People’s Artist of Russia Eduard Khil, known more recently as the “Trololo Man,” passed away in the early hours of Monday morning in St. Petersburg, leaving behind a legacy spanning generations.
Khil became famous as a singer in the Soviet Union, performing the songs “Loggers,” “The Moonstone” and “Blue City,” among others. He also performed “From Where the Motherland Begins,” a song President Vladimir Putin has reprised in recent years.
Khil’s popularity faded after the fall of the Soviet Union, but he shot back into the spotlight in 2010 when his wordless 1966 song “I’m Very Glad That I’m Finally Coming Home” became an Internet sensation, with the song’s “la la la” vocalizations earning him the name “Trololo Man” among Western audiences.
Khil himself was happy to learn about the newfound popularity of the song, telling LifeNews he had not known about his Internet popularity, “but what can I say, it’s pleasant. Thanks for the good news.”
[Source: The Moscow Times]