BEZIMENI started in Zagreb, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia) in 1961. Band founded by Janko Mlinarić Truli (bass and vocal) with Slaven Rački (guitar), Željko Margetić Marga (guitar), Petko Kantardžijev Mlinac, Mahmut Ismailovski (saxophones) and Radovan Krajnović Braco (drums and vocal). They split up in 1964.
MLADI started in Zagreb, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia) in 1962. Leader of the band was Željko Kovačević-Pes (solo guitar). Initially they were inspired by the music of The Shadows and later by the sound of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.They split up in 1966.
ZLATNI DEČACI were formed in 1962, in Beograd, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia). Their first name was The Tigers but advised by Nikola Karaklajić (famous Yugoslav international chess player and journalist) they change it into Zlatni dečaci. In the beginning they played on parties. Beat music was taboo in early 60s for many radio programs. So, they made beat covers of four classical music parts just to be played on radio. Their friend and big fan Nikola Karaklajić brought those recordings to Holland. Record company "Fontana" puti it out as 7"EP of Golden Boys. Next year the same record comes out in Yugoslavia. Very soon they become popular and their next single is sold out in 100000 copies. In 1966 they are going as young chess players to England with their big fan Nikola (as chess players they didn't have many problems to get visa's for U.K.) and there they played a few gigs mixing famous beat and Yugoslav folk covers. After that they recorded one of the best selling 60s records in Yugoslavia together with famous singer Miki Jevremović. "18 žutih ruža" EP was sold out in 200000 copies. On that EP they covered "The House Of The Rising Sun". They split up in 1967 after "Beogradsko proleće" festival. (from jugobeat.com)
SJENE were one of the first rock and roll band in Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia). They formed in Zagreb, in 1961 under directly influence by the british band The Shadows. They recorded only a few songs and then split up.
CRNI BISERI was formed in Beograd, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia) in 1963. They took the name from famous Yugoslav 50s movie about young deliquents. In 60s they played beat/60s punk/rhythm & blues. They were winners of the festival "Gitarijada 1967". They also appeared in movies: "Kad budem mrtav i beo" and "Višnja na Tašmajdanu". They recorded many songs that were used for radio and TV only- some are really great 60s punk killers. They also toured Malta, Morocco, Tunisia... They split up 1980.
CRNI BISERI was formed in 1963 in Beograd, Serbia. The band is notable for being one of the pioneers of the former Yugoslav rock scene. This is their second EP from 1968.
DIEGO VARAGIĆ is one of the most popular singer in Ex-Yugoslavia in 60s. He was born in Belgrade (Serbia). This is his most succesful EP from 1965.
KAMELEONI started in 1965 in Koper, Slovenia (ex-Yugoslavia). Same year they had their first gig. 1966 they share first price of Championship of Yugoslav bands together with Roboti. Their song "Sjaj izgubljene ljubavi" becomes very popular and they tour whole ex Yugoslavia. They also play often in Austria and Italy. They also played in famous Piper club in Rome. In 1968 they have some members changes and they make music for film "Sončni krik" (Sunny Cry). They split up 1969 but they have reunion concert in 1981 when they make their first long play record. They are still active and few years ago they released album with new songs. Personally, Kameleoni are one of my favorite 60s bands. I can compare them with The Byrds - they have those nice lazy feeling in their music, beautiful vocals and magical jingle sound of guitar. Kameleoni were influenced by early folk punk sound - not only The Byrds but also Love. I like their cover versions of "Dedicated to the One I Love", "With a Girl Like You", "For No One", but I like their songs as "Sjaj izgubljene ljubavi" (one of the best 60s songs), "Looking For Me", "Gdje si ljubavi" even more. (from jugobeat.com)
