In the seventies, this guy gets up on Russian television and sings the equivalent of "la la la la la." It's a dud. BUT, after the turn of the Century, the song becomes FAMOUS on YouTube.
After the vid went viral, Eduard Khil (Mr. Trololo) was pleased to be famous. But, he didn't understand that people were laughing at him. Whatever. Fame is fame, right?
There is a rumor that Mr. Trololo sang this song on Russian television without the lyrics because the words reflected a positive view on America and the Russians prohibited him from singing them. According to his son, however...
In 2009, the Russian government awarded him with a "Fourth Class Order of Merit for the Fatherland." He died on June 4, 2012, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at the age of 77. He died famous.Nobody banned its lyrics, but my father just composed the music during the period of his disagreement with Lev Oshanin. The latter told him that the lyrics are more important in a song and that a composer is nothing without a lyricist. So Dad told him during the argument, "Well, I don't need your verses at all, I'll manage without them."—Mikhail Ostrovsky