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Νίκος Πορτοκάλογλου


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Νίκος Πορτοκάλογλου (Nikos Portokaloglou) is a greek musician.

He was born in Volos in 30 December 1957. When he was 4 years old, his family moved to Athens. In the second grade of junior high school in 1970 he acquires his first guitar and with the help of method of practical learning, plus a sudden personal passionate drive, he starts to study for hours playing songs from records by ear.

Around 1973 – 1974, with some of his friends from school they created a band and started performing covers of songs of that particular era. His first songs with Greek lyrics and issues – amongst them the later well known song “Άσωτος υιός” – were written while graduating from High School (1976).

In 1980 Portokaloglou (guitar, vocals), Tsakalos (drums) and Moustakis (keyboards) together with (Δημήτρης Καλατζής), also an old schoolmate (bass), form a new four-piece band with more of an electric sound than earlier, and drawing on ten songs by Portokaloglou, rehearse and prepare a demo, aiming to hit the record business. The name of the band came from the former youthful musical-theatrical group “Φατμέ”. In May 1981 the band started recording its first songs and the first album were released in early 1982 by the record company EMI, with producer Tasos Falireas. Soon after they began their live performances at small rock venues of the era.


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