|Origin||Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Genres||Beat, pop rock, soft rock, rock and roll, post-punk, Euro disco, traditional pop, new wave, alternative dance|
|Labels||Melody, Balkanton, Bomba Music|
|Associated acts||David Tukhmanov, Vyacheslav Dobrynin|
|Past members||Anatoly Alyoshin, Jury Andreev, Alexander Barykin, Lyudmila Barykina, Leonid Berger, Nina Brodskaja, Alexander Buinov, Alexey Glyzin, Alexander Gradsky, Alexander Dobronravov, Alexander Dobrynin, Alexander Lerman, Vyacheslav Malezhik, Robert Mushkambarjan, Alla Pugachyova, Svetlana Rezanova, Vladimir Fazylov, Victor Chajka, Jury Chernavsky|
Vesyolye Rebyata (Russian: Весёлые Ребята, which means "jolly fellows") is a Soviet VIA band formed in 1966, in Moscow. It became one of the most successful and best known VIA bands of all time. Its debut album sold 15,795,000 copies and its membership included at various times such popular Soviet era singers as Alla Pugachova, Alexander Gradsky, and Alexander Barykin. As of 2006, the band had sold a record-shattering 179,850,000 records.
Vesyolye Rebyata was a VIA band created in 1966 by the Soviet pianist and composer Pavel Slobodkin. Two years later, the band won the All-Soviet competition for best youthful song performance and in 1969, they won the All-Soviet competition for best song.
In 1970, the Soviet recording monopolist Melodia (Melody) released the band's first record, which sold a remarkable 15,795,000 copies. Hits from this initial record included "People meet" (Russian: Люди встречаются), "You don't care" (Russian: Тебе всё равно), "With each other's hand" (Russian: Взявшись за руки вдвоём), "Portrait by Picasso" (Russian: Портрет работы Пабло Пикассо), "How beautiful is this world" (Russian: Как прекрасен этот мир), "Song, my song" (Russian: Песня, моя песня).
In 1973, the band recorded one of the best known albums, "Love - a huge country" (Russian: Любовь — огромная страна). In 1974, Slobodkin invited a young female vocalist named Alla Pugacheva to perform with the band. In 1975, Pugacheva won the Golden Orpheus award in Bulgaria with the song Arlekino that launched her now legendary music career in the Soviet Union. In 1976, the band toured East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria and won a number of musical awards in those countries.
In 1980, the band released a new LP titled "We should be friends" (Russian: Дружить нам надо) and took part in the cultural component of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Veselie Rebiata followed this up in 1981 with another LP, this one titled "Disco club" (Russian: Дискоклуб). That same year, they won the top prize at the All-Soviet pop and rock music festival held in Yerevan.
In 1983, the band recorded a new album titled "Banana islands" (Russian: Банановые острова). In 1985, they won the grand prize at an international music competition in Bratislava for the song "Wandering artists" (Russian: Бродячие артисты). The same year, the band did an international tour, performing in Finland, East Germany, Hungary, and Cuba. In 1986, they recorded their sixth album, titled "Just a minute" (Russian: Минуточку). From 1986 until 1992, Veselie Rebiata was repeatedly nominated to the "Song of the year" (Russian: Песня года) Soviet festival. In 1991, the band released a double album of best hits to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
In 2005, the band is reconstituted with new membership and in 2006 they are given the "Platinum record #1" award for setting the record in Russia and Eastern Europe for most records sold at 179,850,000. In 2007, the band released two CDs: "Love - child of the planet" (Russian: Любовь-дитя планеты) and "When we are quiet together" (Russian: Когда молчим вдвоём). In 2008, they took part in the international music festival Diskoteka 80s, sponsored by the Russian radio station Avtoradio.
In 2011, the band released a new album with the French title "Cherche la..." and once again performed at the now annual "Diskoteka 80s" festival. In 2012, the band released its ninth album titled "Write me a letter" (Russian: Напиши мне письмо).
- Media related to Vesyolye Rebyata at Wikimedia Commons
- http://www.veselyerebjata.ru/ - official site (Russian)
- Vesiolie Rebiata discography at Discogs