Oktobar 1864

Oktobar 1864 (Serbian Cyrillic: Октобар 1864; trans. October 1864) was a Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band.

Oktobar 1864
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Background information
OriginBelgrade, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
GenresRock, funk rock, jazz rock, pop rock
Years active1984–1992
LabelsJugodisk, PGP-RTB
Past membersTanja Jovićević
Goran Tomanović
Zoran Karapandža
Željko Mitrović
Marko Lalić
Dean Krmpotić
Ivan Zečević
Branko Baćović
Dejan Abadić
Vuk Dinić
Ljubinko Tomanović
Slobodan Andrić
Deže Molnar


1984 – 1992Edit

Oktobar 1864 was formed in 1984 in Zemun by Goran Tomanović and have changed several line-ups before they won the Best demo Band Award at the MESAM festival in 1986. Goran Tomanović looked for first band members over the newspaper ads. The band had its first big performance in 1985 when they performed in Taš club in Belgrade, and that is when Tanja Jovićević, the band's lead singer, joined the group.[1] After this, the band started the work on their debut, self-titled, album. The album was recorded in November and December 1986 in O Studio in Belgrade and produced by Saša Habić. It was released for the Jugodisk label. The line-up for this album was: Tanja Jovićević (vocals), Goran Tomanović (guitar), Željko Mitrović (bass guitar), Ivan Zečević (drums), Dean Krmpotić (keyboards), Marko Lalić (saxophone), Branko Baćović (trumpet) and Nebojša Mrvaljević (trombone). Guests on the album were Jovan Maljoković on saxophone, Saša Habić and Bojan Zulfikarpašić on keyboards, and former S Vremena Na Vreme members Ljuba Ninković and Asim Sarvan on backing vocals. This album featured hits "Nađi me" ("Find Me", a cover of the Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There") and "Carte blanche". Minor hits were "Muzika noći" ("Music of the Night") and "Grad" ("The City").

The second album Igra bojama (Play with Colors) was recorded in February and March 1988 in O Studio in the new line-up, with Dejan Abadić (keyboards) and Vuk Dinić (trombone). The guests on the album were Rex Ilusivii on emulator, Dragan Kozarčic on trumpet, Josip Kovač Jr. on saxophone, Theodor Yanni on guitar, Sanja Čičanović and Milan Mladenović on backing vocals. The album was produced by Rex Ilusivii and Theodor Yanni and released through PGP-RTB. The major hit on the album was "Sam" ("Alone") and other notable songs were "Pratiš trag" ("You're Following the Trace") and "Senke 2" ("Shadows 2").

During 1989 Ljubinko Tomanović (bass guitar) and Slobodan Andrić (saxophone) joined the band. During the same year, Tanja Jovićević was voted the Best Singer of the Year by the readers of Pop rock magazine.[2] The band played concerts with Ekatarina Velika and recorded the soundtrack for the film Početni udarac. In early 1990, Oktobar 1864 started to work on their third album Crni ples (Black Dance) in Pink Studio in Zemun. It was recorded in March 1990 in the studio of RTV Titograd. The band was accompanied by Deže Molnar on tenor and alto saxophone and keyboards, Dragan Kozarčić on trumpet, Anton Horvat on baritone saxophone, Milan Mladenović on backing vocals, Blagoje Nedeljković on drums (in "Denis") and Ted Yanni on guitar (guitar solo in "Crni ples"). The album was produced by the band and Theodor Yanni and released by PGP-RTB. This album featured hits "Crni ples" and "Denis". Minor hits were "E7/9" and "Osećam za tebe" ("I Feel for You"). In 1990, Oktobar 1864 also recorded the soundtrack for the documentary film Izlazak u Javnost (Coming out), about the comic strip artist Emir Mesić from Zagreb. During the same year, the TV station SA 3 from Sarajevo recorded the documentary film Oktobar 1864 about the band.

Despite the fact they were praised by both fans and critics, due to the outbreak of the Yugoslav Wars, the band members decided to end their activity. The group disbanded in 1992 and the farewell concert was held in Belgrade's SKC in January 1992.[3]

Post breakupEdit

After the split up, Tanja Jovićević pursued solo career as a jazz singer. Goran Tomanović formed the alternative rock band Braća Left with Ljubinko Tomanović. Željko Mitrović founded Pink television and City Records label.

In 1997, City Records released the compilation album Najbolje with 12 songs. The editor for the album was Goran Tomanović.


In 2011, the song "Crni ples" was polled, by the listeners of Radio 202, one of 60 greatest songs released by PGP-RTB/PGP-RTS during the sixty years of the label's existence.[4]


Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Najbolje (1997)
  • Ultimate Collection (2011)


  • EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006, Janjatović Petar; ISBN 978-86-905317-1-4

External linksEdit