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Vicky Leandros


The winner from the 1972 Eurovision Track Competition, where she became the most recent in an extended type of foreign vocalists to represent the tiny principality of Luxembourg, Vicky Leandros was created in Palaiokastritsa, in the Greek island of Corfu, on August 23, 1952, the little girl of composer Leandros Papathanasiou. Her delivery name was Vassiliki Papathanasiou, which became Vicky after her parents transferred to Germany in the past due ’50s. Leandros was 13 when she released her initial one, “Messer, Gabel, Schere, Licht,” in 1965. Popular around northern European countries, it resulted in her being asked to represent Luxembourg on the 1967 Eurovision Tune Contest. She completed 4th with “L’Amour Est Bleu,” a vocal edition from the famed instrumental “Like Is certainly Blue,” however the record continued to become major strike across European countries and, with her dad now performing as her supervisor (and, oftentimes, songwriter), Leandros’ profession proceeded to go into overdrive. Released beneath the singular name of Vicky, follow-up singles had been recorded in as much as eight different dialects to be able to increase their publicity across European countries, a ploy that noticed Leandros become among the 1st really pan-European superstars. Her German tv series Ich Bien was broadcast in 13 countries (and received third place in the annual Montreux Tv Honours in 1971), while her popularity spread additional afield, creating her in Japan, South Africa, the center East, and Canada aswell. Certainly, her Japanese product sales record was, for quite some time, second to non-e, with strikes like “Watashi No Sukina Chocolates” (I LOVE Chocolates) and addresses of “My Nice Lord” and “You don’t need to Say YOU LIKE Me” all building new information. She had today added the Leandros surname to her stage name, and in 1972, her popularity reached the U.K. simply because “Apres Toi” — released in Britain simply because “Arrive What Might” — gained Eurovision, and swept to number 2 in the U.K. graph. She would afterwards superstar in her very own BBC tv series, Music My Method, and though following continental smashes (“Ich Hab’ expire Liebe Geseh’n,” “When Bouzoukis Performed,” and “Theo Wir Fahr’n Nach Lodz” included in this) had been less effective, she retained a higher profile for the reason that nation. Attempts to break right into the American marketplace had been less successful, nevertheless, despite her U.S. debut LP, the country-rock Over the Drinking water, receiving excellent evaluations, along with a well-publicized studio room liaison with Kim Fowley. Leandros slowed the speed relatively in the past due ’70s, and several observers experienced her celebrity was today in drop. But albums continuing to appear frequently, including 1979’s Wie Am Allerersten Label and 1981’s Like Is normally Alive, which noticed her executing duets with Demis Roussos, Johnny Hallyday, and American professional/vocalist David Spirit, and it quickly became clear which the lull was only that. During 1982-1983, singles “Verlorenes Paradies” and “Ver Truck Het Leven” positioned one of the best-selling produces in Benelux. A French-language edition of the second option, “A l’Est d’Eden,” reached number 2 in France and in addition reignited Leandros’ profession in Canada, where 1985’s Vicky recording spun off a minimum of three major strikes. In 1986, Leandros announced her purpose to take the time off to improve her family members; she came back to actions in 1989 using the Greek recording Piretos Tou Erota, and on the next couple of years she worked well hard to reestablish herself once more; strikes included 1991’s “Prosexe,” 1993’s “Andres,” 1994’s “Du Bist Mein Schoenster Gedanke,” and 1995’s “We’re Gonna Stay Collectively,” a duet with vocalist Tony Christie. She also racked up an enormous success having a German-language edition of “My Center Will CONTINUE,” through the Titanic film. Leandros has continued to be a major push through the entire 2000s; her produces are the self-produced Jetz album (which presented a duet with Chris de Burgh), and Tragoudi Alliotiko, documented with songwriter Mikis Theodorakis. She also came back to Eurovision, carrying out her latest strike, “Don’t Break My Center,” in the 2006 nationwide finals. Regrettably, the song had not been ultimately selected to be on to the worldwide event.

