Đorđe Balašević

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Đorđe Balašević : biography

May 11, 1953 –

His traditional New Year’s concerts in Sava Center hall in Belgrade are traditionally sold out. He sold out Sava Center for the first time in the 1982/1983 season, (excerpt) started his regular New Year’s concerts in 1986, and in the 1990s and 2000s he was performing up to 11 evenings in a row.

Early biography

Balašević was born to a Serbian father, Jovan Balašević, and to Veronika Dolenec, half Hungarian, half Croatian from Rasinja near Koprivnica, Croatia. He has a sister, Jasna. His grandfather’s surname was Balašev, but in 1941 the grandfather changed it to Balašević.

The younger Balašević grew up in Jovana Cvijića street in Novi Sad, in the same house where he currently lives. He started writing poetry in primary school. He left high school in the third year (because, in his words, he hated subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry) but managed to get a high school diploma as part-time student and passed the preliminary exam for the university study of geography. He never graduated from the university. Instead, he joined the band Žetva (Harvest) in 1977.

Discography

With Žetva

Singles

  • "U razdeljak te ljubim" / "Srce mi je kao ratar" (1977)

With Rani Mraz

Studio albums

  • Mojoj mami umesto maturske slike u izlogu (1979)
  • Odlazi cirkus (1980)

Singles

  • "Moja prva ljubav" / "Kristifore crni sine…" (1978)
  • "Kristifore crni sine" / "Marina" (1978)
  • "Pile moje, pače moje malo" / "Hej, haj baš nas briga" (1978)
  • "Računajte na nas" / "Strašan žulj" (1978)
  • "Ljubio sam snašu na salašu i druge priče" (1978)
  • "Oprosti mi Katrin" / "Život je more" (1978)
  • "Panonski mornar" / "Moja draga sad je u Japanu" (1979)
  • "Lagana stvar" / "Prvi januar (popodne)" (1979)
  • "Tri puta sam video Tita" / Tri puta sam video Tita – instrumental" (1981)

Solo

Studio albums

  • Pub (1982)
  • Celovečernji The Kid (1983)
  • 003 (1985)
  • Bezdan (1986)
  • Panta Rei (1988)
  • Tri posleratna druga (1989)
  • Marim ja… (1991)
  • Jedan od onih života… (1993)
  • Na posletku… (1996)
  • Devedesete (2000)
  • Dnevnik starog momka (2001)
  • Rani mraz (2004)

Live albums

  • U tvojim molitvama – Balade (1987)
  • Da l’ je sve bilo samo fol? (1997)

Compilations

  • Najveći hitovi (1991)
  • The Best Of Vol. 2 (87 – 92) (1993)
  • Ostaće okrugli trag na mestu šatre (2003)

Singles

  • "Hej čarobnjaci svi su vam đaci" / "Hej čarobnjaci svi su vam đaci – instrumental" (1982)
  • "1987." / "Poluuspavanka" (1987)

Tribute albums

  • Neki noviji klinci i… (2007)

Personal life

Balašević currently lives in Novi Sad, in the same house where he grew up, with his wife Olivera (born Savić in Zrenjanin), who was a ballerina and a member of gymnastics national team, and their three children: daughters Jovana (an actress, born in 1980) and Jelena (a consultant in the Government of Vojvodina, born in 1984), and son Aleksa (born in 1994).

Musical career

Early career: Žetva and Rani Mraz

After Balašević joined the group, Žetva recorded a humororus tango-oriented hit single "U razdeljak te ljubim" ("I Lay a Kiss on Your Parting"), which was sold in more than 180,000 copies.

In 1978, he left Žetva and, together with Verica Todorović, formed the band Rani Mraz (Early Frost). The band had its début at the 1978 music festival in Opatija with the song "Moja prva ljubav" ("My First Love"). Rani Mraz had unsteady lineup, but managed to gain huge popularity with Balašević’s pop rock-oriented songs released on 7" singles. During 1978, former Suncokret members Biljana Krstić and Bora Đorđević joined the band (forming the most famous Rani Mraz lineup), and together they recorded "Računajte na nas" ("Count on Us"), written by Balašević, a song which celebrated the youth’s adoption of the communist revolution. The song became popular with both the communist authorities and the people, becoming an anthem of the Yugoslav youth. After just few months of cooperation, Verica Todorović and Bora Đorđević left the band (Đorđević forming his famous hard rock band Riblja Čorba), so Biljana Krstić and Balašević recorded Rani Mraz’s first album Mojoj mami umesto maturske slike u izlogu (To my Mom instead of Prom Photo in the Shop-Window) with the help of studio musicians.