Kris Kelmi

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Kris Kelmi
Kris Kelmi (1997)
Kris Kelmi (1997)
Background information
Birth nameAnatoli Arievich Kelmi
Born(1955-04-21)21 April 1955
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died1 January 2019(2019-01-01) (aged 63)
Novoglagolevo [ru], Naro-Fominsky District, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • pianist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1972–2019
Associated actsOlga Kormukhina
Valeri Syutkin
Alexandr Kutikov
Arthur Berkut
Pavel Smeyan

Kris Kelmi (born Anatoli Arievich Kelmi, Russian: Анатолий Арьевич Кельми;[1][2] 21 April 1955 – 1 January 2019[3]) was a Soviet and Russian rock and pop musician and composer.[4] He was a member of the bands Leap Summer, Autograph, and Rock Atelier [ru].[5] Some of his most well-known songs are Night Rendezvous,[1] Closing the Ring,[6] and Tired Taxi.[7][8] Most online sources indicated that Kelmi was a pseudonym, and the musician's surname was Kalinkin. Kelmi denied this version.[9] Kelmi believed that he most likely was Lithuanian on his father's side, explaining that there is a town in Lithuania called Kelmė, which is consonant with his last name. Kris took the nickname in 1972, after Dr. Kris Kelvin, the hero of Stanisław Lem's novel, Solaris.[10]

Kris Kelmi died on the evening of 1 January 2019 at his Moscow Oblast home from cardiac arrest caused by alcohol abuse.[3][11]

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