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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

RIP Zdenko Runjić (Zdenko Runjic) (1942 – 2004)

In good old days all music in former Yugoslavia was officially divided into three categories: Serious (Classical) Music, Folk Music and Entertainment Music. The latter included all forms of non-traditional music, ranging from Perry Como to Sex Pistols. However, there used to be one king of Entertainment Music and his name was Zdenko Runjić (Zdenko Runjic).

Runjić began his career as a composer of Entertainment Music in early 1960s. Soon it became apparent that his songs are dominating over Entertainment Music festivals and many famous Croatian pop, rock and folk artists owe their careers to his works.

Runjić was best known for his hegemony over Split Entertainment Music Festival – one of the greatest pop culture events in former Yugoslavia. That very hegemony brought him many enemies and in 1993, following the election of new City of Split administration, led to two new Entertainment Music festivals – one endorsed and one ignored by Runjić. Despite everything, Runjić continued to be one of the most popular and most respected names of Croatian entertainment industry.

Runjić died today in Krapinske Toplice spa where he was recuperating from the heart-attack and stroke he had in September.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Milenka Torrie-Runjic said...

Dragi Zdenko jedna godina je tek prosla oskad si preminuo a mi te se puno sjecamo i ceznemo za tobom i tvojom divnom muzikom.Ja sam nasu dragu zemlju(Split)napustila 29 godina ima,ali nikad nisam prestala da pratim tvoju karijeru.Iako smo daljnji rodjaci jer krv nije voda.Zelim sve najbolj tvojoj dragoj familiji.Ja znam da im nije lako bez tebe,jer i ja sam izgubila mog dragog tatu kad mi je bilo samo 9 godina,nazalost u nesretnom sudaru vlakova.Volila bih da cujem kako je Zdenkova familija.Moj imail je:mtorrie@hotmail.com







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