By | November 16, 2021
Miroslav ’Meky’ Žbirka dies at 69

Miroslav Žbirka Death – Miroslav Žbirka, the legendary Slovak pop music singer, composer, and guitarist has passed away on November 10, 2021, according to his wife, Kateřina, and information on his Facebook profile. The cause of his death has been made known to be pneumonia, his website stated. Žbirka’s last album titled Double Album was recorded in 2018 at Abbey Road Studios in cooperation with producer Rob Cass and British musicians.

In 1982, he became the first Slovak to win the Golden Nightingale (Zlatý slavík) poll for the best singer in Czechoslovakia. After the split of Czechoslovakia, he won the Slovak edition of the Nightingale three times. Žbirka was born in Bratislava on October 21, 1952. He was a son of a Slovak father and an English mother. His parent met at a pub called the Green Man in 1943, his father then His father, Šimon Žbirka, returned to Czechoslovakia in 1945 when the war ended, and his mother, Ruth Gordon, followed two years later. His mother spoke a mix of English and Slovak at home, and also encouraged him in music.

In the 1970s, Žbirka started playing and singing with the band Modus, which had a hit with the song “Úsmev.” He and another band member, Laco Lučenič, split off in the early 1980s to form the band Limit. Žbirka moderated the show “Rhytmic,” which presented foreign music videos in the 1990s. In 2012, at the age of 60, he recorded a new song in English, “Love Shines,” in the Abbey Road Studios in London where the Beatles recorded their most famous albums. He recorded dozens of albums which was a hit in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and also in neighboring Germany. His hits included “Balada o polných vtákoch,” “Atlantida,” “Biely kvet,” “22 dní,” “Katka,” and “Fair Play.”

Photo Credits – Abbey Road Studios via Twitter.