Lola Novakovic was born in Belgrade on 23rd of April, 1935 (back then in Kingdom of Yugoslavia). Her music career began in 1957 when she started to work as a vocalist at the Radio Belgrade, and in the same year Lola went to Leipzig, Germany, where she represented Yugoslavia at the international music fair. She gained incredible popularity in her home country just in few months. Her name was constantly on the covers of Belgrade's dailies that year.
Her first record with the songs like Alisa U Zemlji Cuda (Alice in Wonderland) and Babalu (in Spanish) was a huge success. That's how Lola Novakovic got on her first European tour, performing at the venues in Basel, Berlin, Dresden, Prague and Warsaw. A year later, Serbian schlager star decided to visit Lebanon, where she unexpectedly spent a year and a half.
The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 27 times. It was the first communist country that joined the contest in 1961. The country won the Eurovision Song Contest just once - in 1989, the same year the Berlin Wall fell, and the Iron Curtain started to crumble. It was the pop band, Riva, from Croatia that took home the trophy. Soon after that, the Balkan Wars began, and Yugoslavia broke apart.