Dušan Velkaverh

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Dušan Velkaverh
Also known as Peter Arnold
Born (1943-09-12)12 September 1943
Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana)
Died 1 February 2016(2016-02-01) (aged 72)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Genres pop
Occupation(s) lyricist
Years active 1968–2011

Dušan Velkaverh (12 September 1943 – 1 February 2016) was a Slovenian lyricist.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Work[edit]

He is considered a legend of the Slovenian song festival history since about thirty of his 600 lyrics became major hits in Slovenia.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.

Lyrics[edit]

Song Year Artist
»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
»Ljubljančanke« Janko Ropret
»Gvendolina« Srce
»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
»Otroci pankrtov« Hazard
»Najlepše pesmi« 1983 Hazard
»Nad mestom se dani« 1985 Ditka Haberl
»Zelene livade s teboj« 12. nadstropje
»Moja dežela« 1986 Oto Pestner ft. Strune
»Sabina« Bazar
»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...

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