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In Memory of Edward Khil

Edward Khil, 77-year-old People’s artist of Russia, also known as Mr. Trololo, died on the 4th of June, 2012, from a stroke in one of St. Petersburg clinics after several months of hospitalization.

Famous Russian crooner Edward Khil was born in 1934 in Smolensk. He underwent all the difficulties of the life during WWII in his early childhood. In 1949, a young man with strong voice and broad smile came to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and a few years later entered a music academy.

First significant performance in the artistic life of Edward Khil took place in 1962, and since then he became a beloved singer of the Soviet audience. By the 80s he had received a number of prestigious awards. But soon his career almost came to an end. Unclaimed and starting to be forgotten, he went to Paris, where he spent the next several years.

Global stardom burst into Khil’s life again in 2010 with a wave of Trollface-derived memes, but an aged singer was not an active Internet user and learnt about his new success only through his grandson. The video of an old Soviet hit “I’m Glad ‘Cause I’m Finally Going Back Home” (1976) was uploaded to Youtube and immediately garnered over 2 million views.

Soon, it became an Internet sensation. The video inspired thousands of parodies, special communities were created, Western Internet shops started to sell loads of Mr.Trololo-branded merchandise.

The original lyrics of the song were telling a story about American cowboу—not a good thing to sing in the USSR in the conditions of the Cold War. So, Khil had to replace the entire lyrics with the vocalization.

Charismatic handsome man singing a catchy cheerful tro-lo-lo-lo impressed western bloggers and immediately got a name Mr Trololo. This is how one of the world major Internet memes of the XXI century was born.

In fact, Eduard Khil was not only Trololo-man. He was a symbol of the Soviet popular music scene. During his singing career, which spanned over 50 years, Khil delivered hundreds of hits. Here are some of them:

‘A Song About Friend’

‘The Last Suburban’


‘A Coward Doesn’t Play Hockey’

‘Girl Don’t Cry’

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