Sanjalice

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Sanjalice
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Background information
Also known as VIS Sanjalice
Origin Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Genres Beat music, rock, pop
Years active 1964 – 1969
Labels Jugoton, Diskos, Beograd Disk
Past members Ljiljana Mandić
Slobodanka Miščević
Ljiljana Jevtić
Vojislav Veljković
Radomir Vuković
Snežana Veselinović

Sanjalice (Serbian Cyrillic: Сањалице, trans. The Dreamers) was a former Yugoslav rock band from Belgrade, notable for being one of the first former Yugoslav all-female bands, as well as one of the pioneers of the former Yugoslav rock scene.

History[edit]

The band was officially formed on January 1, 1965, although they had their first performance on December 29, 1964 in Belgrade's Pionirski Grad. The band's first lineup consisted mostly of elementary school students: Ljiljana Mandić (vocals, guitar), Slobodanka Miščević (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ljiljana Jevtić (bass guitar), Vojislav Veljković (drums), and Radomir Vuković (keyboards).

At the end of 1966, Veljković left the band and went to serve Yugoslav People's Army, and was replaced by Snežana Veselinović, who was his girlfriend at the time. Not wanting to be the only male member of the band, Vuković left the band, and Sanjalice continued their activity as one of the first all-female bands in Yugoslavia.

On a competition of bands, entitled Belgrade — Zagreb and held in 1967, they won the first place. During the same year, they performed on a highly popular festival tour Letnji karavan (Summer Caravan) which featured popular pop music singers. During 1967, they also performed in Romania, performing on fashion shows and appearing on Romanian radio and television stations. During the same year, they released their first EP, which featured songs "Idem u svet" ("I'm Going to Travel the World"), "Bez reči" ("Without Words"), "Nemoj reći da me voliš" ("Don't Say that You Love Me"), and "Mi mladi" ("We the Young"), and was released through Jugoton.[1] Later that year, they released their second EP, with songs "Marioneta" ("Marionette", a cover of Sandie Shaw song "Puppet on a String"), "Znam da ćeš se vratiti" ("I Know You Will Come Back"), "Haj, Lili, haj-lo", and "Srećni zajedno" ("Happy Together", a cover of The Turtles's song "Happy Together"), through Diskos.

During the summer of 1968, they spent two months performing in Pula other cities in Istria. During the same year, they released their third EP, with songs "Marijana" (composed by Vlaho Paljetak), "To su bili dani" ("Those Were the Days", a cover of Mary Hopkin song "Those Were the Days"), "Ta mala ledi" ("That Little Lady"), "Misli ponekad na mene" ("Think of Me Sometimes"), through Beograd Disk.[2] In 1968, Slobodanka Miščević sang the theme song for the film Pusti snovi (Pipedreams) directed by Soja Jovanović. The song was released on the EP Muzika iz filma Pusti snovi, which featured music from the film.[3]

During their career, Sanjalice often performed on fashion shows presenting clothes designed by designer Aleksandar Joksimović. In the Đuro Salaj Theatre they performed in the play Bitnici pevaju (Beatniks Are Singing), in which actors Dragan Nikolić, Miša Janketić, Duško Golumbovski, and others performed the poetry of American beatniks translated by Jovan Ćirilov.

In 1969, the members of the band decided to end their career and dedicate themselves to their studies.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Idem u svet (1967)
  • Marioneta (1967)
  • Marijana (1968)

Other appearances[edit]

  • "Marijana" / "To su bili dani" / "Mala lady" / "Misli ponekad na mene" (Pop rock komplikacija; 2000)
  • "Bez reči (Without Words)" (Kad je rock bio mlad CD 6 - Beat Goes On 2; 2005)

References[edit]

  • EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006, Janjatović Petar; ISBN 978-86-905317-1-4
  • Fatalni ringišpil: hronika beogradskog rokenrola 1959—1979, Žikić Alkesandar, publisher: Geopoetika, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1999

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