|Also known as||Peter Arnold|
12 September 1943|
Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana)
|Died||1 February 2016
Dušan Velkaverh was born on 12 September 1943 in Georgetown, British Guiana (now 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, torpedoed off 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, the family moved to New York City, where they stayed for a short period of time. Shortly after that, the family moved to London. In 1948, they moved to Yugoslavia. At first, they lived 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 lived for the rest of his life. 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 married for three times. Last years of his life he was living in Vrhnika.
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 Slovenian National TV award for his work at the same event.
He was a longtime chief of music production at RTV Slovenia 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«. In the early 1990s, he was the executive director of Slovenian music label Corona.
|»Danes mi je 16 let«||Lidija Kodrič|
|»Ljubi, ljubi, ljubi«||1969||Eva Sršen|
|»Mini Maxi«||1970||Bele vrane|
|»Pridi dala ti bom cvet«||Eva Sršen|
|»Silvestrski poljub«||1971||Alfi Nipič|
|»Mlade oči«||1972||Ditka Haberl|
|»Ptica vrh Triglava«||Braco Koren|
|»Med iskrenimi ljudmi«||Majda Sepe|
|»Maja z biseri«||1974||Janez Bončina|
|»Dan ljubezni«||1975||Pepel in kri|
|»Ti si rekla sonce«||1976||Ivo Mojzer ft Strune|
|»Bisere imaš v očeh«||1978||Oto Pestner ft Franjo Bobinac|
|»Brez ljubezni mi živeti ni«||Moni Kovačič|
|»Dan neskončnih sanj«||1980||Vlado Kreslin|
|»Marie, ne piši pesmi več«||1981||Hazard|
|»Vsak je sam«||Hazard|
|»Nad mestom se dani«||1985||Ditka Haberl|
|»Zelene livade s teboj«||12. nadstropje|
|»Moja dežela«||1986||Oto Pestner ft. Strune|
|»Pustite nam ta svet«||1987||Vlado Kreslin|
|»Insieme: Evropa'92«||1990||Pepel in kri|
|»Svobodno sonce«||1992||Slovenski Band Aid|
|»Nekdo igra klavir«||1993||Čudežna polja|
|»Who's the real Kekec«||1999||Ali En|
|»Moja dežela '11«||2011||Katrinas, Derenda, Naber, Godec...|
- "Dušan Velkaverh passed away". Delo. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "Parada Slovenske popevke skozi besedila Dušana Velkaverha". MMC RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Dušan Velkaverh: We roast potatoes and have a nice time". Delo. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- "Legendary Slovenian chanson lyrics author Velkaverh dies". Slovenian Press Agency. Retrieved 1 February 2016.