Vocalist Eduard Khil, a beloved Russian musician who found worldwide fame through an unlikely internet musical clip, died this week after suffering a stroke. He was 77.
Most people outside of Russia had no idea who Khil was until 2010, when his "Trololo Song" surfaced on the web, capturing millions of fans, including Steven Colbert,. He "highlighted it as a tonic for disappointment", notes the Christian Science Monitor.
In the 1976 video, Khil cheerfully bobs, yodels, chuckles and hums through the wordless song, wearing a brown suit coat, and overly pomaded hair. It's probably safe to guess his mustard color background with the steel props didn't win any art direction awards.
Khil is humming, says the AP, because the actual words to the song weren't likely to survive Soviet Union censors. The tune was co-written with Arkady Ostrovsky and its real title was quite different: "I'm Very Happy Because I Am Finally Coming Home".