Arsen Dedić in 2006
|Birth name||Arsenije Dedić|
|Also known as||Arsen|
|Born||28 July 1938|
Šibenik, Littoral Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Died||17 August 2015 77) (aged|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, poet|
|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.
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