Vice Vukov

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Vice Vukov
Stevan Kragujevic, Vice Vukov. portret 1964.JPG
Vukov in 1964
Vinko Vukov

(1936-08-03)3 August 1936
Died24 September 2008(2008-09-24) (aged 72)
Zagreb, Croatia
Other namesVice
  • Singer
  • politician
Years active1959–1972, 1989–2005
Diana Vukov
(m. 1961)
Musical career

Vinko "Vice" Vukov (3 August 1936 – 24 September 2008) was a Croatian singer and politician.


Vukov was born in Šibenik. In 1959, he achieved instant fame by winning the Opatija Music Festival in his singing debut, with the song "Mirno teku rijeke".[1][2] During the 1960s, he was one of the most popular singers in Yugoslavia, appearing at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 with the song "Brodovi" and at the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 with the song "Čežnja".

In the aftermath of the 1971 Croatian Spring movement, he was branded a Croatian nationalist by Yugoslav authorities and had his apartment searched by the police during the 1972 wave of arrests of Croatian Spring leaders. Vukov was touring Australia at the time. His wife warned him not to return to Yugoslavia to avoid arrest, so instead he went to live in France, returning to Yugoslavia four years later in 1976.[3] By that time, the authorities had lost interest in his case, but his singing career was effectively over; he was blacklisted, barred from performing publicly and all his records were pulled out of stores.

In 1978 he graduated from the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FFZG) majoring in philosophy and Italian.

In 1989 an album of his new songs, albeit without his name on the cover, reappeared in Croatian music stores, signalling the political change. Later that same year, Vukov made a public comeback with a series of 14 sold-out concerts at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb.[3]

Vukov is best remembered for recording some of the most popular lyrical Croatian patriotic songs, including "Zvona moga grada" (Croatian for ''My Hometown's Bells''), "Hrvatski kraj" ("Croatian Countryside") and "Tvoja zemlja" ("Your Land").

After the first multi-party election in Croatia and the country's independence in 1991 Vukov became a prominent supporter of the opposition Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP). He ran several times for a seat in the Croatian Parliament, finally succeeding as an independent candidate on the SDP party ticket in 2003.[4]

On 17 November 2005, while descending the stairs in the Parliament building, Vukov slipped and fell, sustaining a serious head injury. He was hospitalised and underwent surgery, but fell into a coma shortly afterwards. In March 2006, according to his doctors, he was in a persistent vegetative state with no chance of recovery.[5] However, in November 2007, Vukov was reported as being conscious at times, aware of his surroundings, and his condition was described as stable.[6] He died in Zagreb in September 2008 aged 72.


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  3. ^ a b Cvitić, Plamenko (27 March 2006). "Drama u obitelji Vukov" [Drama of the Vukov family]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Vice Vukov" (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  5. ^ Ciboci Stunja, Suzana (28 March 2006). "Liječnici Vici Vukovu ne daju šanse za oporavak". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  6. ^ Bilešić, Romana (4 September 2007). "Vice Vukov budi se iz kome nakon 22 mjeseca?" (in Croatian). 24 sata. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

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Preceded by
Lola Novaković
Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Sabahudin Kurt
Preceded by
Sabahudin Kurt
Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Berta Ambrož