The popular Azerbaijani and Soviet singer, composer and actor Polad Mammadov (according to his passport) is from Baku, where he was born on February 4, 1945. Polad's parents had a direct relationship to culture: father, Murtaza Mammadov-singer, People's Artist of the USSR, and his mother, Adelaide Mammadova - director of the museum.
Since his childhood, Polad was familiar with music, and he appeared on the stage for the first time in 1960 as an accompanist for his father. Two years after the stage debut, Polad showed himself to be a true pop composer, composing the well-known songs “From the First Date”, “Good Morning”, “Song of Moscow” and “Song of Sumgayit”.
From 1963 to 1968, Polad Bulbul oglu studied with composer Kara Karayev in the composition class of the Azerbaijan State Conservatory named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov. A beginner singer and composer excelled so much in his work that he was accepted into the USSR Union of Composers in 1969 and became a member of the USSR Union of Cinematographers. Since the time of study at the conservatory, Polad is seriously interested in native folklore, and this has repeatedly affected his variety and academic work.
The singer’s beautiful clear voice and hit melodies quickly made the performer popular in all union republics. Together with the pop ensemble of Azerbaijan, which he directed in the seventies of the last century, Polad Bulbul-oglu traveled all over the Soviet Union and visited many foreign countries. The peak of the artist’s popularity was in the early eighties. By this time, Polad had already become a movie star, thanks in part to the filming of the film “Do not be afraid, I’m with you!”, Which went on with stunning success in the country's cinemas in 1981.
The musical work of the artist of those years was no less successful: as a serious composer, Polad proved himself in symphonic and chamber-instrumental music, composing the popular sonatas “Absheron Rhythms”, “Variations” for piano and “Poem” for orchestra. Polad Bulbul-oglu enriched the Soviet stage with his work, bringing a whole new direction to it - the synthesis of Azerbaijani national music “mugam” with modern techniques of arrangement, which became an example to follow for future generations of musicians. The pop stars of the seventies gladly took the composer's songs to their repertoire, which immediately became hits: “Call”, “expanse”, “Illuminated World”, “Azerbaijan” and others - became popularly loved by Joseph Kobzon, Lev Leschenko, Lyudmila Senchina , Muslim Magomaev, Roxana Babayan ...
The composer created the almost impossible. It seemed that the whole musical world was obsessed with the music of Polad Bul-ugly: except for pop hits, in the seventies and eighties of the last century, vocal cycles, musicals, music for films and dramatic performances, and major symphonic works by the composer were released. At the same time, there was a parallel work as the art director, and then the director of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, since 1988 - the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan.
In 1982, Polad Bulbul-oglu was awarded the title of People's Artist of Azerbaijan. The honorable posts and awards of the outstanding son of the Azerbaijani people simply can not be counted. He is a doctor of art history at the National Creative Academy of the Azerbaijan Republic, an honorary professor at the Azerbaijan University of Culture and Art, a full member of the Europe-Asia International Humanitarian Academy, chairman of the board of the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States (IFES).
The Russian Order of Friendship for a great contribution to the strengthening and development of Russian-Azerbaijani cultural ties, Polad Bulbul-oglu received in 2005, state. Peace and Progress Award in 2010, the Commonwealth Stars Award in 2011. But how many there were before this!
Today, Bul-Bul Ogly continues to engage in social activities and music. New albums of the musician are released: “Sang Bulbul ... Sings Polad Bulbul-ogly”, consisting of Azerbaijani folk songs, under his leadership serious and large-scale work is being done to research and preserve the monuments of the Turkic culture. Polad Bulbul-ogly’s contribution to the development of cultural ties between Russia and Azerbaijan is also invaluable.