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Vassilis Tsitsanis


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Vassilis Tsitsanis (Βασίλης Τσιτσάνης; 18th January 1915–18th January 1984) was a Greek singer, composer, and musician. He became one of the leading composers and singers of rembetika, banned in Greece during its early years, and in the later laika style.

Tsitsanis was born in Trikala. From a young age he was interested in music and learnt to play the mandolin, violin and the bouzouki that was the mainstay of so many of his songs. In 1936 he left for Athens to study Law, and by 1937, had made his first musical recording.

During the German occupation of Greece, Tsitsanis lived in Thessaloniki. There he wrote many of his best songs that were later recorded after the end of the World War II.

In 1946, Tsitsanis returned to Athens and began recording many of his own compositions that made famous many of the singers that worked with him, such as Sotiria Bellou (Σωτηρία Μπέλου), whom he had discovered, Marika Ninou (Μαρίκα Νίνου), and Prodromos Tsaousakis (Πρόδρομος Τσαουσάκης). From then on, Tsitsanis enjoyed wide acclaim throughout Greece.

Tsitsanis died in London on his sixty-ninth birthday. He was mourned across Greece, where his music is still enjoyed to this day.

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  • ermal1991

    Βασίλης Τσιτσάνης is how his name is realy written.

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    And still idiots vote down the incorrect tag image, and insist on splitting the scrobbles -- not just into the real name and the Romanised form, but into a host of different Romanised forms.

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    "not enough content to play on this radio? we need more tsitsanis supporters! " There'd be plenty if people tagged their music correctly. There are at least three pages for him, partly because using a Romanised form of his name means that there are many ways of writing his name

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • AristideKlopbk

    Je trouve la recommendation d'épeler le nom du musicien dans sa langue d'origine complètement idiote et tout à fait malvenue. Si j'arrive à déchiffrer les caractères typographiques cyrilliques, je serais bien incapable de comprendre Βασίλης Τσιτσάνης, et suis encore bien plus incapable de déchiffrer les caractères hindi, chinois, japonais, etc.

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
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    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • submariner2

    Giassas Oi kirii ,ares_yiorgos kai filipdimitri, malista vre files simfona me esis,O Tsitsanis eine poli kalos draudistis kai kani poli kala rembetiko musiko kai mpaizi oreya ,an eine etsi,alla ti tha poumen ya ton Markos Vamvakaris.Apo mena O Vamvakaris eine to protos rembetis kai O Tsitsanis eine o defteros rembetis,then eine etsi; Tha eisthe kala,yassas vre paidia

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • filipdimitri

    not enough content to play on this radio? we need more tsitsanis supporters!

    27 Jan 2008 Reply
  • ares_yiorgos

    nai, protos o kurios !

    17 Jan 2008 Reply
  • filipdimitri

    no one better!

    2 Dec 2007 Reply

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