Zdravko Colic
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Zdravko Čolić (born 30 May 1951 in Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Sarajevo |Bosnia]], surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans....

, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a pop singer popular across the entire area of former Yugoslavia
Former Yugoslavia
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. Originally from Sarajevo, since 1992 (in the beginning of the Yugoslav wars
Yugoslav wars
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), his home is in Belgrade
Belgrade
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, Serbia
Serbia
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. In concert in Belgrade on 25 June 2011, in front of 100,000 people, he marked his 40 year career, that was his biggest concert.
Born to Bosnian Serb parents, police administrator Vladimir and homemaker Stana Čolić, both of whom came to Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Sarajevo |Bosnia]], surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans....

 from Trebinje
Trebinje
Trebinje is the southernmost municipality and town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is administratively part of the Republika Srpska entity and is located in southeastern Herzegovina, some from the Adriatic Sea....

 vicinity in Herzegovina
Herzegovina
Herzegovina is the southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While there is no official border distinguishing it from the Bosnian region, it is generally accepted that the borders of the region are Croatia to the west, Montenegro to the south, the canton boundaries of the Herzegovina-Neretva...

, young Zdravko showed an early interest in sports.
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Zdravko Čolić (born 30 May 1951 in Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Sarajevo |Bosnia]], surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans....

, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a pop singer popular across the entire area of former Yugoslavia
Former Yugoslavia
The former Yugoslavia is a term used to describe the present day states which succeeded the collapse of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia....

. Originally from Sarajevo, since 1992 (in the beginning of the Yugoslav wars
Yugoslav wars
The Yugoslav Wars were a series of wars, fought throughout the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1995. The wars were complex: characterized by bitter ethnic conflicts among the peoples of the former Yugoslavia, mostly between Serbs on the one side and Croats and Bosniaks on the other; but also...

), his home is in Belgrade
Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. According to official results of Census 2011, the city has a population of 1,639,121. It is one of the 15 largest cities in Europe...

, Serbia
Serbia
Serbia , officially the Republic of Serbia , is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Carpathian basin and the central part of the Balkans...

. In concert in Belgrade on 25 June 2011, in front of 100,000 people, he marked his 40 year career, that was his biggest concert.

Early life

Born to Bosnian Serb parents, police administrator Vladimir and homemaker Stana Čolić, both of whom came to Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Sarajevo |Bosnia]], surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans....

 from Trebinje
Trebinje
Trebinje is the southernmost municipality and town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is administratively part of the Republika Srpska entity and is located in southeastern Herzegovina, some from the Adriatic Sea....

 vicinity in Herzegovina
Herzegovina
Herzegovina is the southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While there is no official border distinguishing it from the Bosnian region, it is generally accepted that the borders of the region are Croatia to the west, Montenegro to the south, the canton boundaries of the Herzegovina-Neretva...

, young Zdravko showed an early interest in sports. He was active as a footballer in FK Željezničar
FK Željeznicar
FK Željezničar is a professional football club from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.The initial acronym stands for Fudbalski sportski klub , and the name Željezničar means "railway worker," given because it was established by a group of railway workers.Željezničar, alias "Željo," is the most...

's youth system, before switching to track and field
Track and field
Track and field is a sport comprising various competitive athletic contests based around the activities of running, jumping and throwing. The name of the sport derives from the venue for the competitions: a stadium which features an oval running track surrounding a grassy area...

 where he also excelled. At one point he was able to run a 100 meter dash in 11.3 seconds, and continually placed high at various track meets he entered (at one of them he finished just behind future star Nenad Stekić
Nenad Stekic
Nenad Stekić is a retired Serbian and Yugoslav long jumper, best known for his two silver medals at the European Championships. His personal best was 8.45 metres, was a European record, achieved in July 1975 in Montreal. In the seam yaeras, he was declared the best athlete of Yugoslavia in choice...

). Still, a pro sports career wasn't to be as Čolić lacked the Spartan discipline required to go on.

Zdravko attended Vladimir Perić Valter elementary school in the neighbourhood he grew up in - Grbavica
Grbavica (Sarajevo)
Grbavica is a quarter of the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was the scene of intensive street fights during the war in Sarajevo.The Bosnian film “Grbavica” was based on events that happened in the city during the Bosnian War....

. He also attended music school where he studied guitar playing. As a hobby he took part in various school recitals, and also acted in a couple of plays at Pionirsko pozoriste (Youth Theatre).

