“The great and generous talent, unique vocal talents, impeccable artistic taste allowed you to achieve high recognition, write bright pages in the history of Russian pop art,” the Kremlin’s congratulatory telegram says.

Putin wished Gradsky health, success and inexhaustible inspiration.

Alexander Gradsky stood at the origins of Russian rock and is one of those who popularized and took this direction out of the underground. Many of the compositions - for example, “How Young We Were,” “Once Upon a Time I Lived,” and “We Did Not Expect Change,” were remembered by the listeners precisely in his performance.

Gradsky became the author of music for many films, including Andrei Konchalovsky's Romance of the Lovers, and he composed the rock operas Stadium and The Master and Margarita.