Dedić wrote and performed chansons as well as film music.
He was also an award-winning poet, and was one of the best-selling poets of former Yugoslavia.
Arsen Dedić was born in Šibenik, in the Littoral Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (present-day Croatia) to father of Montenegrin and mother of Croat origin.
Arsen was baptized under the name Arsenije, after Archbishop Arsenije III Carnojević.
His father Jovan was a bricklayer, volunteer firefighter and musician, and his mother Jelka was an illiterate housewife, whom Arsen later taught.
He finished music school. He and his older brother Milutin Dedić (named after Stefan Milutin) left Šibenik for Zagreb and Belgrade, respectively, in 1957.
Milutin is since a painter and columnist still living in Belgrade. Arsen studied law at Zagreb but drops out in 1959, enrolling in the Music Academy of Zagreb – receiving a diploma in 1964.
Arsen became a household name in the 1960s, thanks to pop music festivals and his brand of music, which was at first influenced by Dalmatian folklore, but is mostly comparable to the French chanson genre. Throughout the decades Dedić became one of the most respected musicians in former SFR Yugoslavia and maintained this reputation to this day.
Arsen Dedic, Croatian singer, he died at the age of 77.