Early years

Since the youngest age Čolić also showed an interest in music. With friend Braco Isović, he played guitar at informal and impromptu park gatherings through which they became somewhat locally known as "Čola i Isa sa Grbavice". At the time Čolić was trying to emulate pop schlager
Schlager
Schlager music is a style of popular music prevalent in Central and Northern Europe and the Balkans and also in France and Poland. In Portugal, it was adapted and became pimba music...

 music that dominated Yugoslav and Italian festivals.

His first significant public singing experience occurred in 1968 when he spent a couple of days at the Montenegrin coast for the 29 November holiday (communist Yugoslavia's republic day). Staying in the house his father owned in the coastal community of Baošići, 17-year-old Zdravko got persuaded by a friend Nedim Idrizović to enter the amateur signing competition in nearby Bijela
Bijela
Bijela is a coastal town within the municipality of Herceg Novi, Montenegro. It is located north of Herceg Novi, by the Verige strait of the Kotor Bay...

. He won second prize singing "Lady Madonna
Lady Madonna
"Lady Madonna" is a song by The Beatles, primarily written by Paul McCartney . In March 1968, it was released as a single, backed with "The Inner Light." The song was recorded on 3 and 6 February 1968 before the Beatles left for India...

" by The Beatles
The Beatles
The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Formed in Liverpool, by 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr...

.

Encouraged by the unexpected success, soon after returning to Sarajevo, Čolić entered his first band - a group called Mladi i lijepi. That engagement didn't last long, however, because around the time he graduated high school in 1969, he moved to the more established Ambasadori
Ambasadori
Ambasadori were a Yugoslav pop band from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina active from 1968 until 1980. The band is most notable for representing Yugoslavia at the Eurovision Song Contest, and for having two future pop stars Zdravko Čolić and Hari Varešanović as its one time singers.Ambasadori were...

, a band whose two incarnations he'd end up staying with for next two and a half years.

Ambasadori

At the time of Čolić's arrival, Ambasadori employed a strange setup: they were essentially a military cover band as all the musicians, except for bandleader Slobodan Vujović, were army
Yugoslav People's Army
The Yugoslav People's Army , also referred to as the Yugoslav National Army , was the military of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.-Origins:The origins of the JNA can...

 recruits. Their repertoire centred around 1960s rhythm & blues
Rhythm and blues
Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated to R&B, is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a...

 (Chicago
Chicago (band)
Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, becoming famous for producing a number of hit ballads. They had...

, Otis Redding
Otis Redding
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American soul singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the major figures in soul and R&B...

, Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett was an American R&B/Soul singer and songwriter.A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100...

, etc.) along with obligatory Yugoslav hits of the day and years past, and finally even a few original numbers written by the bandmembers thrown into the mix. Over time, the group started getting more gig offers, which presented a problem since it's army part wasn't available for many of them and those offers had to be declined.

Seeing their opportunities limited by the strange situation, Vujović and Čolić decided to step out and form Novi ambasadori in 1970, bringing in drummer Perica Stojanović, organist Vlado Pravdić
Vlado Pravdic
Vlado Pravdić is a Bosnian musician most famous as the organist of the Yugoslav rock group Bijelo dugme from 1974 to 1976 and again from 1978 to 1987....

, saxophonist Lale Stefanović, and bassist Zlatko Hold. With the almost all new lineup, the band also expanded its reportoire so that in addition to R&B they now also played covers of Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band, active in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Formed in 1968, they consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham...

, Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears is an American music group, originally formed in 1967 in New York City. Since its beginnings in 1967, the band has gone through numerous iterations with varying personnel and has encompassed a multitude of musical styles...

, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums....

, etc. For the summer of 1970, Novi ambasadori scored a month-long gig with Indexi
Indexi
Indexi was a Bosnian rock band popular in the former Yugoslavia. It formed in 1962 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and disbanded in 2001 when singer Davorin Popović died...

 in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its total population is 42,641...

, which was their first tour-like experience. Next step was competing at the 1971 Vaš šlager sezone annual festival in Sarajevo where they finished in 7th place with a song "Plačem za tvojim usnama" that songwriter Zdenko Runjić
Zdenko Runjic
Zdenko Runjić was Croatian songwriter based in Split....

 claimed to have composed and officially signed his name under, despite the fact that it was a blatant rip-off of The Tremeloes
The Tremeloes
The Tremeloes are an English beat group founded in 1958 in Dagenham, Essex, and still active today.-Career:They formed as Brian Poole and the Tremoloes influenced by Buddy Holly and The Crickets...