The band SAMONIKLI was formed in 1963 by four Belgrade high school students. The band was named after a book of short stories by Slovenian writer Prežihov Voranc. Group members changed frequently in that early period, but by 1964 they stabilized in the following lineup: Marin Pečjak (vocals), Milan Pavlov (guitar), Marko Novaković (bass guitar), Bojan Drndić (rhythm guitar) and Vukašin Veljković (drums). Initially the band performed at school proms and college dance parties. The band covered rock hits, as well as traditional songs and 1930s and 1940s schlagers, while their own songs were mostly The Shadows-inspired instrumentals. In 1965 and 1966 they played regularly at dances at the Belgrade University School of Technology and soon became widely popular. In 1966 they won first place at a country-wide youth festival of rock bands, which entitled them to represent their country at an international festival of youth orchestras in Hungary, which featured the best Eastern European groups of that time (Illés, Metró, Omega, etc.), where they were viewed as a "western" group. The April 1966 issue of Belgrade youth magazine Susret wrote that Samonikli were the first "electric guitar band" in Belgrade to work with a group of violinists, preparing their subsequent two recordings ("Dozvoljavate li gospodine" and "Povetarac i ja", the latter of which became one of the top hits of 1966 on a popular Radio Belgrade II music program called Muzički automat). At the end of 1966 they were joined by the drummer Branislav Grujić. They were featured in a very popular series of shows on Belgrade Television called Koncert za ludi mladi svet (Concert for a Young and Crazy World). Their recordings were featured in many popular radio programs, including Nedeljom u devet i pet (Sunday at 9:05), produced and hosted by Nikola Karaklajić. Toward the end of their career in 1967 and 1968, they covered many hits by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They broke up in early 1969 to pursue other professional interests. (from wikipedia)
ROBOTI started in 1963, in Zagreb, Croatia. Till 1965 they are more famous in Austria than in Yugoslavia. They played very often in Vienna in clubs and Beat festivals. In 1966 they played in Beat festival in Zagreb. They also played on First Beat Meeting Italy-Yugoslavia. All those years they have problems to find their own style. They played raw rhythm and blues but also pop numbers. In 1965 they have big hit Drafi Deutscher's cover "Mramor, kamen i željezo", but in 1966 they have first member changing: Ivica Percl (vocal and rhythm guitar) leaves the band and goes solo as singer-songwriter. He was influenced by Bob Dylan and Donovan and in the late 60s and early 70s he had quite successful solo career. The rest of the band finally makes cut and goes further as pure rhythm and blues band with organ/sax player instead of rhythm guitarist. They spent 1966 touring Italy and playing in Piper Club in Rome. Because there were already two bands with the same name in Italy they changed the name into "Five Up". After they spent half year and more playing in Italy Roboti came back to Yugoslavia. Readers of popular music magazine "Džuboks" choose Roboti for the best band of 1966 and they record their first EP. In 1967 and 1968 they toured Yugoslavia and Italy again and they played on International Pop Festival in Rome together with Pink Floyd, Ten Years After, Traffic and others. Trying to reach more international glory they are moving to Germany in 1968. There they played in many rock clubs. That period was very difficult for band and very disappointed and they came back to Zagreb in 1969. That's the end of Roboti. Few members go further as "The Wheels Of Fire". In early 70s Roboti have reunion. They made one more EP and after that they finally split up. (from home.wanadoo.nl)
DINAMITI were the one of the legendary rock groups from the 60s. They founded in 1964 in Osijek, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia) by singer and rhythm guitarist Krunoslav Kićo Slabinac. Other members of the group were Alberto Krasnić (bass), Vladimir Lazić (keyboards), Antun Nikolić Tuca (solo guitar) and Miroslav Šaranović (drums). In Zagreb, in 1967 they were winners of the Rock festival "Gitarijada" and they split same year.
