Alexander Nikolaevich Vertinsky was born on March 21, 1889, in Kyiv, Russian Empire. Russian and Soviet pop artist, film actor, composer, poet and singer, the pop idol of the first half of the 20th century. Laureate of the 1951 Stalin Prize. From 1915 he performed on the stage, creating a special image using Pierrot's costume and makeup. Emigrated from Russia in 1919. Has performed in cabarets and restaurants in many countries around the world. He wrote songs on the verses of Sergei Yesenin, Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, as well as on his own. Collections of the singer's poems and songs were published abroad. Vertinsky's poetic and musical creativity influenced the development of song culture in Russia, the so-called author's and bard's song, as well as Russian rock poetry.