Hundreds Say Goodbye to Prominent Bulgarian Rock MusicianObituaries | April 28, 2013, Sunday // 17:43| views
Petar Gyuzelev. Image by BGNES
Hundreds of Bulgarians gathered on Sunday to pay their last respects to Petar Gyuzelev, a beloved Bulgarian rock musician who passed away earlier this week.
The lying in state took place in front of the National Library in the capital Sofia.
President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Marin Raykov were among the officials who sent letters of condolence to Gyuzelev. Former President Petar Stoyanov attended the ceremony in person.
Petar Gyuzelev was one of the founders of the legendary Bulgarian rock band Shturtsite (The Crickets), prominent on the musical scene since the distant 1967.
Gyuzelev not only authored some of their biggest hits, but some of the biggest Bulgarian rock hits ever.
After the group broke up in 1990, he founded in 1993 another star band "Stari Mutsuni" (Old Faces) which released in 1994 the hit album "Beer, Sex, and Rock-and-Roll."
Gyuzelev received numerous awards and the State order "St St Cyril and Methodius" for exceptional contributions to Bulgarian arts and culture.
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