|Born||Arkady (Avraam) Il'ich Ostrovsky
February 25 [O.S. February 12] 1914
Syzran, Simbirsk Governorate, Russian Empire
|Died||September 18, 1967
Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Arkady (Avraam) Il'ich Ostrovsky (also spelled Ostrovskij, Ostrovskyj Russian: Аркадий (Авраам) Ильич Островский) (February 25 [O.S. February 12], 1914 – September 18, 1967) was a Soviet Russian composer of light music, the author of the song May There Always Be Sunshine and other Soviet songs of the 1960s, including the lullaby of Good Night, Little Ones, the children's TV program aired for more than 50 years.
He died in Sochi.
In 2009, a 1976 video of singer Eduard Khil singing Ostrovsky's vocalise I am very glad, because I’m finally going home (Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой) was uploaded to YouTube and quickly became an Internet meme known as "Trololololololololololo." The song itself was written by Ostrovsky, and was also performed by Valery Obodzinsky and by Muslim Magomayev on Little Blue Light.
Ostrovsky's son, Mikhail, is quoted as saying:
We have been friends with Edik for about forty years. Dad valued him highly, and had he lived to this day he would be terribly happy to learn of the world-wide popularity of Vocalise. For him, the most important reward was not money but the popularity of his songs. You should have seen what used to happen to him when he met a group of people singing his hit loud.— Mikhail Ostrovsky, Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian)
- memorial site (with music samples)