Polad Bülbüloğlu

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Polad Bülbüloğlu
Полад Бюльбюль-оглы.jpg
On the ceremony of rewarding the order of Honour. (2015)
Background information
Birth name Polad Murtuza oğlu Məmmədov
Born (1945-02-04) February 4, 1945 (age 72)
Origin Baku, AzSSR, USSR
Genres Pop, folk
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, actor
Years active 1968–present

Polad Bülbüloğlu (Russian: Полад Бюль-Бюль Оглы; born February 4, 1945) is a Soviet and Azerbaijani singer, actor, politician, and diplomat. Bülbüloğlu became famous in the Soviet Union with composing jazz-influenced pop songs which has heavy Azeri folk feelings in Russian and Azerbaijani languages.[1] He also sang his own songs. Three of his songs became Songs of the Year and he received numerous prestigious awards in the Soviet Union. Bülbüloğlu is a lyrical tenor.

In the 1990s, despite having a huge success with a new version of his old song Gəl Ey Səhər (Come, Hey Morning!) in Turkey and sold out concerts in Russia, Bülbüloğlu started a political career. He became the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan and is currently the Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia.[2]


"Retro: Greatest Hits" cover. Bülbüloğlu's music mainly mixed the American jazz music with Azerbaijani folk style.

Bülbüloğlu was born Polad Murtuza oğlu Məmmədov on February 4, 1945 in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR. His father was Bulbul (1897–1961), a famous Azeri opera singer and a native of Shusha, who exposed Polad to musical culture from an early age.[1] His Batumi-born mother Adelaida Mammadova (née Gasimova, 1922–2015), who was the director of the Bulbul Museum until her death, was the daughter of Rza Gasimov, son of an Azeri merchant from Erivan, and his wife Ketevan who belonged to the Georgian noble Vezirishvili family.[3][4] Polad studied the piano in a music school and then studied composing in the Baku Academy of Music, under Gara Garayev. By the age of 17 he composed several songs that were performed by professionals, as well as songs for his friend Muslim Magomayev. Bülbüloğlu's singing talent was also discovered on a trip to Moscow with Magomayev, where Bülbüloğlu recorded his own songs in the Azerbaijani language.[5]

In his career, Bülbüloğlu combined modern music style with national Azeri music to create a new musical stream in the Soviet Union. He toured the entire USSR and performed around the world.[1] In 1982, Bülbüloğlu became a National Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR. He participated in the Soviet television program and festival Song of the Year and won the first prize on four occasions. His songs were performed, among others, by Muslim Magomayev, Joseph Kobzon and Lev Leshchenko.[5]

In 1969, Bülbüloğlu became a member of the USSR Union of Composers and the USSR Union of Cinematographers.[6] He composed music for over twenty feature films and had leading roles in several.[1] Among others, he worked with the Russian director Eduard Smolny.[7] Bülbüloğlu has a star at the Moscow Performers' Square, inaugurated in 2000. He received a doctorate of the History of Art from the Azerbaijan National Academy of Culture and holds an honorary professorship in the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts.[1]

Polad's Bülbüloğlu son, Teimur Polad oğlu Bülbül, born in 1975, is a musician in the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and a Meritorious Artist of the Russian Federation.[8]

Public career[edit]

Bülbüloğlu managed the Azerbaijan SSR Stage Ensemble (from 1976) and the Azerbaijan National Philharmonic Orchestra for several years (from 1987),[1][5] and in 1988 became the Culture Minister of the Azerbaijan SSR. In 1995 he joined the National Assembly of Azerbaijan.[1]


  • Kazakhstan National Award of Peace and Progress (2010) – for special contribution to peace and friendship and resolution of cultural problems in the Turkish-speaking world[9]
  • International Order of the Patrons of the Century (2006) – for extraordinary achievements in diplomacy[6]
  • Russia Order of Friendship (2005) – for development of cultural ties between Russia and Azerbaijan[10]
  • Azerbaijan Order of Independence (2005) – for development of Azeri culture[11]
  • Georgia Order of Honour (2002)[6]
  • Song of the Year (1980 – Tell Your Eyes, 1979 – Beloved Country, 1978 – I am In Love, 1977 – Will Be Delighted by the Sun Again)[5]



Year Title Russian title Role
2014 Don't Worry, I am With You 2 Не бойся, я с тобой 2 Teimur
2006 Park of a Soviet Era Парк советского периода Himself
1981 Don't Worry, I am With You Не бойся, я с тобой Teimur
1973 On the Wings of Song На крыльях песни
1970 Rhythms of Apsheron Ритмы Апшерона
1970 "Margaret" Storms Бушует «Маргарита»
1966 Tales of the Russian Forest Сказки русского леса
1954 To the Beloved Nation Родному народу
Source: kino-teatr.ru (Russian)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Polad Bülbüloğlu – Biography". Kino-teatr.ru (in Russian). October 25, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Azərbaycanın RF-dakı Səfiri" (in Azerbaijani). Embassy of Azerbaijan in Moscow. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  3. ^ Brunch with Matvei Ganapolsky. Echo of Moscow. 13 December 2002.
  4. ^ Ellada Umudlu. Azərbaycan musiqisinin Bülbülü. Azerbaijan Muallimi. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Bülbüloğlu, Polad". The Russian Stage – 20th Century (in Russian). Olma Media Group. 2004. p. 99. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Bülbüloğlu, Polad". Yandex Dictionaries (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  7. ^ "Year's Best Photographers Honored" (in Russian). Kommersant. August 29, 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  8. ^ "Teimur Bülbül". Azeri.ru (in Russian). December 5, 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Nazarbayev Awarded Azerbaijan National Artist Polad Bülbüloğlu with National Award of Peace and Progress". Newskaz.ru (in Russian). December 15, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  10. ^ "Polad Bülbüloğlu Receives Order of Friendship". Peoples.ru (in Russian). January 19, 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Polad Polad Bülbüloğlu Received Order of "Istiglal"". Day.az (in Russian). February 3, 2005.