Μάνος Χατζιδάκις

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(My photo of the Greek clear sea!)

I learned to dance Zorba at Fagerborg school as a teenager, our very interesting music teacher Børre, though us. He also played Greek songs to us.

Mom bought a UNISEF LP and there was “Xsimeromata” with Nana M.

So I knew a little bit of Greek music, before travelling to Greece for the first time September 1979.

On holidays with Gulliver I was so happy to be invited with “The Greek Connection” (in Skiathos) – by Georgios Sarris, his family and friends, I learned a lot more. I got to know Giannis Parios, the great love-song singer and the songs he song like Matia Ble, Kokkino Graiffalo and many many more. What a great time, what great parties. The parties continued also after I moved to Skopelos, and what fun we had, what memories!

Unfortunately Georgios left us much too early!
He was my very good friend, like a brother,
mom called him her son and
always brought him chocolate from Norway.

He gave me the name SKOPELITISSA!

In Plaka, Athens, in 1987 I met these 2 guys
in a small music theater,
and since then they has been my 2 favorites;

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The singer Georgios Dalaras and the great composer Manos Hatzidakis.

I guess you know Georgios?
I was happy to see him here in 1991, what a great night!!!

But lets get to know Manos better,
or show you that you know something of him;

“Manos Hatzidakis (also spelled Hadjidakis; Greek: Μάνος Χατζιδάκις; 23 October 1925 – 15 June 1994) was a Greek composer and theorist of Greek music. He was also one of the main proponents of the “Éntekhno” form of music (along with Mikis Theodorakis). In 1960 he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song Never on Sunday from the film of the same name.”

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“In 1958, Hatzidakis met Nana Mouskouri, his first “ideal interpreter”, a skilled vocalist who shaped the sounds of his music.

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Manos and Melina

 

“It was 1960 that brought him international success, as his song “Never on Sunday” (“Τα παιδιά του Πειραιά”), from Jules Dassin‘s film Never on Sunday (Ποτέ την Κυριακή), won him an Academy Award and became a worldwide hit.”
My comment; (Melina Merkouri song that one as Ilia in the great movie.)

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“In 1965, his LP Gioconda’s Smile (Το Χαμόγελο της Τζιοκόντας) was released on Minos-EMI. In 2004, it was re-released, digitally remastered as an audiophile LP and a CD in the EMI Classics collection.”

Listen to it on YouTube;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV69C4E2yLw

“In 1966 he travelled to New York City for the premiere of Illya Darling, a Broadway musical based on Never on Sunday, which starred Mercouri. He did not return to Greece until 1972 due to his opposition to Greece’s military dictatorship. ”

MUCH MORE AT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manos_Hatzidakis

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
The Gioconda‘s Smile is playing in my background!

Before ending, just a few photos from the last days;

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Nice celebration of Ingers birthday in Agnondas.

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