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Vicky Leandros

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Greece (1965 – present)

Vicky Leandros (born August 23, 1952), daughter of singer, musician and composer Leandros Papathanasiou (known as Leo Leandros - composer pseudonym Mario Panas) is a Greek singer with a long international career.

She was born Vassiliki Papathanasiou in Paleokastritsa, a resort on the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. As her father wanted to expand his career he went to Germany while Vicky grew up at her grandmother’s house until the age of five. In 1958 her parents took her to Germany where she stayed with her father permanently after their divorce.

She revealed her talent at a very young age while taking guitar, music, dance, ballet and voice lessons. In 1965, she released her first single “Messer, Gabel, Schere, Licht” which was an immediate success.

In 1967 she received an offer to sing for Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “L’amour est bleu”. She finished in fourth place and was disappointed but the song became an all time classic evergreen and was a million selling single in all continents. This was the beginning of a unique career for her and her father as composer manager and producer. She was singing in eight languages with her albums, singles and EPs being sold all over the world.There were innumerable Top-10 Hits and sold out concerts as well as TV appearances.Not only did Vicky’s record sales soar in Europe at this point but also in the Far East - particularly Japan - also her popularity in Canada was huge. Vicky toured extensively in all these locations.

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