TOMI SOVILJ & NJEGOVE SILUETE first EP from 1966.
Vocalist Tomislav TOMI SOVILJ , born in Belgrade in 1941, started his career in 1963 at the dance parties held by Zlatni Dečaci. On Autumn of the same year, he had become the member of Siluete, but on mid-1964 he left the band, forming a band also called Siluete. For a while, there were two groups working under the same name, but the case was settled after a court verdict after which Sovilj lost the right to use the name. However, he did manage to keep the name somewhat similar by renaming it to TOMI SOVILJ I NJEGOVE SILUETE. At the time, the band beside him featured the former "Bele Zvezde" members Slobodan Saničanin (guitar), Branislav Rakočević (bass), Milorad Tomić (guitar) and Ðino Maljoković (drums). Later on, the band members were also Borislav Ðurković (rhythm guitar), Boba Voratović (bass) and Hamadija Vladović (drums). Owing to their attractive performances, they had become one of the most popular live acts in Belgrade, which provided them with often live perfo
ROB OTI 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 t
SANJA LICE were one of, probably not many, girl bands in ex-Yugoslavia and probably the only girl band that released a record at that time. Sanjalice was formed in Beograd, Serbia, in 1965. Their records are not that wild, but song "Bez reči" is one of the best girl 60s punk songs. They split up in 1969.
PRO ARTE is a pop rock band from Sarajevo, especially popular in the former Yugoslavia in the 1970s. The group was founded in 1967. The keyboardist and composer Đorđe Novković was the only constant in the band, through which passed some say as many as 100 musicians. Another constant of the band was their lead singer Vladimir Savčić Čobi, which is a part came after a number of earlier singers. It was only with him the band is experiencing its first successes. Đorđe Novković is also played with Indexi, since 1968. (replaced Kornelije Kovač who went to the Korni groupa) until the beginning of 1970 when it was replaced by Ranko Rihtman and he returned to the Pro Arte. This is their first single record from 1969. (from wikipedia)
MATT COLLINS was born as Karlo Metikoš on February 8, 1940 in Zagreb, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia). Studied to become a classical pianist but got absorbed into rock and roll in 1956 via couple of singles (Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Little Richard) that he got as a present with an imported record player. Finding replacement needles for western gramophones was next to impossible in 50's Yugoslavia so he had to improvise with ordinary sewing needles to cater for his hunger for music. Needles to say he played those few precious records to the bone. Got his first paying job in 1958 in a cabaret show. Since nobody in the management knew nothing about rock and roll they simply filed him under negro spirituals and made him wear black shoe polish makeup on stage. In 1959 he puts together a vocal group "Regal", and sings to French tourists in holiday resorts on the Adriatic coast. The band appears a few times on regional television which sparks a controversy over its name. In Serb