Vice Vukov

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Vinko "Vice" Vukov
Eurovision Song Contest 1965 - Vice Vukov.jpg
Vice Vukov performing "Čežnja" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1965
Born Vinko Vukov
(1936-08-03)3 August 1936
Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 24 September 2008(2008-09-24) (aged 72)
Zagreb, Croatia
Other names Vice
Occupation Singer
Years active 1959–1972, 1989–2005

Vinko "Vice" Vukov (3 August 1936 – 24 September 2008) was a Croatian singer and politician.


Vukov was born in Šibenik. In 1959, he achieved instant fame by winning the Opatija Music Festival in his singing debut, with the song "Mirno teku rijeke".[1][2] During the 1960s, he was one of the most popular singers in Yugoslavia, appearing at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 with the song "Brodovi" and at the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 with the song "Čežnja".

In the aftermath of the Croatian Spring movement, he was branded a Croatian nationalist by Yugoslav authorities and had his apartment searched by the police during the 1972 wave of arrests of Croatian Spring leaders. Vukov was on an Australian tour at that time. His wife warned him not to return because he could be arrested too, so instead he went to live in France, returning to Yugoslavia in 1976.[3] By that time, the authorities had lost interest in his case, but his singing career was effectively over; he was blacklisted, barred from performing publicly and all his records were pulled out of stores.

In 1989 an album of his new songs, albeit without his name on the cover, reappeared in Croatian music stores, signalling the political change. Later that same year, Vukov made a public comeback with a series of 14 sold-out concerts at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.[3]

Vice Vukov performed some of the most noteworthy Croatian patriotic songs, including "Zvona moga grada," "Hrvatski kraj" and "Tvoja zemlja".

After the introduction of democracy to Croatia, Vice Vukov became a prominent supporter of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia. He ran several times for a seat in the Croatian Sabor, finally succeeding as an independent candidate on the SDP's electoral list in 2003.[4] In 2001 he was suggested as ambassador to Switzerland.

On 17 November 2005, while descending the stairs in the Parliament building, Vukov slipped and fell, sustaining a serious head injury. He was hospitalised and underwent surgery, but fell into a coma shortly afterwards. In March 2006, according to his doctors, he was in a persistent vegetative state, with no chance for recovery.[5] However, in November 2007, Vukov was reported as being conscious at times, aware of his surroundings, and his condition was described as stable.[6] He died in Zagreb aged 72 the following year.


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  3. ^ a b Cvitić, Plamenko (27 March 2006). "Drama u obitelji Vukov" [Drama of the Vukov family] (in Croatian). Nacional. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vice Vukov" (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  5. ^ Ciboci Stunja, Suzana (28 March 2006). "Liječnici Vici Vukovu ne daju šanse za oporavak" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  6. ^ Bilešić, Romana (4 September 2007). "Vice Vukov budi se iz kome nakon 22 mjeseca?" (in Croatian). 24 sata. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 

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Preceded by
Lola Novaković
Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Sabahudin Kurt
Preceded by
Sabahudin Kurt
Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Berta Ambrož