Viktor Klimenko (singer)
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|Viktor Savvich Klimenko|
Viktor Klimenko in 2011.
24 November 1942 |
Klimenko was born in Karelia, to a Ukrainian Cossack father, Savva Klimenko, and a Russian mother, Olga Glotova. A few years after his birth, his family moved to Finland. There, he became a musician and appeared in several films, mostly appearing as himself. The Eurovision Song Contest 1965 was his first appearance outside of Finland; his song didn't earn any points in the competition.
In 1970, Klimenko released the album Stenka Rasin across Europe. The album, containing Russian songs, went gold in the Finnish market—the first record to do so in Finland. Later, it was certified platinum. This success was followed by a decade of concerts around the world. Klimeno had nine more gold records and one more platinum record.
Klimenko rebranded himself as a Gospel singer in 1980, after having a personal religious revelation.
- Helopaltio, Kari (Nov 27, 1971). "Finland: company round-up". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- Barclay, Simon. Eurovision Song Contest - The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. Simon Barclay. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
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