Saturday, January 14, 2012

Edo Lubich

Artist: Edo Lubich
LP: At the Backstage Club — His Songs and His Guitar
Song: "Quisas, Quisas, Quisas"
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The popular classic "Quisas, Quisas, Quisas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)" is given the Lubich touch by talented Yugoslavian singer, guitarist, entertainer, and restaurant manager Edo Lubich. Though he became a tamburas at a young age after receiving his first birsenica, Edo has a good friend's suicide to thank for getting his international music career off the ground and shooting him to stardom. Before offing himself, Edo's friend, who was also a regular patron at a Belgrade cafe where Edo regularly performed, made his last request: He wanted Lubich to perform at his funeral. The news of the request made headlines and the rest, as they say, is history—a history that includes Edo being voted 3rd most popular man in Yugoslavia in 1936, being the first-ever Yugoslavian person on TV, and getting to perform throughout all of Europe and the USA! A connoisseur of good food, Edo eventually found himself living in Phoenix, Arizona where he managed The Backstage Club, which offered fine dining (see the postcard below that I just paid $3.50 for on eBay) as well as entertainment by Lubich himself. He also evidently recorded at least one album with Yadran Records, a local label. According to his Tamburitza Hall of Fame biography here, Lubich later lived in Century City, California, where he owned and operated a pair of restaurants—named "La Place" and "Edo's Other Place"—which he sold in 1978 when he retired to Palm Springs. You can find more info about Edo Lubich in the LP liner notes below.

[ Edo Lubich: May 7, 1912 — March 15, 1993 ]


nikki lubich said...

Hi Alex,

Edo Lubich was my father. I am so curious how you found out about him and his history. Please email me back and perhaps we can set up a phone call to talk a little more about him.


Nikki Lubich

Alex said...

Hi Nikki,

Thanks for writing — what a wonderful surprise! I picked up your father's record at a store here in Seattle. I hadn't heard of him before, but really enjoy his music. I learned a little about his life from searching the internet and from the notes on the back of the LP. I'd love to chat and find out more about him! You can email me directly at

All the best,