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Full Name Vicky Leandros
Date Of Birth August 23, 1952
Profession Singer, Politician
Nationality Greek, German
Spouse Enno von Ruffin, Ivan Zissiadis
Children Sandra von Ruffin, Maximiliane von Ruffin, Leandros Zissiadis
Parents Leo Leandros, Boubou Papathanassiou
Awards Eurovision Song Contest
Music Songs Après toi, Ich Hab' Die Liebe Geseh'N, Ich Liebe das Leben, Die Bouzouki Klang Durch Die Sommernacht, Theo wir fahr'n nach Lodz, Verlorenes Paradies, Messer, Gabel, Schere, Licht, Come What May, Grüße an Sarah, Kali Nichta, Du bist mein schönster Gedanke, When Bouzoukis Played, We're Gonna Stay Together, Dann kamst du, Ja ja der Peter, der ist schlau, Auf dem Mond da blühen keine Rosen, Dreams Are Good Friends, Weil mein Herz Dich nie mehr vergißt, Meine Freunde sind die Träume, Kaimos, Hey, Joe MC Kenzie, Günther gestehe, À L'est D'Eden, Tu Me Has Hecho Sentir, Mein Lied Fur Dich, Tango d’amour, Rot ist die Liebe, Auf Wiederseh'n, ihr Freunde mein, Je t’aime mon amour, Ich weiß, dass ich nichts weiß, Möge der Himmel, Bunter Luftballon
Albums Ich hab' die Liebe geseh'n, A Taste of Vicky, L'amour est bleu, Songs und Folklore, Starkes Gefühl, Lieben und Leben, Ich gehe neue Wege (Originale), Sing Greek Songs, Ihr Freunde mein, Chante Bouzouki, Nur einen Augenblick, Meine Freunde sind die Träume (Originale), Ich Bin Ich, Après toi, Just Vicky, Ich bin (Originale), Weihnachten mit Vicky Leandros, Sieh die Welt mit meinen Augen, Ich glaub' an dich, Gefühle, Le Temps des fleurs, Ich bin ein Mädchen, Verlorenes Paradies (Originale), Ich bin, Unsere schönsten Volkslieder, Du, du liegst mir im Herzen (Originale), V. L., Süsser die Glocken nie klingen, Weil mein Herz Dich nie mehr vergißt, Ich Liebe Das Leben, Ich bin wie ich bin, Singt Mikis Theodorakis, Love Is Alive (Originale), Tango d'Amor, Meine großen Erfolge, Wunderbar, Vicky Leandros (Originale), The Hitsingles, Träumen mit Vicky, Theo, wir fahr'n nach Lodz: Ihre großen Erfolge, Vicky und ihre Hits, Zeitlos, Tragoudi Alliotiko, Meine Liebe meine Lieder, Mit offenen Armen, Die großen Erfolge, Vicky (Originale), Ich find' Schlager toll, Vickys Welt: Mein großes Song-Album, Glanzlichter, Ich weiß, dass ich nichts weiß (Premium Edition)
Nominations Echo Award for Best National Rock/Pop Female Artist, Echo Award for Best Schlager Female Artist

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1 Was elected town councilor of Piraeus on the Pasok List (15 October 2006), and is also deputy mayor of Piraeus.
2 One of the most successful singers all over the world in the 1970s. To date, she has sold about 150 million records.
3 Although she is the daughter of Greek parents and has lived in Germany since 1957, she became the Luxemburg entry at the Eurovision Song Contest twice. In 1972, her song "Après toi" (the English version was called "Come What May") won the competition.
4 Is fluent in Greek, German, English and French.
5 Her parents are Leo and Boubou Papathanassiou. Her father Leo Leandros was famous as singer, composer, lyricist and producer of many songs.
6 Her children's names are Leandros 'Leo' Zissiadis (born 6 June, 1980), Maximiliane 'Milana' (born born 31 January 1985) and Alessandra 'Sandra' (stage name Sandra von Ruffin; (born 2 December 1986).



Highway to Hellas 2015 performer: "Ich liebe das Leben"
Willkommen Österreich 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sicko 2007 Documentary performer: "L'Amour est Bleu"
Sommer vorm Balkon 2005 performer: "Ich liebe das Leben"
Felix - Ein Hase auf Weltreise 2005 performer: "Felix", "The Fairies", "We Are the Vampires"
Tunten lügen nicht 2002 Documentary performer: "Lauf und hol Wasser"
Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding 1999 performer: "Sommernacht am Meer"
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
ZDF Hitparade 1983 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Derrick 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cadet Rousselle 1972 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Eurovision Song Contest 1972 TV Special performer: "Apres Toi"
Ich bin Vicky Leandros 1970 TV Movie performer: "To Traino", "N'y pense plus... tout est bien", "Wie Die Wilden Schwane", "Summertime", "Free Again", "L'Amour est Bleu", "Wie Sich Mühlen Dreh'n Im Wind", "Noch einmal" German Version of Without Her
The Eurovision Song Contest 1967 TV Special performer: "L'Amour est Bleu"
Die Rudi Carrell Show 1967 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Felix - Ein Hase auf Weltreise 2005 Sängerin (voice)
Athen 2004 - Die Gala 2004 TV Movie Host
Show-Express 1982 TV Series
Bananas 1982 TV Series Singer
Euroshow 1981 1981 TV Movie Singer
Am laufenden Band 1976-1979 TV Series Singer
Sez Les 1972 TV Series
Ich bin Vicky Leandros 1970 TV Movie Singer / Herself - Host
Guten Rutsch! 1969 TV Movie as Vicky
Music-Hall 1967 TV Series Singer



