- 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
Genre = Rock
Vocalist, musician, songwriter
Associated_acts = Lutalice
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]
Predrag Jovanović (
Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Јовановић) (born April 14, 1950in Kruševac, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a popular Serbian musician and entertainer. He is known as a former frontmanof the Yugoslav group D' Boysunder his stage alias Peđa D' Boy, and previously as a vocalistfor the German rock bandJane.
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
Francewhere he played various clubs as well as in metro stations. As did the other hippies of the day, he also visited Goain Indiawhere he performed with rock and jazzmusicians from all around the world.
Being good at
fashion designand tailoring, in the mid 1970s he opened a clothing store on Ibiza, where in 1980 he met the members of the West Germanrock group Jane. He became their rhythm guitaristand 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 bookartist Igor Kordej, together with another musician Miško Mihajlovski, with whom he formed the group D' Boysin 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
synthpophit "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 jewelrybusiness on the touristy Adriaticisland of Hvar, where he made a male leather thong underpantsfor 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 rockmusic in Belgrade.
In 1997, in
London, UKhe 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 Johnand Kevin Spacey, Predrag Jovanović returned to Serbiain the 2000s.
He currently resides in
Belgradewhere 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.
* "Mi smo D'Boys" / "Crne oči, plava ljubav" (
* "Ajd' se zezamo" (
* "Muvanje" (
With Peđa D' Boy Band
* "Avantura" (
* "Jane" (Brain,
* "General" (
City Records, 2008)
* [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]
SFR Yugoslav pop and rock scene
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