Peđa D'Boy


Peđa D'Boy

Infobox musical artist
Name = Peđa D' Boy
Пеђа Д’ Бој


Img_capt =Peđa D' Boy on the right
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Predrag Jovanović
Born = birth date and age|1950|4|14
Kruševac, SR Serbia, SFRY
Died =
Origin = Serbia
Instrument = guitar
Genre = Rock
Pop
Occupation = Vocalist, musician, songwriter
Years_active = 1967 - present
Label = Jugoton
Brain
City Records
Associated_acts = Lutalice
Jane
D' Boys
Peđa D' Boy Band
URL = [http://www.pedja.altpro.net/bandsite/ Official site]
[http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=101040274 Offical myspace]
Notable_instruments =

Predrag Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Јовановић) (born April 14, 1950 in Kruševac, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a popular Serbian musician and entertainer. He is known as a former frontman of the Yugoslav group D' Boys under his stage alias Peđa D' Boy, and previously as a vocalist for the German rock band Jane.

Biography

Born to a mother (Mila Matić) who is also involved with singing, Jovanović was a vocalist of the group Lutalice during the 1960s. In 1967 he had a cameo appearance in the famous Yugoslav black wave film "Kad budem mrtav i beo", directed by the award winning Živojin Pavlović. In the famous singing contest scene he is introduced as "Predrag Jovanović, young hippie from Kruševac" before proceeding to sing "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees.

Jovanović moved to France where he played various clubs as well as in metro stations. As did the other hippies of the day, he also visited Goa in India where he performed with rock and jazz musicians from all around the world.

Being good at fashion design and tailoring, in the mid 1970s he opened a clothing store on Ibiza, where in 1980 he met the members of the West German rock group Jane. He became their rhythm guitarist and vocalist, participating in the recording of their 10th album.

In the early 1980s he returned to SFR Yugoslavia, trying to establish himself on the then vibrant Yugoslav pop and rock scene. He played a session gig at the exhibition of the prominent Yugoslav comic book artist Igor Kordej, together with another musician Miško Mihajlovski, with whom he formed the group D' Boys in 1982, nicknaming himself Peđa D'Boy.

D' Boys became popular all around former Yugoslavia for their humorous style and partying image, and especially for its synthpop hit "Jugoslovenka" (Yugoslav girl), although they were often mocked by the media for their banal lyrics. The group released two albums "Ajd' se zezamo" and "Muvanje". Before recording their first album, during a certain period Peđa ran a small clothing and jewelry business on the touristy Adriatic island of Hvar, where he made a male leather thong underpants for the prominent ex-Yugoslav musician Goran Bregović, an avid sailor, who visited the island with his boat.

After few years, Miško Mihajlovski left the band and started performing as Miško D' Boys, while the rest of the group led by Peđa D' Boy changed its name to Peđa D' Boy Band and released their album "Avantura" in 1985. Later, Peđa started a solo career and represented SFR Yugoslavia at the "Song of the Mediterranean" festival in Palermo, Italy, where he got the second prize. Also, he took part in YU Rock Misija, the Yugoslav contribution to Bob Geldof's Band Aid campaign.

After releasing his album "Laku ti noć mala" produced by Kornelije Kovač, Peđa left the country in 1987.

He appeared once more in 1992 on a retro-concert of ex-Yugoslav pop and rock music in Belgrade.

In 1997, in London, UK he recorded a new material, produced by Mark Evans, including a remix of the D'Boys best known hit "Jugoslovenka".

After years spent traveling and performing around the world, which gave him an opportunity to meet international celebrities such as Elton John and Kevin Spacey, Predrag Jovanović returned to Serbia in the 2000s.

He currently resides in Belgrade where he still performs. He also took part in "Veliki brat VIP", a local celebrity Big Brother reality show, featuring popular celebrities from Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro.

Discography

With D'Boys

ingles

* "Mi smo D'Boys" / "Crne oči, plava ljubav" (Jugoton, 1983)

tudio albums

* "Ajd' se zezamo" (Jugoton, 1983)
* "Muvanje" (Jugoton, 1984)

With Peđa D' Boy Band

* "Avantura" (Jugoton, 1985)

With Jane

* "Jane" (Brain, 1980)

Solo works

* "General" (City Records, 2008)

References

* [http://www.geopoetika.com/book.php?id=99 Janjatović, Petar. "Ilustrovana Enciklopedija YU Rocka 1960-1997", page: 50, publisher: Geopoetika, 1997] sr icon
* [http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=101040274 Offical myspace]
* [http://www.pedja.altpro.net/bandsite/ Official site]

ee also

* D' Boys
* SFR Yugoslav pop and rock scene
* Serbian rock


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