Showpalast 2000 TV Series Herself - Singer
Tränen lügen nicht 1999 TV Special documentary Herself
Immer wieder geht die Sonne auf 1999 TV Special documentary Herself
Kinderquatsch mit Michael 1999 TV Series Herself
Musik liegt in der Luft 1996-1998 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer
Surprise party 1997 TV Series Herself
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1995-1997 TV Series Herself
Modern Talking - The Video 1986 Video Herself
AVRO's Toppop 1983 TV Series Herself
Show-Express 1982 TV Series Herself - Singer
Die Montagsmaler 1978 TV Series Herself - Musician
Starparade 1969-1978 TV Series Singer / Herself - Singer / Herself - Musician
Disco 1972-1978 TV Series Herself / Singer
International Cabaret 1978 TV Series Herself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1976 TV Series Herself
Von uns für Sie 1975 TV Series Herself
Numéro 1 1975 TV Series Herself
Musik aus Studio B 1966-1975 TV Series Singer / Herself - Musician
Die Drehscheibe 1966-1975 TV Series Singer / Herself - Musician
Nana Mouskouri 1973 TV Series Herself
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1973 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Cadet Rousselle 1972 TV Series Herself
The Eurovision Song Contest 1972 TV Special Herself - Luxembourg Entry: 1st Place
The Harry Secombe Show 1971 TV Series Herself
Internationale Starparade 1971 TV Movie Herself - Musician
Groschenspiel 1971 TV Series Herself - Musician
Meine Melodie 1967-1970 TV Series Singer / Herself - Musician
45 - Fortifeif 1970 TV Series Herself
Show Pänggggg - oder: Gäste zum Fernsehen 1969 TV Movie Herself - Musician (as Vicky)
...18 - 20 nur nicht passen 1969 TV Series Herself - Musician
Betty's Beat-Box-Haus 1969 TV Series Herself - Musician
Ein Jahr 'Ö 3' 1968 TV Movie Herself - Musician (as Vicky)
Gala-Abend der Schallplatte 1967 TV Movie Herself
Studio Europa 1967 TV Movie Herself - Singer
1-2-3-los! 1967 TV Series Herself - Musician
The Eurovision Song Contest 1967 TV Special Herself - Luxembourg Entry: 4th Place (as Vicky)
Die Rudi Carrell Show 1967 TV Series Herself - Singer
Jede Stimme zählt 1966 TV Movie Herself - Musician (as Vicky)
Sextet 1965 TV Series Herself
Vollgas mit Musik 1965 TV Movie Herself - Singer (as Vicky)
Tijd voor show: Eurosong 1965 TV Movie Herself - Singer
Eurovision 2013: Ellinikos telikos 2013 TV Movie Herself - Judge
Hamburg Journal 2013 TV Series Herself
José Carreras Gala 2010-2012 TV Series Herself
Die schönsten Weihnachts-Hits 2012 TV Series Herself
Der Salon am Dienstag 2012 TV Series Herself
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2005-2012 TV Series Herself
Der Sonntags-Stammtisch 2008-2011 TV Series Herself
Die ultimative Chartshow 2004-2011 TV Series documentary Herself
Kölner Treff 2010 TV Series Herself
My Swinging Sixties - Gottschalks Zeitreise 2010 TV Movie Herself
Beckmann 2005-2010 TV Series Herself
Zimmer frei! 2009 TV Series Herself
TV total 2009 TV Series Herself
NDR Talk Show 2005-2009 TV Series Herself
Ein Herz für Kinder 2002-2008 TV Series Herself - Fundraiser / Herself
TV tiglon 2007 TV Series Herself
Herman & Tietjen 2007 TV Series Herself
DAS! 2007 TV Series Herself
Riverboat - Die MDR-Talkshow aus Leipzig 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Musik für Sie 2006 TV Series Herself
Der deutsche Vorentscheid 2006 - 50 Jahre Grand Prix 2006 TV Movie Herself
Wetten, dass..? 2006 TV Series Herself
Verstehen Sie Spaß? 1998-2006 TV Series Herself
Kein schöner Land 2005 TV Series Herself
Aktuelle Schaubude 2005 TV Series Herself
Melodien für Millionen 2005 TV Series Herself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show 2004-2005 TV Series Herself
Feste der Volksmusik 2004 TV Series Herself
III nach neun 2001-2003 TV Series Herself
Ein Star und seine Stadt 2003 TV Series documentary
Sabine Christiansen 2002 TV Series Herself
Bye-Bye Deutsche Mark 2002 TV Movie Herself
Das ZDF-Sommerhitfestival 2001 TV Series Herself
Die ZDF-Hitparty 2000 TV Series Herself
Starnacht am Wörthersee 2000 TV Movie Herself
ZDF Hitparade 1969-2000 TV Series Herself
Das große Los 2000 TV Series Herself

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Eurofestival 2010 Documentary
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2006 TV Series Herself
Boom Bang-a-Bang! 50 Years of Eurovision 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Tour d'Eurovision 2005 TV Movie Herself - Luxembourg Entry
Hitlisten des Nordens 2004 TV Series
Festival 1972 TV Series

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