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|Birth name||Dušan Velkaverh|
September 12, 1943|
Dušan Velkaverh (born 12 September 1943) is a Slovenian lyricist of Slovene and English descent. He is considered a legend of the Slovenian song festival history since about thirty of his 600 lyrics became major hits in Slovenia. In 2011, a concert was held in Križanke Summer Theatre, Ljubljana, with him as an honorary guest, where his greatest hits were interpreted by the Slovenian National TV's Symphony Orchestra and RTV Slovenia Big Band with many singers who sung them originally, as well as younger ones. He was awarded a major the Slovenian National TV award for his work at the same event.
Dušan Velkaverh was born on September 12, 1943 in Georgetown, Guyana to a Slovene sailor and to an English nurse. In 1942, during World War II, his father joined the crew of an alliance ship, torpeted at the coast of South America. He met his wife, a daughter of a colonial clerk, in the hospital where he was recovering. Velkaverh was born a year later.
Soon after his birth family moved to New York City where they stayed for a short period of time. Quickly after that, family moved to London. In 1948, they moved to Yugoslavia. At first, they were living in Belgrade, where his father got the job as a deputy of the minister of shipping, then they relocated to Rijeka. In 1956, the family came to Slovenia, first to Portorož and then to Ljubljana, where Velkaverh has been living since then. Velkaverh's mother and father spoke English. He learned Slovene at the age of 13. Previously he only spoke English and Serbo-Croatian. In 2007, he visited his birth house in Georgetown for the first time after sixty-four years.
He was a longtime chief of the music production at the Radio-Television of Slovenia, that is for the RTV Slovenia Big Band and RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. He wrote lyrics for Dan ljubezni, a Yugoslavian song performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 by Slovenian vocal band Pepel in kri ("Ashes and Blood"). In the early 1990s, he was the executive director of Slovenian music label Corona.
|-||"Danes mi je 16 let"||Lidija Kodrič|
|1969||"Ljubi, ljubi, ljubi"||Eva Sršen|
|1971||"Silvestrski poljub"||Alfi Nipič|
|1972||"Mlade oči"||Ditka Haberl|
|"Gvendolina, kdo je bil?"||Srce|
|"Med iskrenimi ljudmi"||Majda Sepe|
|1974||"Maja z biseri"||Janez Bončina|
|1975||"Dan ljubezni"||Pepel in kri|
|1976||"Ti si rekla sonce"||Ivo Mojzer & Strune|
|1978||"Bisere imaš v očeh"||Oto Pestner|
|"Brez ljubezni mi živeti ni"||Moni Kovačič|
|1980||"Dan neskončnih sanj"||Vlado Kreslin|
|1981||"Marie, ne piši pesmi več"||Hazard|
|"Vsak je sam"||Hazard|
|1985||"Nad mestom se dani"||Ditka Haberl|
|"Zelene livade s teboj"||12. nadstropje|
|1986||"Slovenija, Moja dežela"||O. Pestner & Strune|
|1987||"Pustite nam ta svet"||Vlado Kreslin|
|1990||"Insieme - Evropa '92"||Pepel in kri|
|1992||"Svobodno sonce"||Slovenian Band Aid|
|1993||"Nekdo igra klavir"||Čudežna polja|
|1999||"Who's the real Kekec"||Ali En|