Darko Jelčić

Darko Jelčić
Birth name Darko "Cunja" Jelčić
Born 1 January 1965 (1965-01-01) (age 46)
Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Genres pop rock
progressive pop
Occupations musician, drummer
Instruments drums, percussion
Years active summer 1974-present
Labels Jugoton, Diskoton, Croatia Records
Associated acts Flott
Crvena Jabuka

Darko "Cunja" Jelčić (born 1 January 1965 in Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina, then Yugoslavia) is a Yugoslavian musician best known for having been Crvena Jabuka's drummer from their initial inception in 1985, to the present day. Next to Dražen Žerić, he is the only standing member to exist in every line-up change that the band has gone through.

Jelčić was born in Zenica on New Year's Day, 1965. As a child, he loved to listen to records (notably folk artists such as Safet Isović, Kemal Monteno, and Halid Bešlić) as well as bands such as Indexi. At only 13 or 14 years of age, his uncle bought him a drum kit as a Christmas present, and Jelčić quickly learned to play drums without anyone showing him anything.

In 1974, Jelčić relocated to Sarajevo with his family, and formed the band Flott. While the band was mostly progressive pop, and a great influence on the Yugoslav musical scene, they were not too successful, and disbanded after having been together for less than ten years.

In the 1980s as the New Primitives movement was taking over, and Flott coming apart, Jelčić began to hang around various bars in hopes of getting attracted. In the meantime, he released two solo albums: Cunja in 1983, and Isti Zivot (The Same Life) in 1984.

In April, 1985, Jelčić was invited to audition for a band who was looking for a drummer. This would eventually form what is known today as Crvena Jabuka. The band released their debut album in the spring of the following year, and it proved to be a great success. Following the release of the album, Crvena Jabuka headed off for their first show in Mostar. However, disaster struck, the band took two cars, and a car accident occurred killing both bassist Aljosa Buha, and singer/guitarist Drazen Ricl.

In memory of the two late members, Crvena Jabuka (as did many other bands) held a tribute concert at Skenderija in Sarajevo on 10 October 1986. While the band meant to go on a one-year hiatus of silence, they decided to go back into the studio and finish up what would be their second studio album Za sve ove godine as a tribute to Buha and Ricl. The band worked as a three-piece band for this album and the rest of the '80s.

Jelčić took most of the time in the war off, but released another studio album Ploce u Prozoru (Records in the Window) in 1990.

In 1994, Drazen Zeric rejoined forces with Jelčić and decided it was time to reconstruct Crvena Jabuka. After the reconstruction, they had major success once again, and had moved to a more adult contemporary sound as opposed to their '80s style of music.[1][2]

Jelčić released two more albums: Cunja 2 in 1997, and Sve Najbolje (All The Best) in 1999.




  • Flott - 1974
  • Ljubav u Zatvoru (Love in Prison) - 1978
  • Zivot je Ljep (Life is Beautiful) - 1979
  • Kosa u Suncu (Hair in the Sun) - 1981
  • Live...For the First Time - 1982
  • More Live Music - 1984
  • Flott-The Best Of - 1985

Crvena Jabuka

Studio Albums

Live Albums

  • Uzmi me kad hoces ti (Take me when you want To) - 1990
  • LIVE - 1998
  • Riznice Sjecanja-unplugged - 1999



  • Cunja - 1983
  • Isti zivot (Same life) - 1984
  • Ploce u Prozoru (Records in the Window) - 1989/1990
  • Cunja II - 1997
  • Bez Kraja-Sve Najbolje (Without an end, All the Best) - 1999(compilation)
  • Dame i Gospodo (Ladies and Gentlemen) - 2002 (Boxed set with music by Flott, Crvena Jabuka, and Darko Jelčić)


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