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Μανώλης Χιώτης

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Manolis Chiotis (Greek: Μανώλης Χιώτης) was a famous Greek Rebetiko composer, singer and musician.

He was born on March 21st., 1921, in Thessaloniki. He died in 1970, allegedly on his very birthday. He first started playing on the violin, then eventually moved on to the guitar and the bouzouki.

He began his stage and recording career in 1937, at age of 16, playing with Bayanderas. A year later, in 1938, he recorded his first song De les to nai kai ‘sy (Δε λες το ναι και ‘συ). As a result of the shut down of the record companies in Greece, because of the German Occupation, he was already one of the major musicians and played Bouzouki and Guitar in many recordings, besides his own. His career took-off after the German Occupation!

He has composed many great songs that became timeless hits, and just to name a few: “O Pasatémpos” (Ο Πασατέμπος), “Apópse Fíla me” (Απόψε Φίλα με), “Miázis san Thálassa” (Μοιάζεις σαν Θάλασσα), “Vouno me vouno” (Βουνό με βουνό). Chiotis is known as an incredible virtuoso on both the Bouzouki and the Guitar. He started to play and popularized the four-course bouzouki (tetrachordo) after 1959.

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