Davorin Popović


Davorin Popović
Davorin Popović monument in the park, "Mirza and Davor" in Sarajevo.

Davorin Popović (23 September 1946 - 18 June 2001) was a Bosnian musician, well known throughout the former Yugoslavia. He was the lead singer and frontman of the progressive and pop rock band Indexi throughout most of their career. He was a popularly associated with a bohemian lifestyle. In his youth, he was a successful basketball player. During his career, he earned nicknames like "Pimpek", "Davor" or simply "Pjevač" (The Singer) due to his unique nasal voice.

In parallel with the group work, he pursued a solo career between 1975 and 1996, albeit in a non-continuous manner. On most of his solo works one or another line-up of Indexi played as backing studio musicians, so his solo career is closely related with that of the band itself. This was also stressed in the album titles when they are usually credited to "Davorin and Indexi" or similar. During the siege of Sarajevo in 1995, he represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with the song "Dvadeset prvi vijek" ("21st Century"), finishing in 19th place of the 23 entries.

Some of the most popular songs commonly associated with Indexi were actually issued as Davorin's solo works, such as "I pad je let" ("To Fall Is To Fly") or "U tebi se žena rađa" ("You're Becoming a Woman") from his debut LP Svaka je ljubav ista (osim one prave) (Every Love Is the Same (Except the True One)) from 1976, which was oddly the first studio album with entirely new songs that was recorded by Indexi as a group (they used to issue singles and compilations rather than studio albums). It was however released as Davorin's solo effort because the band was working on their prog masterpiece Modra rijeka at that time.

Music on Popović's solo albums is generally closer to mainstream pop rock and easy-listening schlager songs, although here and there one could find several very good rock moments sometimes close or related to progressive rock.

Solo Discography

SP

  • "Ja sam uvijek htio ljudima da dam" / "Crveno svjetlo" (PGP RTB, 1976)

Albums

  • Svaka je ljubav ista osim one prave (Diskoton, 1976)
  • S tobom dijelim sve (Diskoton, 1984)
Preceded by
Alma & Dejan
with Ostani kraj mene
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
1995
Succeeded by
Amila Glamočak
with Za našu ljubav

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