Artist Biography Želimir "Željko" Bebek (born December 16, 1945) is a popular Bosnian Croat singer. Bebek was born in Sarajevo. He showed an early interest in music, entertaining his mother's guests by singing songs he heard on the radio. He also experimented with harmonica, but abandoned it in third grade of primary school as he wanted to play guitar and sing along. His teacher, however, discouraged such intentions so Željko ended up playing mandolin instead. He soon became the school's best mandolin player and was allowed to play guitar as a reward. He entered his first band at the age of 16. It was called Eho 61 and it also featured Kornelije Kovač, Zoran Redžić and Fadil Redžić all of whom were, like Bebek, students at Sarajevo's 2nd gymnasium. When the band broke up, Željko carried on playing with the Redžićs until Fadil entered Indexi.