Giorgos Zampetas is a well-known Greek composer and bouzouki master. To mark the occasion of his birth, we take a look back at his life achievements.
Zampetas was born on January 25, 1925 in Athens. He took his first bouzouki lessons from his father, who was a barber.
From 1950, he began working professionally in popular centers, until eventually entering the discography in 1953.
In 1959, Manos Hadjidakis made Zampetas a “soloist” in his compositions.
Zampetas later “embroidered” the songs of Theodorakis, Xarchakos, Plessa, Markopoulos, Markea, Kapnisi and many other composers.
He also wrote songs with Pythagoras, Kayanta, Pretenteri, Papadopoulos, Tzefroni, Bakogianni and Papagiannopoulou, while he collaborated closely with the leading lyricist Charalambos Vassiliadis-Tsanta, the poet Dimitris Christodoulou and Alelos.
Legacy and Death:
Zampetas’ assets include more than 250 songs. Most of them became hits, including Father sit down wisely, Romios loved Romia, Stalia-stalia and The fifty.
With his songs, a whole generation of singers emerged: Tolis Voskopoulos, Marinella, Dimitris Mitropanos, Vicky Moscholou, Stamatis Kokotas, Doukissa and others.
Zampetas died on March 10, 1992, at the age of 67, in the Sotiria Hospital of Athens. He was survived by family in Greece, as well as extended family members throughout the Greek diaspora.
Source: San Simera.