearts.

On December 1, 1958, the lovebirds got married. It is also a joy to know that he spent the rest of his life married to his one and same love, until his last breath. They had only one child, a boy named Dmitri, born in 1963. Khil also had a grandson named Eduardo, in his honor.

2. He didn’t just sing

Did you know Russian pop sensation Edward Khil visited 80 countries in his lifetime? However, life wasn’t all about the stage for Khil. You would be surprised to know that Khil was once a teacher. Between 1977 and 1979, Edward Khil taught solo singing at the St Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy. He loved doing this because it gave him joy to be able to pass on immense knowledge and experience to other people.

3. Things aren’t always good for Edward Khil.

The early 1900s marked the beginning of the end of his incredible musical career. It is also important to realize that after his long, award-winning musical career, he returned to private life and worked in a Parisian cafe singing Cabaret.

4. His rewards

Edward’s awards include Meritorious Artist of the RSFSR which he won in 1968, Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1971), People Artist of the RSFSR (1974), Lemon Komsomol Award which he won in 1976, the Stephen Wolf Prize (2010) and the Golden Gramophone Prize given to him in 2011, to name a few. Its success was very vivid for everyone to see as it was labeled the Symbol of Leningrad

5. How He Died

Khil suffered a partial stroke on April 8, 2012 and was rushed to Mariinsky Hospital in Saint Petersburg where he fell into a coma immediately. He was later diagnosed with irreversible brain damage. After all the struggles to save his life, Khil finally gave up the ghost on June 4, 2012 due to stroke complications.