' "Suddenly You Love Me" (which actually is a cover of Riccardo Del Turco's "Uno tranquillo" ). No one from the festival noticed this plagiarism and the band avoided the controversy. The song was even released on a 7-inch single "Plačem za tvojim usnama" / "Zapjevaj" by Beograd Disk and sold surprisingly well. The performance at Vaš šlager sezone was also significant since it marked the band's first television appearance, exposing them to a much larger audience. One of the people in that TV audience was Kornelije Kovač
Kornelije Kovac
Kornelije "Bata" Kovač is a famous Serbian composer. He is a father of Aleksandra Kovač and Kristina Kovač, both successful Serbian singers.-Early life:...

, an already influential and established figure in Yugoslav music circles, who immediately got intrigued by Čolić's "clean tenor and good stage presence".

Čolić was soon offered a "bench role" with Indexi, to fill in for their singer Davorin Popović
Davorin Popovic
Davorin Popović was a Bosnian musician, well known throughout the former Yugoslavia. He was the lead singer and frontman of the progressive and pop rock band Indexi throughout most of their career. He was a popularly associated with a bohemian lifestyle. In his youth, he was a successful...

, and even performed with them a couple of times.

Korni grupa

In the meantime, during summer of 1971, Čolić finally met face to face with Kornelije Kovač who came to see Čolić play in Mostar
Mostar
Mostar is a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the largest and one of the most important cities in the Herzegovina region and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. Mostar is situated on the Neretva river and is the fifth-largest city in the country...

 and invited him to join his Korni grupa
Korni Grupa
Korni Grupa was a former Yugoslav rock band from Belgrade. Korni Grupa was one of the first former Yugoslav rock bands to achieve major mainstream popularity. The band's first releases were commercial pop-oriented songs. Korni Grupa later turned towards progressive rock, continuing, however, to...

 as replacement to their departed singer Dado Topić
Dado Topic
Adolf "Dado" Topić is a singer who sang the entry from Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 together with the band Dragonfly. He is one of the most popular rock musicians of Croatia and the former Yugoslavia. He was the lead singer of Time, a 1970s progressive rock band...

. Unlike Amabasadori, Korni grupa performed their own material and generally had a much more studious and serious approach to music, so Čolić immediately jumped at the opportunity.

On 10 September 1971, twenty-year-old Čolić left his hometown and moved to the capital Belgrade
Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. According to official results of Census 2011, the city has a population of 1,639,121. It is one of the 15 largest cities in Europe...

 in order to join his new band. However, his stint with Korni grupa ultimately proved to be very short and largely unsuccessful as he never meshed well enough with the rest of the group musically, finding it hard to fit into their progressive rock
Progressive rock
Progressive rock is a subgenre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a "mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility." John Covach, in Contemporary Music Review, says that many thought it would not just "succeed the pop of...

 style. He recorded three tracks with them, "Kukavica, "Gospa Mica gazdarica", and "Pogledaj u nebo", all of which got released on the 7-inch single by PGP RTB. Track "Gospa Mica gazdarica" managed to create minor controversy due to the slightly risque lyrics written from the perspective of a young man imploring his older female landlord to allow him into her bed - a nod to Čolić's life at the time since he was living away from home in sublet apartments. Due to numerous complaints, the song got taken off radio playlists.

Soon, however, Čolić and Kovač agreed that it would be better for Zdravko to go solo. Only six months upon his arrival to Belgrade, he returned to Sarajevo determined to give solo career a try.

Early activity: Schlager festivals

On 15 April 1972 Čolić's first solo move was taking part in the Vaš šlager sezone competitive festival in Sarajevo. He won the third audience prize as well as the interpretation award with Kemal Monteno
Kemal Monteno
Kemal Monteno is a popular Bosnian singer-songwriter. He was born to an Italian father and a Bosniak mother. He recorded his first song Lidija in 1967 and has enjoyed a prosperous career in the former Yugoslavia...

-written song "Sinoć nisi bila tu" that was originally meant to be sung by Josipa Lisac
Josipa Lisac
Josipa Lisac is an eminent female singer.-Biography:During the 1960s she was a vocalist of the group named Zlatni Akordi...

 who opted out at the last moment.

