Arsenije "Arsen" Dedić (pronounced [ǎrsen děːditɕ]; 28 July 1938 – 17 August 2015) was a Croatian singer-songwriter, who was prominent in former Yugoslav music scene as well. 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.
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.
Arsen Dedić was married to German-born Croatian pop singer Gabi Novak. Their son Matija Dedić is one of the most respected jazz musicians in Croatia, and has together with Marina a daughter "Lu".[dead link] They also had a daughter, Sandra.