Veronika Kruglova

Veronika Kruglova

Country: Russia

  1. Biography of Veronika Kruglova
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Marriage to Vilen Kirillovsky
  4. New Life and Career
  5. Marriage to Iosif Kobzon
  6. Marriage to Vadim Mulerman

Biography of Veronika Kruglova

Veronika Kruglova, a Soviet pop singer, was as popular in the 60s and 70s as contemporary singers like Alsou or Kristina Orbakaite. Her concerts were always packed, with fans showering her with bouquets, and her super hits like "Top-top, the baby is stomping", "Possible", and "I see nothing, I hear nothing" were sung by the whole country. But the most interesting part of her life was her marriages to two superstars of the Soviet pop scene - Iosif Kobzon and Vadim Mulerman. To talk to Veronika about her married life with these famous men, journalist Boris Kudryavov visited her in San Francisco, where she has been living for the past 12 years. Boris presented Veronika with a bouquet of seven burgundy roses, and it turned out he was right on target. "Seven is my favorite number," confessed Veronika. "During the war, we were evacuated from Stalingrad to Ufa. The Germans bombed the train, and only our wagon number 7 remained intact. Ever since then, I have loved that number...".

Veronika Kruglova

Early Life and Career

Veronika was born in Saratov, but her family moved there after the war. Her father owned a house in Saratov, where Veronika completed her schooling and attended the theater studio at the local youth theater. However, she dropped out of school after falling madly in love with a conversational genre artist and pursued a career in pop music. She was a fickle and incredibly infatuated girl. However, her infatuations often lasted only a few days, sometimes a week, and at most a month. When she fell in love, she immediately created an image of her ideal man, trying to fit him into her own definition of a real man. If there were any discrepancies, her interest vanished. Veronika's entire life was spent searching for perfect love, which may have hindered her from fully pursuing her career. "God, almost all female pop artists have such difficult fates..." she remarked.

Marriage to Vilen Kirillovsky

Veronika's first husband was Vilen Kirillovsky, who worked at the Stalingrad Philharmonic. He was tall, handsome, and well-mannered - everything one could wish for. However, his name is not well-known today. This man could not overshadow the fame of Arkady Raikin. Veronika recalled, "We were once on tour in Leningrad. The administrators, unaware of our marriage, asked each of us separately to join the Leningrad Concert Hall. I made it clear that I would only agree if my spouse could join too. They refused. And Kirillovsky agreed to stay without me! His actions could only mean one thing - divorce." Their joint concerts became challenging to perform. Feeling the impending separation, Vilen admitted, "I made a mistake. You are too young and not ready for a serious married life." He calmly packed his bags and left. It was my first major life tragedy. Tears poured like rain for days. I had to return to Saratov.

A month later, Vilen unexpectedly started sending letters confessing his love and claiming that he couldn't work or live without me. Friends advised, "Don't go back, he treated you badly!" But there was still something warm in my inexperienced soul that needed to see the object of my affection. When I visited Leningrad during my vacation, I found out that my ex-husband had already been fired from the concert hall. He started working in the regional philharmonic in the group of popular singer Lydia Klement, who tragically died of cancer at the age of 28.

New Life and Career

With the help of famous jazz musician David Goloschekin, Veronika won a significant creative competition. She started receiving invitations from all the super popular ensembles in Leningrad and chose Pavel Rudakov's group. For a girl from Saratov, the maestro of the pop scene seemed like an idol. He was considered one of Khrushchev's favorites and frequently traveled to Moscow for government concerts with his stage partner Barinov. The two years they worked together were the happiest in Veronika's career. Pavel treated her like a daughter. She became popular even though she never sang the chart-topping hits. She preferred simple lyrical songs. She spent two years in the popular group, almost living in poverty. Then she received an invitation from Oleg Lundstrem. She had to leave Rudakov's group. However, she only stayed in Lundstrem's famous orchestra for four months because she became pregnant with Iosif Kobzon.

