Vyacheslav Grigoryevich Dobrynin (born Petrosian on January 25, 1946, Ryazanskaya oblast, Russia) is a popular Russian composer and singer also known as Doctor Shlyager. He was awarded the People's Artist of Russia in 1996.
Dobrynin was born in 1946 to an Armenian father and a Russian mother. He studied at Moscow State University and received a diploma as an "art historian and theorist" in 1970. He subsequently worked at the Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Museum. As an amateur musician and singer he participated in different Beatles-style groups. Dobrynin started to compose songs in the late-1960s and from 1971 co-operated with the Oleg Lundstrem orchestra, "Vesyolie Rebyata", "Samotsvety" and other bands. He has written more than 1000 songs, often based on poems by Leonid Derbenyov, Robert Rozhdestvensky, Mikhail Tanich and Ilya Reznik.
In the 1980s Dobrynin started to record his own songs, and in 1990 he founded "Doctor Shlyager" band.
Dobrynin's songs are mostly dedicated to unhappy love and romantic events of a person's life. Among his most popular hits are:
- "Belaya cheryomukha"
- "Vsyo, chto v zhizni yest u menya",
- "Kachaetsya vagon",
- "Siniy tuman",
- "Dve svechi",
- "Na teplokhode muzika zvuchit",
- "Ne syp mne sol na ranu".
- "Yagoda Malina" (Ягода Малина), Raspberries
- Lenin Komsomol Prize,
- 15-times winner of Song of the Year Russia,
- Ovation prize (1991, "best composer" nomination).
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland IV degree (30 January 2006)