Czech Singer-songwriter Karel Kryl was born 12 April 1944 in Kroměříž.

In 1968 Karel Kryl moved to Prague where he performed his songs in his spare time in many small clubs. After the invasion of the Warsaw Pact into Czechoslovakia in August 1968 he released his first album including the protest song Bratříčku zavírej vrátka which was spontaneously composed on 22.8.1968 as a reaction to the occupation. The whole album described his approach to the inhumanity of the regime and his attitude to the life under communist rule. The album was released in 1969 and was immediately banned and removed from the market.

Soon after the occupation Kryl fled Czechoslovakia in 1969 to West Germany where he applied for political asylum. He continued with his production of protest songs. Although all his albums were banned in Czechoslovakia they were broadly listened to and sung and became a main component of the underground protest.

After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he came back to Czechoslovakia but he was later disappointed with the social development in the country and continued with the protest songs criticising politicians. He left the Czech Republic to Germany again and shortly after he died in the Munich hospital from a heart attack on 3 March 1994.