Arkady (Avraam) Il'ich Ostrovsky
February 25 [O.S. February 12] 1914
|Died||September 18, 1967 (aged 53)|
|Resting place||Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow|
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)
Ostrovsky is the author of dozens of popular songs in the post-Soviet countries. For example he is author of music for the song "Let there always be sunshine", which was "taken" under the name of 'Gabriel' into repertoire of the swedish band 'Hootenanny Singer' without specifying the author.
In Russian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFhphQcHpUY
In English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKskFdD-0Fk
- memorial site (with music samples)