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Giorgos Zampetas

Giorgos Zampetas was a composer and singer, but primarily perhaps one of the most outstanding soloists in the bouzouki, with distinctive audio. Zampetas was created on January 25, 1925, in Athens. He was the kid of Mihalis Zampetas (a barber) and Marika Moraiti. From an extremely early age he demonstrated a great curiosity about music and began secretly using his father’s bouzouki even though assisting him in his barber store, and for that reason he was punished — as the dad didn’t need his son to be always a musician. Nevertheless, at age seven Giorgos received his first reward in a college music competition. In 1940 his family members relocated to Aigaleo and Zampetas produced a special relationship with this town, where he resided for the others of his existence. Zampetas began playing at night clubs in 1950 and in 1952 published his first music, “San Simera San Simera,” for Prodromos Tsaousakis. Through the middle-’50s he made up many tunes, with most lyrics compiled by Haralampos Vasileiadis for prominent performers, including “Vatheia Stin Thallasa tha Peso” for Stelios Kazantidis, “Eirtha Ki’apopse Sta Skalopatia Sou” for Panos Tzanetis, and “Na Pas Na Peis Stin Mana Mou” for Poly Panou. He also made up two big strikes he sang himself: “O Arapis” and “O Pio Kalos o Mathitis.” By this time around Zampetas was referred to as one of the better bouzouki players, because of his amazing playing. In 1959 Manos Hadjidakis provided Zampetas the bouzouki soloist part for his recordings. Through the pursuing years Zampetas participated in lots of classes, enriching the music of Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarhakos, Yannis Markopoulos, Mimis Plessas, and several other composers along with his playing. In the ’60s he reached the top of his profession, appearing in the largest clubs of that time period, touring throughout America and European countries, and composing many strike music for the burgeoning Greek movie theater. Zampetas also composed music for a lot more than 100 films, including Kokkina Fanaria, Lola, and many more; he constructed many music for theatrical has as well. In this 10 years Zampetas created his quality playing design, marking his music as exclusive and recognizable also for this day, distinguished because of their melodic introductions and lyrical appearance. Many prominent music of Greek music had been written during this time period, and Zampetas caused the most important lyricists of that time period, such as for example Pythagoras, Alekos Kagiantas, Kwstas Pretenteris, Leyteris Papadopoulos, Dimitris Tzefronis, Nikos Bakogiannis, Eutyxia Papagiannopoulou, and Charalampos Vasileiadis-Tsantas. Additional collaborators included the poet Dimitris Christodoulou and best movie director and scriptwriter Alekos Sakellarios. The tracks of Giorgos Zampetas raised many now popular performers like Xaris Alexiou, Viky Mosxoliou, Tolis Voskopoulos, Marinella, Dimitris Mitropanos, and Stamatis Kokotas, amongst others. In the ’70s he transformed his music design and started composing primarily satirical tracks — including such strikes as “O Thanasis,” “O Penintaris,” and “Malista Kyrie” — as soon as again Zampetas got a major effect on the Greek music picture. He also had written music for several films through the 10 years. In the ’80s the music genre that got brought Zampetas to prominence started to decline, and for that reason he faced problems with documenting companies. Sadly, his profession was within the decline therefore was he. He passed away March 10, 1992, at age 67 after an extended disease, and his loss of life signaled the finish of a time, as all of the bouzouki greats had been now eliminated. After his loss of life, documenting companies started rediscovering his music and releasing most of them in new variations.

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