ZLATNI AKORDI were formed in 1963. As many other bands from 60s they also played on parties. In 1965 they play on First Beat Festival in Zagreb (4th and 5th November 1965). They toured Lebanon in 1966 and in december same year they record their first 7" EP with great cover of "My Generation". After many members changes in 1967 and 1968 - Josipa Lisac become their singer. Her deep and strange voice gives Zlatni Akordi very specific and unique sound. The flower power movement influences are very strong in their later works. The greatest was song "Sunce sja za nas" which appears on Subotica 68-Youth Festival 7"EP. But very soon Josipa Lisac leaves them. It's not the end of Zlatni akordi. They help Josipa with her solo works in studio, but also on concerts. Their set is mix of Jimi Hendrix, Cream and other covers and their own works. In 1975 they split. Josipa Lisac records lot of albums during the 70s and 80s and becomes one of the most extravagant singers in ex-Yugoslavia. (from wikipedia)
The band Elipse started in 1963 in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia). In the beginning they played covers of The Shadows and became very popular in the mid 60's. After Edi Dekeng joined the band as singer in 1967, they changed music orientation to r'n'b/soul. The group was disbanded by the end of 1968. Members were: Momčilo Radovanović, Bojan Hreljac, Vladimir Furduj, Zoran Simjanović, Edi Dekeng, Nikola Zembić and Dragan Kuprijanov. (from discogs.com)
Unknown band for me. VIS PLAVI were probably from Zagreb, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia).
DOGOVOR IZ 1804 were an progressive rock group from Beograd, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia). In late sixties group founded Nebojša Ignjatović, Robert Nemeček, Dejan Vasiljević, Branislav Marković and Stevan Milutinović. They recorded only four songs and they split in early70s.
INDEXI were one of the earliest and most enduring bands in ex-Yugoslavia that enjoyed popularity across generations of the followers of rock music. The band was founded in 1962 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and soon became synonymous to the so-called "Sarajevo Pop School" scene. Since all the members were university students, they had easily chosen the name for the band - INDEXI (plural of "index", a student's blue book for writing exams and attendance). In the beginning they played mostly instrumental covers of popular hits, but around 1967 started composing their own songs. The core line-up consisted of Slobodan A. Kovačević-guitar, Fadil Redžić-bass and Davorin Popović-vocals, while they frequently changed drummers and keyboard players. Similar to KORNI GRUPA, INDEXI led two parallel careers: the one as a popular band recording numerous singles and EPS, and performing at the pop festivals of easy listening "schlager" music; and the other one as a pioneering progressive band, which had recorded allegedly the first song lasting over 10 minutes in former Yugoslavia, "Negdje na kraju u zatisju" in 1969. At the beginning of the 70s INDEXI toured extensively and played at many pop festivals, making plans at the same time for recording their first LP album. Producers in the phonographic companies, however, insisted on their making hit-singles only. In this period they played in Soviet Union, Poland and Bulgaria in addition to frequent concert performances across Yugoslavia. This period saw the release of the legendary "Plima" single in 1972, a composition that had been recorded back in 1968 and featured one of the most memorable guitar solos in the Yugoslavian rock-scene, courtesy of Kovacevic. The rest of their career from mid-70s through 90s they occasionally recorded singles and appeared in concerts at random, deliberately avoiding temptations of a typical rock and roll life-style. Having their regular jobs apart from the band, they never bothered to pursue a commercial career unless they felt ready to perform and record together. This is why perhaps they maintained their longevity for 35+ years. Their music is characterized by a dominant organ sound with distinguished guitar, mirroring influences from Procol Harum, The Beatles, or early Deep Purple. Oddly enough, during almost four decades of the music career, INDEXI have managed to record only two proper studio albums. "Modra rijeka" from 1978 is nevertheless a pinnacle of the Yugoslavian progressive rock. A highly elaborated concept album based on the lyrics of the one of best-known Bosnian poets, Mak Dizdar, offers great musicianship in the manner of symphonic-style prog similar to YES for example. The second album, "Kameni cvjetovi" was released 1999 and is more mainstream rock oriented. In 2001 a trademark vocalist of INDEXI, Davorin Popović died so the story of the band thus ended. The final posthumous release was a double live CD "Poslednji koncert u Sarajevu". (by progarchives.com)
IVICA PERCL was the first protest singer-songwriter in ex-Yugoslavia. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1945 and died in 2007. He started as a guitarist of the legendary Zagreb's rock group "Roboti" and then began a solo career. He recorded several EP's an one LP and the greatest succes has been song "Stari Pjer".
CRVENI KORALJI fifth EP from 1968.
