Inducted - Minneapolis 1986
Edo Lubic was born in Donji Vakuf, Yugoslavia, on May 7, 1912, son of Nikola and Klara Lubich. As is generally the case with gifted individuals, in music or any other field, Edo became a tamburas at the tender age of five when his dad acquired a bisernica (made of cardboard and plywood) and so began a musical career which was to span two continents and cover a period of 70 years.
At the age of 10, Edo received his first 'real' bisernica and proceeded to master all the tambura instruments in both Farkas and Sremski systems. At the astounding age of 14, Edo organized his first tamburitza band in his home village, consisting of seven to ten members. Edo was organizer, leader, instructor, and made the arrangements for all the instruments.
Edo attended a Jesuit's Gymnasium in Travnik, Yugoslavia. After this Edo went to Zagreb to study music and singing. After a year of studies in Zagreb, Edo decided to go to France to study Electrical Engineering for the period of 1929 through 1933. After France, Edo returned to Yugoslavia and due to certain circumstances, began to sing professionally, rather than following an engineering career.
Shortly after embarking on a singing career, a very good friend of Edo's, who was from a very prominent family in Belgrade, committed suicide and had left a request for Edo to sing his favorite song, which was at that time one of Edo's big hits, namely Kad Mi Pises Mila Mati (When You Write to Me Dear Mother) during his funeral. This last wish of Edo's friend was included in Edo's Belgrade radio program which coincided with the funeral, and needless to say, Edo's popularity zoomed to unprecedented heights resulting in his receiving offers to appear in almost every capital city in Europe.
Included in his European tour was Paris, Budapest, Rome, and Berlin. At a later date, Edo appeared in Berlin on a television show. Edo was the very first Yugoslav to ever appear on TV! Edo also made a short film that was included in Europe's movie history as the first found film from Yugoslavia. This was in 1937.
Prior to World War II, Edo, with his Belgrade radio show, was Yugoslavia's premier singing star. He was voted Yugoslavia's third most popular man in 1936.
Edo's singing style was unique which was an inspiration to tamburasi in the United States. Edo's song interpretations were very different and attractive to all tamburasi and tamburitza music lovers across the country, relating to the songs of that time.
It would be very difficult to select any individual who has promoted Yugoslav music and songs over so vast an area for so many years as has Edo.
Edo made many recordings on RCA Victor, Columbia, Decca, Balkan International, and Sonart. These recordings enhanced Edo's reputation and image to such a degree that he was selected to go on a four-year tour of the United States, appearing before high school and college students. It's estimated that more than 2 million students were fortunate to have been entertained by this most gifted musician during his four-year assignment. His presentations included the songs of Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia and, of course, his native Bosnia.
Edo appeared at concerts with such tamburitza greats as Steve Pavlekovich, Milan Verni, the Baich Tamburitzans, Blue Danube, and made recordings with the well known Sar Planina (Marty Kapugi Band) and also with Vinka Ellison. Edo also appeared with the famous Popovich Brothers band.
Edo opened his first well known restaurant, frequented by many entertainment celebrities, called 'La Place' (The Place) and later opened another restaurant called 'Edo's Other Place'. These were both very successful restaurants in the Century City, California, area. Edo sold both restaurants in 1978 and semi-retired; he is living in Palm Springs, California.
Edo travels to Europe every year, and in 1985 appeared in a feature movie in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, which is currently having its premiere showing.
Edo is a widower, his wife having passed away nine years ago. Edo has a daughter Nicolette and a granddaughter Victoria who is 14 years of age.
Edo is forever grateful for the assistance and support from the Croatian and Serbian colonies in the U.S. during his long and sometimes trying times. This support and assistance from the various lodges and organizations made it possible for Edo to carry on for so many years. Edo wants to offer his special and sincere thanks to all for their assistance and cooperation.
Edo is not certain he will return from his annual visit to Yugoslavia in time to attend the 1986 Extravaganza to be held in Minnesota but will make every effort to do so. Edo wants to convey his sincere thanks to the TAA committee for the honor of being selected as a candidate for appointment to the TAA Hall of Fame. He also expresses his best regards to his many old friends and supporters who are still with us.
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