Right away, under Kovač's guidance Čolić managed to establish a fair amount of prominence as a solo act - and on 20 May 1972 the two appeared as guests on the very popular TV Belgrade variety show Obraz uz obraz hosted by Milena Dravić
Milena Dravic
Milena Dravić is a Serbian actress.Born in Belgrade, Dravić was involved with the performing arts from the age of four: first with dance and later classical ballet...

 and Dragan Nikolić. The same year, Čolić made further appearances at the Split festival (with song "Stara pjesma"), Priština
Pristina
Pristina, also spelled Prishtina and Priština is the capital and largest city of Kosovo. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous municipality and district....

 festival, and Skopje Festival (with song "Moj bol"), before embarking on a tour of Soviet Union
Soviet Union
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....

 together with Indexi
Indexi
Indexi was a Bosnian rock band popular in the former Yugoslavia. It formed in 1962 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and disbanded in 2001 when singer Davorin Popović died...

, Bisera Veletanlić
Bisera Veletanlić
Bisera Veletanlić is a jazz singer, one of the greatest names of Yugoslavian evergreen scene and the star of music festivals in the 1970s.-Singles:...

, Sabahudin Kurt
Sabahudin Kurt
Sabahudin Kurt is a Bosnian singer who representated the former Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 with the entry "Život je sklopio krug". He finished 13th with the dreaded nul points....

, and Sabina Varešanović.

Eurovision and more festivals

Then came the first big break that launched him on the road to stardom. By winning at the Opatija
Opatija
Opatija is a town in western Croatia, just southwest of Rijeka on the Adriatic coast. , the town proper had a population of 7,850, with the municipality having a total 12,719 inhabitants.-Geography:...

 festival with song "Gori vatra" written by Kemal Monteno, Čolić got to represent SFR Yugoslavia
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was the Yugoslav state that existed from the abolition of the Yugoslav monarchy until it was dissolved in 1992 amid the Yugoslav Wars. It was a socialist state and a federation made up of six socialist republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,...

 at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest 1973
The Eurovision Song Contest 1973 was the eighteenth Eurovision Song Contest and was held in Luxembourg. The language rule forcing countries to enter songs sung in any of their national languages was dropped, so performers from some countries sang in English....

 on 7 April 1973 in Luxembourg
Luxembourg (city)
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. The song placed poorly, but became a massive hit at home.

Riding the wave of exposure Eurovision appearance afforded him, Čolić continued entering competitive festivals throughout SFR Yugoslavia over the next two years with plenty of success. At Hit parada festival in Belgrade on 23 November 1974, he won with the song "Ona spava", composed and written by Kornelije Kovač. Next year, 1975, Čolić bagged a few more festival wins with Kovač's songs - Beogradsko proleće with "April u Beogradu", and Vaš šlager sezone with "Zvao sam je Emili". Other songs he performed at various festivals in those years were "Bling blinge bling" (1973 Vaš šlager sezone, composed by Zdenko Runjić), "Ljubav je samo riječ" (1974 Beogradsko proleće, composed by Vojkan Borisavljević), and "Zelena si rijeka bila" (1974 Vaš šlager sezone, composed by Kemal Monteno).

Around the same time he also signed a deal with the German arm of WEA record label and did two singles for that market. German producers were of the opinion that his name is too difficult to pronounce for their consumers so they marketed him as Dravco. Soon, however, Čolić decided not to pursue his options in that country further mostly because he was unwilling to move to Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

.

Debut album

His first solo album was Ti i ja (You and I) released in 1975 by Jugoton. Closely overseen by Kornelije Kovač, the album brought Čolić more hits like "Vagabund", "Igraš se vatrom", and "Loše vino" (written by Arsen Dedić
Arsen Dedic
Arsen Dedić is a Croatian singer-songwriter who has been prominent in the Croatian as well as former Yugoslav music scene. Dedić writes and performs chansons as well as film music...

 and Goran Bregović
Goran Bregovic
Goran Bregović is one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. He currently splits his time between Paris and Belgrade, where he settled down during the Yugoslav Wars.Bregović has composed for such varied artists as Iggy Pop and Cesária Évora...

). Cover sleeve was done by Dragan S. Stefanović, another collaborator who would remain with Čolić for years to come. Čolić's image especially appealed to girls and women, something that would remain a staple of his entire career. The same year, cashing in on his sudden popularity upswing, PGP RTB released a compilation of his festival singles under the name Zdravko Čolić.

