|Birth name||Urmas Alender|
|Born||22 November 1953|
|Died||28 September 1994
MS Estonia (sunk) Baltic Sea
|Associated acts||Shades (1969–1970)
In 1971, Alender fronted the progressive rock band Ruja with pianist Rein Rannap. The band was influenced by such Western acts as Genesis, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson and often incorporated the poetry of Estonian writers Juhan Viiding and Ott Arder into the lyrics. The band were one of the first nationally commercially successful rock bands to perform in their native Estonian language. Alender would remain with the band until its demise in 1988.
From 1979 until 1980, Urmas Alender also fronted the Estonian punk rock band Propeller. Other bands Alender performed with were Teravik (1973–1976), Data (1988–1989), and in 1983, he briefly played in an outfit called Kaseke.
On 28 September 1994, while en route from Tallinn to Stockholm, Sweden, Urmas Alender died when his ship, the cruiseferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea. He is survived by a daughter, Yoko Alender.
In 2003, Liia Sakkos made a documentary about Alender, titled Teisel pool vett (English: On the Other Side of the Water, also a title of a song by Ruja).
- "Vana kloun" (1992)
- "Hingelind" (1994)
- "Kogutud teosed. 1968-1980. Esimene osa." (2000)
- "Kogutud teosed. 1981-1993. Teine osa." (2000)
- "Kui mind enam ei ole" (2001)
- "Kohtumine Albertiga" (2-CD, 2003)
- "Kohtumine Albertiga" (2003)
- "Armastuse ämblik" (2003)
- Urmas Alender at the Internet Movie Database
- Urmas Alender Biography
- Postimees: Mitmekülgne Urmas Alender saanuks laupäeval 50 21.11.2003