Marriage to Iosif Kobzon

They met in Leningrad at a concert around 1963-1964. Kobzon watched her performance from backstage and expressed his desire to meet her. Veronika recalled, "He was coming down the stairs in a funny way, almost sideways as if he were a celebrity. He didn't introduce himself, he just kept talking... Maybe he already considered himself the king of the stage at that time?" When asked if she was immediately attracted to him as a singer, Veronika categorically said no. He was not very expressive or artistic. He sang like many others at the time. There was nothing special about him back then. He stood on stage like a statue, as if he had swallowed a ruler, and strained to produce sounds: "We have a little stomp in our yard..." Now he has become a magnificent singer and performs songs much better than in his youth.

Veronika did not initially pay much attention to him. In fact, he stole the sheet music from her. A fantastic melodist, Stanislav Pozhlakov, had written a song called "Top-top, the baby is stomping", and Veronika became the first performer of that song. The only copy of the sheet music was in her bag. Somehow, Kobzon managed to take those notes. Other artists told her about him rummaging through the stack of sheet music. She had to call him at the "Oktyabrskaya" hotel. He arrogantly responded, "Yes, my musician accidentally took the notes. I apologize. You can pick them up anytime." Veronika was taught by her mother that it was inappropriate to visit men at hotels. She replied, "No, I will come to the hotel now. Please come downstairs and bring the notes." He fulfilled her request. As soon as Pozhlakov wrote the second part and the orchestration, our song was quickly recorded in Moscow by Kobzon and Miansarova. Even after many years, it is difficult to describe such an act as anything other than theft.

Their relationship was not easy. It was hard to call it a romance because for a long time, it was one-sided. Kobzon relentlessly pursued and chased after me. Once, Rudakov's group went on tour in Moscow. The performances took place at the Estrada Theater. After I finished my performance and was in the cafeteria, I heard the assistant director's voice say, "Is Veronika Kruglova here? Please come to the phone immediately." I was shocked and asked, "Are you sure it's for me? Who could be calling me in Moscow?" The response came, "It's Iosif Kobzon!" I refused, citing personal plans. But he showed up with some friends. It didn't excite me; I had a negative attitude towards going out to restaurants.

A year passed, and Kobzon started following me on tour. By that time, he had become a popular singer. Whenever he appeared in a city, it became an event. One day, while working at the television studio in Moscow, editor Ira Zinkina approached me and asked, "Can I congratulate you? Are you getting married to Iosif?" I was taken aback and asked, "Who said that?" She replied, "Kobzon himself!" Those words, spoken in vain, started putting pressure on me. I felt obligated because people assumed that if Kruglova didn't marry Kobzon, it meant he had left her. Public opinion began to weigh heavily on me.

Iosif courted me in a rather ordinary way. I had been showered with flowers all my life during concerts. Unfortunately, I cannot recall anything good associated with this person. We were together for about three years. Our relationship went through typical stages: we got together, got married, divorced, and then got back together. It was a cycle of long farewells and unnecessary tears. All these unpleasant events were part of my personal tragedy. My marriage to Kobzon broke me and crushed me mentally. As they say, my life and creative drive disappeared.

Marriage to Vadim Mulerman

After divorcing Kobzon, Veronika's life took another turn. She met Vadim Mulerman, a famous Soviet pop musician. They got married, but unfortunately, their marriage also ended in divorce. Veronika's personal life had been full of ups and downs, marked by her search for true love. She focused on her career and continued performing, eventually moving to the United States, where she has been living for the past 12 years.

Veronika Kruglova's life was not easy, but she left a significant mark on the Soviet pop music scene. Her talent, determination, and perseverance allowed her to become one of the most beloved and popular singers of her time. Despite the challenges she faced in her personal life, Veronika's passion for music and her love for performing never wavered. Today, she is remembered as a true icon of Soviet pop music.