Despite, achieving great prominence already, Čolić continued appearing at the occasional festival such as the Zagreb one in 1976 where surprisingly he finished in fourth place singing "Ti si bila, uvijek bila". At the end of that year he went on a Yugoslavia-wide tour with Indexi
Indexi
Indexi was a Bosnian rock band popular in the former Yugoslavia. It formed in 1962 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and disbanded in 2001 when singer Davorin Popović died...

. After the Belgrade concert, the measure of his sudden fame was on public display during autograph-signing at the Jugoton store as the cordon of girls rushed the store, breaking window glass in attempt to get closer to him.

Next year, 1977, he did the festival circuit for the last time. First in Zagreb with "Živiš u oblacima" followed by an appearance at the Festival of Patriotic Songs also in Zagreb where he performed "Druže Tito mi ti se kunemo". That song was soon released on a 7-inch single record and sold in 300,000 copies.

Mass popularity

His second album, Ako priđeš bliže (If You Come Closer), released later that year was even more successful, creating mass hysteria among girls. The copies were flying off the shelves as 50,000 sold in first two weeks alone. The album sprouted some of his best known and liked songs such as "Glavo luda", "Zagrli me", "Juče još", "Pjevam danju, pjevam noću", "Jedna zima s Kristinom", and "Produži dalje".

On 1 April 1978, he started an ambitious tour of SFR Yugoslavia with Lokice dance group in support of the album that had already sold 150,000 copies. His image and performing style were slightly altered as under Lokica Stefanović's guidance, he started to dance and move on stage, becoming in a way Yugoslavia's equivalent to then globally popular John Travolta
John Travolta
John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease...

. Čolić also started to play the guitar occasionally on stage. Putujući zemljotres (Traveling Earthquake Tour) produced and organized by Maksa Ćatović
Maksa Catovic
Maksa Catovic is a film producer who used to be the President of Komuna Belgrade, Serbia.Maksa Catovic was born October 9, 1950 in Despotovac, Serbia, Former Yugoslavia....

 moved all over the country, soon becoming a phenomenon the likes of which the country had not seen before. The scenes of screaming girls rushing the stage were repeated in city after city. The tour's climax took place in Belgrade at Red Star FC stadium on 5 September 1978 with 70,000 people in attendance despite the fact that Zdravko already played two sold out shows in Belgrade a few months earlier on 4 and 8 April at Hala Pionir. Supporting Čolić on stage that night were Chris Nicholls on keyboards and Dado Topić on bass guitar with old favourites Kornelije Kovač, Arsen Dedić, Kemal Monteno, Josip Boček, Trio Strune and RTV Belgrade singing quintet appearing as guests. Zdravko and the massive tour essentially became a cultural phenomenon transcending musical boundaries such that in the lead up to the big Belgrade concert journalist Dušan Savković and film director Jovan Ristić decided to make a movie about Čolić. Savković wrote a rudimentary screenplay, but the movie ended up being a 90-minute feature documentary titled Pjevam danju, pjevam noću that follows Čolić from Belgrade concert onwards and looks back on his career up to that point. Two days after the Belgrade concert, Čolić was in his hometown Sarajevo at Koševo Stadium for the tour's grand finale, however the rain interrupted much of the concert and the whole thing turned out to be a little anticlimactic. By the end of its promotion cycle, the album sold more than 700,000 copies and with later re-releases during the 1990s went over the million mark.

Čolić also got the attention of Ziggy Loch, director of German WEA, who after watching the Belgrade concert immediately wanted to renew his contract. Singles with songs "Jedina" and "Zagrli me" were released for the German market as well as the disco single "I'm Not a Robot Man" / "Light Me". However, Zdravko refused to move to Germany for the second time, and instead on 14 November 1978 went to serve the mandatory Yugoslav Army
Yugoslav People's Army
The Yugoslav People's Army , also referred to as the Yugoslav National Army , was the military of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.-Origins:The origins of the JNA can...

 stint. Twenty seven years of age at the time, Čolić was assigned to a unit in Valjevo
Valjevo
Valjevo is a city and municipality located in western Serbia. It is the center of the Kolubara District, which includes five other smaller municipalities with a total population of almost 180,000 people...

