Ivo Robic is a Croatian singer and composer. He is most famous for his song “Lijepa Tena” which was composed in 1939. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his death, we remember him with this article about his life and work.
- 8th of March, 2020
- in News
Robic, Ivo (Photo: prvitv)
On Monday, March 9th, it will be 20 years since one of Croatia’s most famous singers died.
Ivo Robic, the first Croatian to break into the Top 20 on the American music charts and for making the German song “Morgen” a success in Europe and America, died in Rijeka on March 9, 2000, at the age of 77.
Robic, who was born in the village of Garesnica in the county of Bjelovar-Bilogora in 1928, started his career as a soloist with the Radio Zagreb Orchestra while also studying in Zagreb. During his lengthy career, he produced over 100 recordings, the majority of them were singles.
He was the sole musician from the nation whose recordings were accessible in Europe and the rest of the globe in the 1950s, and he was a pioneer of indigenous pop music.
He had successes like “Vracam se Zagrebe tebi,” “Ta tvoja ruka mala,” and “Tiho plove moje ceznje,” but it was the success of his first worldwide smash “Morgen” in 1959 that catapulted him to fame.
The song was Robic and Bert Kaempfert’s debut collaboration. Following its popularity in Germany, the German-language version charted at No. 13 in the United States on the pop chart (Billboard Hot 100).
Robic had paved the way for singers like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Dean Martin on the charts, which led to appearances on programs like NBC’s Perry Como Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Dick Clark Show, among others.
The album ‘Morgen’ was certified gold after selling over one million copies.
Robic had additional worldwide successes with Dean Martin, such as ‘Muli-Song’ (1960), ‘Mit 17 fängt das Leben erst an’ (1960), ‘Ein ganzes Leben lang’ (1962), and ‘Rot ist der Wein’ (1966), but none topped ‘Morgen.’
He also sang the Croatian and German versions of Kaempfert’s worldwide smash “Strangers in the Night” (‘Stranci u Noi’) from 1966. He subsequently claimed authorship of the song made famous by Sinatra.
Robic’s reputation as one of Croatia’s greatest painters continues to this day.