Arsen Dedić

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Arsen Dedić
Arsen Dedić in 2006
Background information
Birth nameArsenije Dedić [1]
Also known asArsen
Igor Krimov
Luka Juras
Born28 July 1938
Šibenik, Littoral Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died17 August 2015(2015-08-17) (aged 77)
Zagreb, Croatia
Genres Chanson, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, poet
Years active1958–2015
Labels Jugoton, Croatia Records
Associated acts Gabi Novak

Arsenije "Arsen" Dedić (pronounced  [ǎrsen děːditɕ] ; 28 July 1938 – 17 August 2015) was a Croatian singer-songwriter. Dedić wrote and performed chansons as well as film music. He was also an award-winning poet and was one of the best-selling poets of former Yugoslavia.

A chanson is in general any lyric-driven French song, usually polyphonic and secular. A singer specializing in chansons is known as a "chanteur" (male) or "chanteuse" (female); a collection of chansons, especially from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, is also known as a chansonnier.



Arsen Dedić was born in Šibenik, in the Littoral Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia as the second child of Jovan Dedić and Veronika (née Mišković). [2] [3] [1] [4] His father Jovan was ethnic Serb, [1] an Orthodox Christian, [2] while his mother Veronika (nicknamed Jelka) [4] was Croat [2] who converted from Catholicism to Orthodoxy after marrying Jovan. [3] His father was a bricklayer, volunteer firefighter, and musician, and his mother was an illiterate housewife, whom Arsen later taught. Arsen was baptized in the Orthodox Church under the name Arsenije, after Archbishop Arsenije III Čarnojević. [1] He finished music school. He and his older brother Milutin Dedić left Šibenik for Zagreb and Belgrade, respectively, in 1957. [1] Arsen studied law at Zagreb but dropped out in 1959, enrolling in the Music Academy of Zagreb, receiving a diploma in 1964.

Šibenik City in Šibenik-Knin, Croatia

Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik–Knin County and also the third-largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea.

Littoral Banovina

The Littoral Banovina or Littoral Banate, was a province (banovina) of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia between 1929 and 1939. This province consisted of much of the Croatian region of Dalmatia and parts of present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina and was named for its coastal (maritime) location. The capital city of the Littoral Banovina was Split.

Kingdom of Yugoslavia kingdom in southeast Europe between 1918–1943

The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was a state in Southeast Europe and Central Europe that existed from 1929 until 1941, during the interwar period and beginning of World War II.

Arsen became a household name in the 1960s, thanks to pop music festivals and his brand of music, which was at first influenced by Dalmatian folklore, but is mostly comparable to the French chanson genre. Throughout the decades Dedić became one of the most respected musicians in former SFR Yugoslavia and maintained this reputation to this day. Dedić died 17 August 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. He was 77 years old.

Dalmatia Historical region of Croatia

Dalmatia is one of the four historical regions of Croatia, alongside Croatia proper, Slavonia, and Istria.

Personal life

Arsen Dedić was married to German-born Croatian pop singer Gabi Novak. They were married in 1973, and their son Matija Dedić is one of the most respected jazz musicians, piano player in Croatia, and has together with Marina Scotti a daughter "Lu". [5] Arsen also has a daughter Sandra, from his first marriage with Vesna Suligoj, a niece of Croatian one of the best poet of Croatia, Antun Gustav Matoš. Sandra is married to Alen Slavica, a popular singer song-writer and they have daughter Ema, born in 2011.

Matija Dedić

Matija Dedić is a Croatian pianist and jazz composer.

Antun Gustav Matoš Croatian writer

Antun Gustav Matoš was a Croatian poet, short story writer, journalist, essayist and travelogue writer. He is considered the champion of Croatian modernist literature, opening Croatia to the currents of European modernism.


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