Dionysis Savvopoulos
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Dionysis Savvopoulos
Dionysis Savvopoulos
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Savvopoulos performing
Background information
Born (1944-12-02) 2 December 1944 (age 75)
Thessaloniki, Greece
GenresGreek rock, Laïko (Greek folk music), Rebetika
1964-present

Dionysis Savvopoulos (Greek: ) (born 2 December 1944) is a prominent Greek singer-songwriter.[1]

Career

Savvopoulos was born in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece (December 1944) in a middle-class family. He passed his university entrance exams and enrolled in the Aristotle University to study law, but after his first year of his studies, his passion for music and politics led to an argument with his father and he dropped out in 1963.[2] Savvopoulos then hitchhiked on a truck to Athens and took various odd jobs, including working as a nude model for students in the Athens School for Fine Arts and as a journalist in a newspaper. In Athens, he began singing and playing guitar in various night clubs and became closely associated with the so-called Greek New Wave. Although Savvopoulos was not famed for his voice, his talent in songwriting impressed Alekos Patsifas, the director of LYRA record company in Greece which was specializing in artists of the Greek New Wave, who signed him. Savvopoulos remained with this label until 1983.

Savvopoulos debut album To Fortigho ("The truck" alluding to his hitchhiking experience) came out in 1966. Although critically well-received, it failed to chart, allegedly selling only 3,000 copies. Despite this, he was kept on the label's roster and continued with a string of highly successful albums, with self-penned songs combining arrangements reminiscent of early Frank Zappa and politically incisive lyrics in the style of Bob Dylan, with folk tunes from Macedonia, Thrace, and Rebetiko music.

Savvopoulos has been noted for being politically active throughout his career in music. In 1967, Savvopoulos was briefly imprisoned and beaten for his political convictions by the Greek military junta of 1967-1974, led by the dictator George Papadopoulos.

Most of his songs are written by himself (both lyrics and music). He is still singing but no longer composing (since his last studio album as a songwriter, O chronopios). Throughout his career, he has sung Greek rock, Laïko (Greek folk music) and Rebetika.

Personal life

He is married to Aspasia Arapidou. They have two sons, Kornilios and Romanos, and two grandsons, Dionisis and Andreas.

Discography

Studio albums

  • 1966 Fortigho (?; Truck)
  • 1969 To perivoli tou trelou ( ; ?he Fool's Garden)
  • 1970 Ballos (?)
  • 1972 Vromiko psomi (? ?; Dirty Bread)
  • 1975 Deka chronia kommatia (? ; Ten Years' Pieces)
  • 1976 Happy day, soundtrack for the eponymous film by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 1977 Acharnis, O Aristofanis pou gyrise apo ta thymarakia (, ? ; Acharneis, Aristophanes who came back from the dead)
  • 1979 I Rezerva (? ?; The Spare)
  • 1983 Trapezakia exo (? ; Tables Out)
  • 1989 To kourema ( ?; The haircut)
  • 1994 Mi petaxis tipota ( ; Don't Throw Away Nothing)
  • 1996 Parartima A ( ?'; Appendix A)
  • 1997 To xenodochio ( ?; The Hotel)
  • 1999 O chronopios (? X; The time-maker)
  • 2008 O Samanos (? ?; The Shaman), with Thanassis Papakonstantinou

Live recordings

  • 1983 Ikosi chronia dromos ( ? ; 20 years' Road: Live Recordings)
  • 1988 O kyrios Savvopoulos efcharisti ton kyrio Hadjidaki kai tha 'rthi opposdipote (? ? '? ?; Mr. Savvopoulos Thanks Mr. Hadjidakis And Will Definitely Attend)
  • 1990 Anadromi 63-89 ( 63-89; Retrospective 63-89)
  • 2001 Savvorama ()
  • 2007 O pyrinas (? ?; The Nucleus)
  • 2016 Siko psichi moy dose revma (? ? ? ; Rise soul of mine the power turn on) with Eleni Vitali

References

  1. ^ Sykka, Iota (16 October 2002). "Savvopoulos and Papazoglou party". Kathimerini. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Dionysis Savvopoulos biography Archived 2004-10-18 at the Wayback Machine, MusicCorner website (in Greek)

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