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
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • pianist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1972–2019

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. He was a member of the bands Leap Summer, Autograph, and Rock Atelier [ru].[4] Some of his most well-known songs are Night Rendezvous,[1] Closing the Ring,[5] and Tired Taxi.[6][7] Most online sources indicated that Kelmi was a pseudonym, and the musician's surname was Kalinkin. Kelmi denied this version.[8] 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.[9]

Kris Kelmi died on the evening of 1 January 2019 at his Moscow Oblast home from cardiac arrest caused by alcohol abuse.[3][10]


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