CRVENI KORALJI was formed in 1962., in Zagreb, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia). First name of the band was Crveni đavoli. They were inspired by Cliff Richard and The Shadows. In the beginning they played mostly covers, but "Rekla si,volimo se" - first song they wrote was a big hit. Almost 100000 copies of the single were sold (there were about 120000 record players in that time in ex-Yugoslavia). They received about 10000 letters from their fans every month. In summer of 1964 they have first tour around ex-Yugoslavia and become one of the most popular bands in that time. They won many awards on music festivals and they were nominated for the best band of ex-Yugoslavia in music magazine "Ritam" for 3 times. They were also support band to The Shadows when they were touring Yugoslavia. In july 1966 they won first price of International Beat Festival and among Yugoslav and Italian bands in Zagreb. In the same year they toured Germany. On their records from late 60's we can hear strong influence of early Byrds sound. They also recorded many songs for radio and TV - among others great cover of Gloria. (from wanadoo.nl)
URAGANI was the first rock band in ex-Yugoslavia. Band founded by Dario Ottaviani, Ante Škobrnja, Mario Peharda & Saša Sablić in1960 in Rijeka (Croatia). In 1967 they had a big hit "Školjka" and in 1968 they had a second big hit "Deborah". They split in 1970.URAGANI - Deborah (1968) EP
The band was officially formed on October 20, 1961 by Zoran Miščević (vocals and ), Branko Gluščević (formerly of Black Cats, rhythm guitar), Ilija Stanić (guitar), Zoran Simjanović (keyboard) and Miroslav "Mine" Minić (drums). The band members, influenced by the film The Young Ones which featured Cliff Richard andThe Shadows, named the band Siluete. The band had their first bigger performance on Đorđe Marjanović's concert in Dom sindikata. After performances in Makarska during the summer of 1963, the members of Siluete departed. Simjanović moved to Elipse, Gluščević and Miščević formed Lutalice with guitarist Božidar "Lari" Plesničar and rhythm guitarist Slobodan Mihajlović, and Ilić continued to lead Siluete in the new lineup: Dejan Dunjić (bass guitar), Jovan Mišević (drums), Miomir "Kraka" Petrović (rhythm guitar) and Ljuba Đorđević (keyboard). As the band performed instrumental music, at one of their performances they were approached by singer Tomislav "Tomi" Sovilj (formerly of Zlatni Dečaci) who suggested them to work together, but this collaboration lasted for only a year. As Lutalice disbanded in 1964 Miščević moved back to Siluete which soon achieved high success with their live performances. In the mid 1964 Tomi Sovilj formed his own Siluete, but the members of the original Siluete sued him and he lost the right to use the name Siluete. During 1965 Siluete shocked the audience with their live performances, which secured them with huge popularity. At the time there were around 230 rock bands in Belgrade, but all of them wore short hair and tidy clothes, which were the standards Siluete changed. At the Gitarijada (not to be confused with Gitarijada festival held in Zaječar) held on January 9, 1966 on Belgrade's Sajmište Siluete performed with other popular rock bands. That evening a former member of Beduini, guitarist Dragi Jelić performed with the band for the first time. In 1967 Siluete won the first place on Gitarijada organized by Večernje novosti. They released their first single with songs "Tvoj rođendan" (cover of Small Faces's "Sha la la la lee") "Massachusetts" (cover of the Bee Gees' song) ""Keti", "Najdraži san" (cover of The Searchers' "When You Walk in the Room") and "Uhvati vetar" (cover of Donovan's "Catch the Wind") and sold more than 45,000 copies of it. At the time film direction student Srđan Karanović recorded a television movie about Siluete titled Učio sam dve godine kontrabas (I Learned how to Play Bass for Two Years). The band also appeared in Branko Bauer's film Doći i ostati. During 1966 they often performed in Belgrade and Zagreb on the exhibitions of painter Olja Ivanjicki. The band appeared on front covers of various magazines and Miščević's long blond hair caused numerous scandals. There were several attempts by citizens of Belgrade to cut his hair, so he got the media's attention by trying to insure his hair. On New Year's Eve 1967 they held a twenty-three hour concert in Belgrade's Dom Omladine. In