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People’s Artist of Russia, singer and composer Alexander Gradsky died in Moscow at the age of 73, Russian media reported on Sunday, November 28. Two days ago, Gradsky was urgently hospitalized in intensive care with suspected stroke. The hospitalization was preceded by a sharp deterioration in health after he had been ill with covid in September. Recently, as reported by the singer’s entourage, he did not get out of bed.

Alexander Gradsky was born in the city of Kopeysk in 1949. In 1963 he made his debut in Moscow as a singer in the vocal-instrumental ensemble “Cockroaches”, which consisted of Polish students of Moscow State University (MSU). Later, Gradsky created his own collectives “Slavyane” (1965) and “Skomorokhi” (1966) – one of the first rock groups in the USSR.

Author of over 200 songs

In 1974 Alexander Gradskiy graduated from the faculty of academic singing of the Gnessin Academy with a degree in opera and concert-chamber singer. During his musical career, he has written over 200 songs. Gradsky is the author of music for many films, including Romance of Lovers (1974) and Prisoner of the If Castle (1989), he is the creator of the rock operas Stadium (1985) and The Master and Margarita (2009).

In 2015, Alexander Gradsky became the artistic director of the Moscow theater “Gradsky Hall”. Since 2012, he has been taking part in the “Voice” project of Channel One as a mentor. The 10th season of the show with the participation of Gradsky began to air on Channel One on October 8, at the time of the artist’s death, eight episodes were on the air.

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