Jaak Joala

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Jaak Joala
Jaak Joala.jpg
Born(1950-06-26)26 June 1950
Died25 September 2014(2014-09-25) (aged 64)
Tallinn, Estonia
OccupationSinger, flautist
AwardsEST Order of the White Star - 4th Class BAR.png

Jaak Joala (26 June 1950 – 25 September 2014) was an Estonian singer, musician and a member of two bands: Kristallid and Virmalised. He began as a flautist, later adding singing and bass guitar.


Early life[edit]

Jaak Joala was born in Viljandi, Estonia and grew up in Tallinn. His mother, Helgi Ridamäe, was a music teacher at various schools in Tallinn. His father was Arno Joala, who was a musician and who was later also known as a healer. When Joala turned seven years old, he started to take piano lessons and in adolescence also began taking flute lessons.[1]


Joala is considered a music legend by some.[2]

He began his musical career with the beat group Kristallid (English: The Crystals) in 1966 as a flautist, then as a singer and bassist. In 1968, he was the bassist and lead singer in the popular group Virmalised (English: Northern Lights). With Virmalised, he sang several of Toivo Kurmet's songs: Ainult sul (Only You Have), Ma ei tea, miks (I Don't Know Why), Naer (Laughter), Taas on päev (Once Again The Day) and Üksinda (Alone). Joala introduced western rock music to Estonian and Soviet audiences by singing in his native language.[3]

In the 1980s, he earned the nickname Kremlin's Nightingale because he often performed and recorded in Russia, and a large part of his repertoire, comprising songs written by such great composers as Raimonds Pauls, David Tukhmanov and Alexander Zatsepin, at that time was sung in Russian.[4]

Joala's bandmate Paap Kõlar recounted that eventually Joala grew tired of performing, saying that Goskontsert, the Soviet entertainment agency, demanded that he perform. Kõlar suggested that Joala did not have much choice as to whether to perform or not.[5]

Later career[edit]

In the 1990s, Joala's most well-known projects as a singer were with Kollane Allveelaev G (English: Yellow Submarine G). They performed 1960s music along with Ivo Linna, Karl Madis, Meelis Punder and others. In the middle of the 1990s he performed in joint concerts with Ivo Linna and Tõnis Mägi. The concert tour was nicknamed The Three Tenors Tour. After the 1990s Joala devoted his time to teaching, producing and hosting on TV/radio. In the last ten years of his life he was largely reclusive.[1]


He died on September 25, 2014. He was buried in the Forest Cemetery of Tallinn.

Popular songs[edit]

  • I'm Drawing You
  • Pick Мusic
  • Lavanda (duet with Sofia Rotaru)
  • Photos of the Loved Оnes
  • Wedding Horses



  1. ^ a b Яак Йоала: Больше не пою Лаванду
  2. ^ "Reet Linna Joalast: väliselt ligipääsmatu, aga tegelikult soe ja sõbralik" [Reet Linna about Joala: externally inaccessible, but in actuality warm and friendly]. Elu24 (in Estonian). Postimees. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. ^ Suri Jaak Joala. Õhtuleht
  4. ^ "Vahur Kersna: ei ole olemas nii kõrget ausammast, kui Jaak Joala vääriks" [Vahur Kersna: There ain't such a high statue as deserved by Jaak Joala]. Delfi Publik (in Estonian). AS Delfi. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Jaak Joala bändikaaslane: Eestis asuti teda taga nõudma siis, kui teda enam polnud…" [Jaak Joala's bandmate: In Estonia they started demanding for him when he wasn't there anymore...]. Defi Publik (in Estonian). Estonia: AS Delfi. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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