, before getting transferred to Belgrade, and finally Požarevac
Požarevac
Požarevac is a city and municipality in eastern Serbia. It is the administrative center of the Braničevo District of Serbia...

. After serving 10 months, he got out on 14 September 1979.

Sometime after coming back into civilian population Čolić started work on his third album that came out in the Spring 1980. Titled Zbog tebe
Zbog tebe (Zdravko Colic album)
Zbog tebe is the third studio album by Zdravko Čolić released in 1980.The authors on the record are Goran Bregović, Kemal Monteno, Arsen Dedić, and Spomenka Kovač.-Track listing:lyrics/music...

 it brought more hits as Zdravko further cemented his place as the most popular pop performer in SFR Yugoslavia.

In 1983, Čolić moved from his hometown Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Sarajevo |Bosnia]], surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans....

 to Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and its largest city. It is the centre of the City Municipality of Ljubljana. It is located in the centre of the country in the Ljubljana Basin, and is a mid-sized city of some 270,000 inhabitants...

 where he started a private business with Goran Bregović
Goran Bregovic
Goran Bregović is one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. He currently splits his time between Paris and Belgrade, where he settled down during the Yugoslav Wars.Bregović has composed for such varied artists as Iggy Pop and Cesária Évora...

 through their Kamarad label. Čolić then lived in Zagreb
Zagreb
Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Zagreb lies at an elevation of approximately above sea level. According to the last official census, Zagreb's city...

 for a couple of years before moving to Belgrade
Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. According to official results of Census 2011, the city has a population of 1,639,121. It is one of the 15 largest cities in Europe...

 in 1990 where he resides to this day. After the war
Yugoslav wars
The Yugoslav Wars were a series of wars, fought throughout the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1995. The wars were complex: characterized by bitter ethnic conflicts among the peoples of the former Yugoslavia, mostly between Serbs on the one side and Croats and Bosniaks on the other; but also...

 and a long pause, he embarked on a comeback, and regained much of his popularity.

In 2010, he had a big concert on the Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium
Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium
Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium is a stadium owned by the city of Sarajevo. It is also known as Koševo Stadium and formerly Olympic Stadium. Koševo Stadium is located in the Koševo neighborhood of Sarajevo and it is used mostly by FK Sarajevo....

 in Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Sarajevo |Bosnia]], surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans....

, within his Kad pogledaš me preko ramena tour, in front of over 60000 people.

On 25 June 2011, he had the biggest concert in his career on Usce, in Belgrade
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 with over than 100,000 people.

Čolić holds a degree in economics from the University of Sarajevo
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He is married and is the father of two daughters.

Singles

  • "Sinoć nisi bila tu" / "Tako tiho" (1972)
  • "Stara pisma" / "Pod lumbrelom" (1972)
  • "Gori vatra
    Gori vatra
    "Gori vatra" was the Yugoslavian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1973, performed in Serbo-Croatian by Zdravko Čolić....

    " / "Isti put" (1973)
  • "Blinge blinge blinge bling" / "Julija" (1973)
  • "Zelena si rijeka bila" / "Nedam ti svoju ljubav" (1973)
  • "Dome moj" / "Ljubav je samo riječ" (1974)
  • "Madre Mia / "Rock n roll himmel" (released in Germany) (1974)
  • "Alles was ich hab / "Lampenfieber" (released in Germany) (1974)
  • "Ona spava" / "Zaboravi sva proljeća" (1975)
  • "April u Beogradu" / "Svitanje" (1975)
  • "Zvao sam je Emili" / "Sonata" (1975)
  • "Ti si bila, uvijek bila" / "A sad sam ja na u redu" (1976)
  • "Ljubav ima lažni sjaj / "Balerina" (1977)
  • "Živiš u oblacima / Zašto spavaš" (1977)
  • "Loš glas / "Ne mogu biti tvoj" (1978)
  • "Light me" / "I'm not a robot man" (released in Germany) (1978)
  • "Druže Tito, mi ti se kunemo" / "Titovim putem" (1980)

Studio albums

  • Ti i ja
    Ti i ja
    -Track listing:lyrics/music#"Vagabund"#"Loše vino" #"Ostanimo prijatelji"#"A sad sam ja na redu"#"Ljubav je ljubav"#"Zvao sam je Emili"#"Ti si svjetlo, ja sam tama"#"Život je lijep, Helen Marie"#"Poslije raskoši i sjaja"...

