Valentina Tolkunova

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  • Name: Valentina Tolkunova ( Valentina Tolkunova )
  • Date of birth: 12 July 1946.
  • Age: 63 years
  • Date of death: March 22, 2010
  • Place of birth: Armavir, Krasnodar Krai
  • Activity: singer, people’s artist of the RSFSR
  • Marital status: was married

    Valentina Tolkunova: biography

    Valentina Tolkunova is very often called the soul of Russian song and crystal voice of Soviet music. I wonder what her stage image (long hair, aristocratic bearing, Maxi dress, and minimal makeup and jewelry) was maintained throughout a long career.

    Valentine was born in the city of Armavir, Krasnodar territory, but the first 4 years I lived in the village of Belorechenskaya. The fact that there were Tolkunova the father, Vasili Andreevich military personnel. Mother Evgenia worked at the train station. The Wali was younger by 3 years brother Sergei, who also became a singer, honored artist of Russia.

    In 1950, the year Tulkunovich family moved to Moscow. Valentina grew up not only in a close, loving family but surrounded by good vocal music. The house was constantly playing records of Leonid Utesov, Claudia Shulzhenko, Pyotr Leshchenko. And Val, still very small, learning all their songs and sang favorite songs.

    After school, the girl arrived at the conductor-choral Department of the Moscow state Institute of culture, and then finished another legendary gnesinka. The first team Valentina Tolkunova was vocal-instrumental orchestra «VIO-66», which was led by Yuri Saulsky, her future husband. There’s a young singer sang songs by jazz music, and later began a solo career.


    First solo performance Valentina Tolkunova took place in 1972 in the framework of the anniversary concert of Lev Oshanin. She sang a song «Oh, Natasha,» and as the concert was broadcast on television, the young singer saw and heard millions of viewers.

    The highlight of Tolkunova was that she always sang about and for people, her repertoire includes virtually no Soviet slogans and socio-political implications of what for that time was very rare. For Valentina every song is someone’s fate, someone’s life story. In this manner she performed their hits on stage.

    Had a huge popularity with songs like «Talk to me, Mama», «I can’t», «If it were not for war», «Silver wedding», «I Stand on a substation». The voice of Tolkunova can be heard on the soundtracks of famous films and cartoons. For example, in the cartoon «Winter in Prostokvashino» sound composition «If it had not been winter» in her performance in the melodrama «romance of the lovers» — «lullaby», in the Comedy «bride from the North» — «white Feather» and so on.

    And, of course, we must mention the children’s song «lullaby», which became the headpiece of the evening program «good night, kids!», which was brought up not one generation of children. So the voice of Valentina Vasilyevna familiar to everyone Russian-speaking person, regardless of age and place of residence.

    Personal life

    In his first ensemble Valentina Tolkunova became acquainted with the composer and conductor Yuri Saulsky. He became her first man, but this marriage lasted only 6 years. Perhaps affected by the large difference in age, because the singer at the time of marriage was only 19 years old, and her husband 37.

    Three years after the divorce Tolkunova in a secular party at the Mexican Embassy, met with elegant journalist-foreign Affairs specialist Yuri Papanovym. Their romance developed rapidly, and in just a couple of months they became husband and wife. Soon was born their common son Nicholas, the only child of people’s artist. The truth is, a large female happiness Valentina was not in a second marriage. The fact that Yuri Paporov very often traveled on business trips, and at some period been away from home for more than 10 years!

    According to the former Director of the singer Nikolay Basina, she had another romantic page of life associated with the name of the physicist Vladimir Baranov. That person Valentine called «a man of God,» but to leave their families, neither he nor she did not dare. Yuri Papanovym the woman lived until the last days of his life, and the husband survived his wife only a month and a half.

    Valentina Tolkunova was always pious, but in recent years it has become even more to observe Christian customs. She even had bought a small house near the monastery, to be able to devote more time to Church service and prayers. In addition, she financially assisted the restoration of the temples, giving charity concerts.

    Illness and death

    In 1990 at Valentina Tolkunova was diagnosed with cancer of the breast. After surgery and chemotherapy the cancer went into remission, but 16 years later came back. And later the singer additionally discovered a brain tumor. Valentina refused again to go under the knife, continued to tour.

    The last concert she gave on 16 February 2010 in Mogilev, and it was after the woman was hospitalized. Since Tolkunova was in the hospital, but doctors were already powerless. 22 Mar legendary singer fell into a coma, and a few hours passed away.


    • 1972 — Standing on a substation
    • 1974 — the Year of love
    • 1976 — I had rung the showers of hay
    • 1980 — At the Christmas tree
    • 1985 — If it were not for the war
    • 1986 — Conversation with a woman
    • 1995 — I can’t help it
    • 1997 — I rural
    • 2002 — My fantasy man
    • 2011 — How to be happy


    Valentina Tolkunova

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