November 24, 2010 by staff 

Edward Khil aka Trolololol
Eduard Anatolyevich Khil (Russian: ?????? ??????????? ????; born 4 September 1934, Smolensk, Western Oblast), sometimes anglicised to as Edward Hill,[1] is a Soviet-Russian baritone singer and a recipient of the People’s Artist Award of the RSFSR.

Songs and style


He was the first artist to sing such songs as Woodcutters (???????? in Russian) and Moon Stone (?????? ??????) by Arkady Ostrovsky, and Song about Friend (????? ? ?????), Blue Cities (??????? ??????), And People Go To the Sea (? ???? ?????? ? ????) by Andrey Petrov. Other popular songs performed by Khil included From What the Homeland Begins? (? ???? ?????????? ???????), How the Steamers Are Seen Off (??? ????????? ????????), Winter (????), Birch Sap (????????? ???), Alder Catkin (??????? ????????), We Need Only the Victory (??? ????? ???? ??????), and many others.


Khil’s manner of execution of songs is unique and easily recognizable in Russia, characterized by charm, always having a great sounding bright, sonorous voice and the flight of lyrical baritone, with the powerful charge of optimism and humour[5]. On the stage Gil kept very confident, smart, accompanying singing light dance moves and spectacular gestures. By never changing his academic style of singing, Khil enjoyed enviable career longevity.


Eduard Khil is married to Zoya, and the couple have a son, Dmitri (born in 1963). Eduard Khil also has a grandson also named Eduard. Khil met Zoya at the Leningrad Conservatory where he sang, whilst she danced. Afterwards they went on tour together, where their romance began. They got married two months later.[5]

The family name Khil is not derived from Hill. The singer stated in an interview that he probably has a Spanish ancestor with the surname Gil, which is pronounced similar to hill.[5]

Early life


Eduard Khil was born on September 4, 1934 in Smolensk to Anatoly Khil, a mechanic, and Helena, an accountant.[2] Life as a child was hard on Khil, with his family breaking up and was brought up by his mother. During the Great Patriotic War (WWII Eastern Front), his kindergarten was bombed, so was separated from his mother and evacuated to Bekovo, Penza Oblast where he ended up in a children’s home, which lacked basic facilities, such as food. Despite this Khil regulary performed in front of wounded soldiers in the nearby hospital.[2] He was reunited with his mother in 1943 when Smolensk was liberated from Nazi Germany and in 1949 moved to Leningrad, where he enrolled and then graduated from printing college.[2] In 1955, Khil enrolled to the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied under direction of Evgeni Olkhovksky and Zoya Lodyi. He graduated in 1960.[2] During his studies, he began performing various lead operatic roles, including Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro”.[2]
Career and success

After graduating he fell in love with pop music after attending a K.I. Shulzenko concert[2], and started to perform popular music. This lead to him winning several prizes in the next two decades. He won the “All Russian Competition for Performers” in 1962 and was invited to perform at the “Festival of Soviet Songs” in 1965[2]. He attained second place in Sopot International Song Festival in 1965[3]. In 1967, composer Andrey Petrov won the USSR State Prize for a collection of songs performed mainly by Khil,[2] and in 1968 Khil won the Meritorious Artist of the RSFSR. The Order of the Red Banner of Labour was awarded in 1971[4], and Russia’s most prestigious artist award, the People’s Artist of Russia, was awarded to Khil in 1974.[3] He was so successful that the public called him the ‘Symbol of Leningrad’[5].
Khil performing at the 65th anniversary Victory Day Parade (St. Petersburg) in 2010

In 1977-1979, Khil taught solo singing at the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.

Khil has toured in over 80 countries[2] and currently lives at Tolstoy House (??????????? ???) in St. Petersburg.[6]

After his singing career faded in the early 1990s, Khil re-entered private life and worked in a cafe in Paris, singing cabaret. Since 1997, Khil has been involved with his son in a joint project with the rock group Prepinaki.

For his 75th birthday, Khil was awarded Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 4th Class in 2009 by Russia[2] and in 2010 performed in St. Petersburg’s Victory Day Parade.

After retiring from a singing career, Khil slowly faded into obscurity in his later years. In 2010, Khil reclaimed the spotlight when he became the subject of the viral Trololo internet meme on YouTube, thanks to the spreading popularity of a single-serving website “” featuring a 1976[citation needed] video of a vocalised version of the song, “I Am Glad I’m Finally Going Home” (? ????? ???, ???? ?, ???????, ??????????? ?????).[7]

Internet meme


In 2009, a 1976 video of Khil singing a non-lexical vocable version of the song I Am Glad, Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home (? ????? ???, ???? ?, ???????, ??????????? ?????) was uploaded to YouTube,[8] and quickly became an Internet meme[1] known as “”Trololololololololololo” or “Trololo”,[9] giving Khil the nickname “Mr. Trololo” or “Trololo Man”.[9] The song itself was written by Arkady Ostrovsky, and was also performed by Valery Obodzinsky,[10][11] Hungarian singer János Koós[12] and by Muslim Magomayev on the Little Blue Light program in the Soviet Union.[13] The name “Trololo” is an onomatopoeia of the distinctive way Khil vocalizes throughout the song.
Meaning and the original text of the song

It may be a bit surprising, but the Trololo song originally had words and was an ordinary song. The song itself was a narrative about a cowboy riding a horse to his farm[14][15][16]:

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