Kićo Slabinac

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Krunoslav Slabinac
Born(1944-03-28)28 March 1944
Died13 November 2020(2020-11-13) (aged 76)
Zagreb, Croatia
NationalityCroatian
Occupation
  • Musician
  • composer
  • arranger
Years active1960s–2020
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels

Krunoslav "Kićo" Slabinac (28 March 1944 – 13 November 2020) was a Croatian pop singer. His specialties were the songs nowadays inspired by folk music of Slavonia region of Croatia, and the uses of traditional instruments such as the tamburica.

In the 1960s Slabinac was a member of several rock'n'roll bands. He then opted for a solo career as a pop singer and moved to Zagreb. While performing in a club, he was noticed by Nikica Kalogjera who gave him a chance to appear as a newcomer at the 1969 Split Festival. A year later, in 1970, Slabinac won the first prize at the Opatija Festival. He represented Yugoslavia at the Eurovision Song Contest 1971 with "Tvoj dječak je tužan", placing 14th.[1]

Slabinac's song "Zbog jedne divne žene" was a huge hit which solidified his status as a singer. However, in the 1970s, legal troubles and time spent abroad set back his career. After his return from the United States, Slabinac focused on folk music, although he remained active in the pop music scene.[1]

His song "Letaj mi" became an evergreen in Macedonia,[2] particularly because it was sung in Macedonian on the festival "MakFest" in 1989.

He died on 13 November 2020 in Zagreb, following a long and complicated illness.[3][4][5]

Discography[edit]

  • 1971 – Tvoj dječak je tužan
  • 1975 – Hej bećari
  • 1978 – Pusti noćas svoje kose
  • 1979 – Seoska sam lola
  • 1984 – Krunoslav Slabinac
  • 1984 – Christmas with Kićo
  • 1985 – Stani suzo
  • 1986 – Da l' se sjećaš
  • 1987 – Oj, garava, garava
  • 1988 – Tiho, tiho uspomeno
  • 1991 – Za tebe
  • 1995 – Ako zora ne svane
  • 1995 – Sve najbolje
  • 2006 – Zlatna kolekcija
  • 2008 – Dignite čaše svatovi
  • 2015 – 50 originalnih pjesama

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Krunoslav Kićo Slabinac". crorec.hr (in Croatian). Croatia Records. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  2. ^ Edinaeset casovi se borea lekari za mojot zivot Archived 2012-07-29 at Archive.today, an interview with Kico Slabinac in Macedonian.
  3. ^ Rožman, Klara (13 November 2020). "Umro je Krunoslav Kićo Slabinac". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  4. ^ "ŽIVOT ISPREPLETEN VELIKIM TUGAMA I RADOSTIMA: KIĆO TRAGIČNU 1989. NIJE ZABORAVIO, NO USPIO JE KRENUTI DALJE". Gloria.hr (in Croatian). 13 November 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  5. ^ Rožman, Klara (13 November 2020). "'Tata je zauvijek zaspao, a ja nisam smio biti uz njega'". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 14 November 2020.

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Preceded by
Eva Sršen
Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
1971
Succeeded by
Tereza Kesovija