A Tribute to the Trololol Man

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Today, for my what to watch when high segment, I’d like to pay tribute to the amazing Eduard Khil, better known as the “Trololol Man.” Although the Russian baritone singer died back in 2012, his non-lexical vocable version of the song, “I Am Glad, ‘Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home,” has left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of stoners everywhere – it is absolutely glorious, and no one can deny that! With that being said, toke up and enjoy this nice relaxing tune by our man Eduard Khil. (If only he were still around today, we Stoned Girls would have loved to meet him!)

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Eduard Khil’s Wikipedia Profile

Eduard Anatolyevich Khil  (often transliterated as Edward Hill); 4 September 1934 – 4 June 2012) was a Russian baritone singer and a recipient of the People’s Artist Award of the Russian SFSR. Khil became known to international audiences in 2010 when a 1976 recording of him singing a non-lexical vocable version of the song “I am very glad, as I’m finally returning back home” (Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой) became an Internet meme, often referred to as “Trololol”,or “Trololo” as an onomatopoeia of the song, or the “Russian Rickroll“. The song is now commonly associated with Internet trolling.


After graduating  he fell in love with pop music after attending a Klavdiya Shulzhenko concert, and started to perform popular music. This led 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.  He attained second place in Sopot International Song Festival in 1965.  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, 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’.

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

Khil toured in over 80 countries and lived at Tolstoy House (Толстовский дом) in St. Petersburg.

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

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

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