     (You And Me) (1975)
  • Ako priđeš bliže (If You Come Closer) (1977)
  • Zbog tebe
    Zbog tebe (Zdravko Colic album)
    Zbog tebe is the third studio album by Zdravko Čolić released in 1980.The authors on the record are Goran Bregović, Kemal Monteno, Arsen Dedić, and Spomenka Kovač.-Track listing:lyrics/music...

     (Because Of You) (1979)
  • Malo pojačaj radio
    Malo pojacaj radio
    Malo pojačaj radio is a studio album by Zdravko Čolić released in 1981. Th album brings a bit more rock-ish sound for Colic who up to this point mostly dabbled in straight pop....

     (Turn Up The Radio A Bit) (1981)
  • Šta mi radiš
    Šta mi radiš
    Šta mi radiš is the fifth studio album by Zdravko Čolić, released in 1983.-Track listing:#Cherie, Cherie#Afrika#Stanica Podlugovi#Crne čarape#Konačno sam#Šta mi radiš#Daj mi to#Tvoje oči#Pobjegnimo koji dan na more#Brodolomci#Doviđenja...

     (What Are You Doing To Me?) (1983)
  • Ti si mi u krvi
    Ti si mi u krvi
    Ti si mi u krvi is the sixth studio album by Zdravko Čolić, released in 1985. The cover song is probably the most popular ballad of ex-Yugoslav pop music.-Track listing:# Ruška# Ustani, sestro# Ti možeš sve, al' jedno ne# Cura iz Zenice...

     (You Are In My Blood) (1985)
  • Zdravko Čolić
    Zdravko Colic (album)
    -Track listing:# Rodi me majko sretnog# Ne kunite, ne krivite# Samo ona zna# Da mi nije ove moje tuge# Hej, suzo # Oj djevojko selen, velen# Ko te ljubi kad nisam tu# Hvala ti nebo# Jastreb# Ne daj se, mladosti...

     (1987)
  • Da ti kažem šta mi je
    Da ti kažem šta mi je
    -Track listing:# Čija je ono zvijezda# Maslinasto zelena# E, draga, draga# Rijeka suza i na njoj lađa# Spavaju li oči nebeske# Čaje Šukarije# Mastilo i voda# Negdje na dnu srca# Da ti kažem šta mi je...

     (To Tell You What I'm Going Through) (1990)
  • Kad bi moja bila
    Kad bi moja bila
    Kad bi moja bila is the ninth studio album by Zdravko Čolić, released in 1997. It's the first Čolić' album after seven years of voluntary absence from the scene, mainly caused by the ongoing wars in ex-Yugoslavia....

     (If You Were Mine) (1997)
  • Okano
    Okano (Zdravko Colic album)
    Okano is the tenth studio album by Zdravko Čolić, released in 2000.-Track listing:# Okano# Mjerkam te, mjerkam# 'Ajde, idi # U boji vina# Hotel Balkan# Noć mi te duguje# Stavi prst na čelo# Idem da odmorim# Krasiva...

     (2000)
  • Čarolija
    Carolija
    Čarolija is the eleventh studio album by Zdravko Čolić, released in 2003.-Track listing:...

     (Enchantment) (2003)
  • Zavičaj
    Zavicaj
    Zavičaj is the twelfth studio album by Zdravko Čolić, released in 2006. The album was not released and distributed through a conventional record label, but with the help of Telekom Srbija's mobile division mt:s. With the CD purchase, you'd also get RSD100 prepaid mobile phone card as well as free...

     (Homeland) (2006)
  • Kad pogledaš me preko ramena
    Kad pogledaš me preko ramena
    Kad pogledaš me preko ramena is the thirteenth studio album by Zdravko Čolić, released in March 2010. It was released after a 4 year pause, when in 2006 the album "Zavičaj" was released. The songs were recorded and performed in 2009, while the recording was set in Belgrade, Zagreb, Novo Mesto and...

     (When you look at me over the shoulder) (2010)

Compilations

  • Pjesme koje volimo (The Songs We Like) (1984
  • Poslednji i prvi (The First and the Last) (1994)
  • Zauvek (Forever)(1998)
  • Zauvek 2 (Forever 2) (1999)
  • 7X Čola Box Set (2000)
  • Balade (The Ballads)(2002)
  • The Best of Zdravko Čolić (double-CD set)(2004)
  • The best of Zdravko Čolić (2008)

External links

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