Alexander Gradsky is a Soviet and Russian singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, poet, and composer. He is one of the founders of Russian rock, Honored Artist of Russia (1997), laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1999), People’s Artist of Russia (1999), People’s Artist of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (2014).
Alexander Borisovich Gradsky was born on November 3, 1949 in Kopeisk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, RSFSR, USSR. His father Boris Abramovich Fradkin (1926-2013) was a mechanical engineer. In 1957 the family returned to Moscow. His mother, Tamara Gradskaya (1929-1963), a graduate of GITIS, had great influence on the development of the future musician.
In 1965, he founded Soviet rock group The Slavs and a year later, in 1966, Skomorokhs, which brought him the greatest popularity.