January 1968, at their concert in Sarajevo, a riot broke out. Great number of chairs was broken, Miščević's shirt was ripped off, his gold necklace was split, Ljuba Đorđević was hit on the head with a bottle, and Siluete manager's wallet was stolen. At the Siluete concert in Novi Sad band members broke their guitars, got in a fight with the audience and the band's van was damaged. Miščević regularly received hundreds of letters from his fans becoming the first Yugoslavmegastar since Đorđe Marjanović. The band tried to break into the foreign market; for months they performed in Austria and Germany, but then guitarist Dragi Jelić left the band and went back to Yugoslavia where he joined the band Džentlmeni (he would later form highly successful YU grupa with his brother Žika). Jelić was replaced by a former Džentlmeni member Slobodan Todorović. During the absence of Siluete from Yugoslavia some newspapers published the news that Siluete performed at a graveyard in Nuremberg. After returning to Yugoslavia the band released the single with songs "Dona" i "Voleti nekog" and organized comeback concert in Belgrade's Dom omladine, and went on Yugoslav tour. In 1969 Dunjić left the band and was replaced by the bass guitarist and painter Aleksandar Cvetković. After releasing the single "Dosadan dan" they started performing in clubs all over Europe, but when the band members realized that their intention to release a record for the foreign market will not be realized they split-up. Cvetković moved to the band CD and Miščević remained in Germany for two more years. After returning to Yugoslavia in 1973 he performed with various bands and then retired. (from wikipedia)
The band Grupa 220 was formed in 1966 with members of bands Ehosi and Jutarnje Zvijezde. They had their first gig in october the same year. In december they record their first song "Osmijeh" which becomes a big hit right away. Very soon they become one of the most popular bands in former Yugoslavia. Long hairs and "flower power" clothes attracted lot of young people. Flowers were the tickets for their concerts. In 1967 and 1968 Drago Mlinarec (vocal and guitar) composed music for two films "Protest" and "Tri sata ljubavi" - both films were directed by Fadil Hadzic. Grupa 220 also appears in the film "Tri sata ljubavi". They take part in Zagreb 68 and Split 68 festivals, and also first pop festival in Zagreb. Grupa 220 released the first rock long play record in ex Yugoslavia - "Naši dani" LP. They played as support band on the concerts of Marmalade, Status Quo and Mango Jerry when they were touring ex Yugoslavia 1968. In 1971 Drago Mlinarec leaves the band and goes solo. Grupa 220 continues to exist and record without him till 1975 when they split up.
7 MLADIH was formed in Beograd, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia) in early sixties. They were very popular in the sixties and seventies. This is their third EP from 1967.
DEČACI SA DUNAVA founded in 1964, in Novi Sad, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia). They recorded a few instrumental cover songs. They split in 1967.DEČACI SA DUNAVA - Kratki revolver (1964-67)
BELE VRANE from Slovenia were very good and influential late 1960s vocal group from Ljubljana who followed mellow pop sound of Mamas and Papas. The fact that slovenian dialect limited their succes in Ex Yu to local Slovenian borders is not really important because for me they were absolutely on the top with the best. At the beginning of 1960s there were few artists who started with rock in Ex Yu and second generation followed shortly afterwards,without exception young urban musicians (mostly students who followed Radio-Luxembourg and its famous pop charts) - in Sarajevo there were "Indexi",in Zagreb "Grupa 220" and "Zlatni Akordi",in Ljubljana "Bele Vrane". From today's perspective this music is still very enjoyable,lots of sunny pop and beautiful harmonies - its only pity that excellent Ditka Haberl (who really had one of the best voices in Ex Yu ever) got only one solo spot ("Obicajno popodne"/"Ordinary afternoon") and guys selfishly took the rest,her song is centerpiece here. In the next decade this group will metarmophose into larger "Pepel in Kri" ("Ashes and blood") with Ditka as main vocalist and they will represent Yugoslavia at Eurovision with the song that might be our best entry ever. (from rateyourmusic.com)BELE VRANE - Presenečenja (1967-70)