The Passing of a Modern Musician – Balázs Fecó

István Arató

The Passing of a Modern Musician – Balázs Fecó

Feco Balázs, Poster of Feco on the Music Well on Margit sziget (Margaret Island)

He was born in Budapest in 1951 and died in the same city.  He was a Kossuth and Liszt Award-winning artist and had also been voted six times as best keyboardist.  Fecó had released ten solo albums and also collaborated on another twenty different ones.  He also composed music for five films - Gondviselés, Laura, Vakvilágban, A pókok and Nyolc évszak.

During the weekend of December 5th, fans said good-bye to the great artist at the Music Well on Margaret Island where his songs were played.  Fecó was part of his high school orchestra at the Bartók Béla  School of Music. He started his career in 1967 with the Neoton Band and was with them until 1972, when he left the group with Som Lajos and they created the hard-rock band Taurux XT.  Radics Béla, known as the Hungarian Jimi Hendrix, was also part of the band.  It was very-short lived, but they were able to give Hungarians a really good rock message.

With the termination of Taurus XT, Fecó spent two years abroad, and afterward, in 1976, he joined the Koncz Zsuzsa orchestra.  In 1978, he founded the great and very popular Korál Band, which gave its first concert at the Buda Youth Park.  Korál was a new and independent group that played a lighter form of hard-rock 

Korál’s song “Homok a szélben” (Sand in the Wind) was created in 1981 and became one of Korál’s most famous pieces; it had  huge success at the Dance Song Festival.  Eight years later, the band dissolved and Fecó started his solo career where he was able to achieve enormous success with very popular hits that made his fans absolutely adore him.

Fecó was the kind of artist who was able to attract more than a couple of generations.  As he once said in an interview, “Teenagers like my work,  but so do their parents.” Many people like his lyrical songs but he was also very well known for popularizing rock music in the 70’s and 80’s.

         “I am glad that I found myself through

          rock music, and as my chronicler and

          friend Horváth Attila wrote: ‘Only the

          years have passed, nothing else has.’”

                         Balázs Fecó

 

István Arato, son of Hungarian immigrant parents, was born in São Paolo, Brazil where he was a journalist.  He came to the US in 1996 and attends the Hungarian School sponsored by Magyar Studies of America in Fairfield, CT.  He is a member of the Magyar News Editorial Board.