Dusko Jaksic (1927-2009) was a Serbian (or what was mostly Yugoslavia during his active years) artist who was a prolific singer and actor. Growing up in Belgrade, he first studied music an then theater. He has started in many production both on stage and film in productions of various national origins. Western production roles include Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha and Higgins in Pygmalion . Besides a prolific singing career (80 or so record), Jaskic also wrote significant amount of poetry. Finally, his song “Beograde” has become the defacto anthem of the city.
This album came out in 1976. The title translates into “From Yesterday to Today” which is one of the more popular record titles of around the world. Discogs classifies it folk and schlager. Pretty decent album with some song writing credits going to Jaksic. Not really being an expert of Yugoslavian popular music, it is hard for me to a) differentiate this from other music from similar time/places and b) add any real meaningful insight.But I would say that yes, this really does sound mostly like schlager.
The notable exception is “Moja Mala Nema Mane” which opens with a stunning gypsy violin. Nice little snappy number and therefore, here it is as a sample. The title translates on Google as “My Little Girl Has No Flaws”.
This album is ok and at the risk of alienating any Serbian fans of this blog (which I know are out there), I will give this a satisfactory rating.