Saturday, 23 April 1983


Born: 1950, Herceg Novi, Montenegro (Yugoslavia)
Nationality: Montenegrin

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


For many years, Radovan Papović was the chief conductor of the RTV Montenegro Symphony Orchestra (Simfonijski Orkestar Crnogorske RTV). As a guest conductor, he led various other orchestras, including the Mostar Symphonic and the Montenegro Symphonic. For the latter, he often orchestrated classical pieces, such as the opera Balkanska carica. He does not only perform and write music, but he also works as a teacher and is the president of Montenegro’s National Music Academy.


In 1983, a Croatian singer called Milan 'Daniel' Popović won the Yugoslavian Eurovision preselection with the self-penned ‘Džuli’, which was submitted by the Montenegrin broadcaster. As a result, it was RTV Montenegro conductor Radovan Papović who accompanied him to the Eurovision Song Contest in Munich. The orchestration to the song was written by Mato Došen, who played the accordion on stage. ‘Džuli’ finished fourth in the contest – at that time, Yugoslavia had never before scored so well – and became a best-selling record in many European countries.


1983 Munich
Country – Yugoslavia
Song title – "Džuli"
Rendition – Daniel (Milan Popović)
Lyrics – Mario Mihaljević
Composition – Milan Popović
Studio arrangement – Mato Došen
Live orchestration – Mato Došen
Conductor – Radovan Papović
Score – 4th place (125 votes)

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