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Kris Kelmi (real name Anatoli Arievich Kelmi, Russian: Анатолий Арьевич Кельми;[1][2] 21 April 1955 – 1 January 2019[3]) was a Soviet and Russian rock and pop musician and composer.[4] He was a member of the bands Leap Summer, Autograph, and Rock Atelier [ru].[5] Some of his most well-known songs are Night Rendezvous,[1] Closing the Ring,[6] and Tired Taxi.[7][8] Most online sources indicated that Kelmi was a pseudonym, and the musician's surname was Kalinkin. Kelmi denied this version.[9] Kelmi believed that he most likely was Lithuanian on his father's side, explaining that there is a town in Lithuania called Kelmė, which is consonant with his last name. Kris took the nickname in 1972, after Dr. Kris Kelvin, the hero of Stanisław Lem's novel, Solaris.[10]

Kris Kelmi
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Kris Kelmi (1997)
Background information
Birth nameAnatoli Arievich Kelmi
Born(1955-04-21)21 April 1955
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died1 January 2019(2019-01-01) (aged 63)
Novoglagolevo [ru], Naro-Fominsky District, Moscow Oblast, Russia
GenresPop, Russian music, Rock music
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter, pianist
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1972–2019
Associated actsOlga Kormukhina
Valeri Syutkin
Alexandr Kutikov
Arthur Berkut
Pavel Smeyan

Kris Kelmi died on the evening of 1 January 2019 at his Moscow Oblast home from cardiac arrest caused by alcohol abuse.[3][11]


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