Manolis [Aggelopoylos] is one from the bigger popular interpreters that elected this place. Alone that dared “[kontrarei]” in popularity and impression the “emperor of” popular song [Stelio] [Kazantzidi] the period of his absolute sovereignty in the musical fixation, round the 1959. It is characteristic that in the districts of Piraeus and Athens but also in the province, the musical public was separatedi two rival camps, “[Kazantzidikoys]” and “[Aggelopoylikoys]».
[Aggelopoylos] was given birth in 1939 in Kavala. There I have led after discussions that I had with friends, relatives and his colleagues. The himself in various interviews that it gave occasionally, said that it was given birth in Alexandria of Egypt, sometimes in Kavala and other… in the Drama. With half wish, [asarantistos] still, it goes with his family to Saint Athanassios of [Dramas]. In 1947 are found in Heraklion of Crete, in [tsantiria]. In the 14 [chronia] remains orphan from father. The “ship” brings him in Down [Petralona] and afterwards in Saint Barbara. Sold rugs, blankets and [[ό]], what other type was marketable. Many times over it led in department because the police officers chased the vendors and the hawkers. With a friend they decided they make two [kaselakia]. Thus they began they make [loystrakia] and [gyalizoyn] shoes in Piraeus. It made the redcap, the waiter…
His big passion was the music and the song. In [lofisko] with [rapanakia] in Saint Barbara it gathered the [tsigganopoyla] and [tragoydoyse] with hours. In 1957 [koroideyan] when it went to the popular shops of region ([Peribola], [Kefala] in [Kokkinia], [Blachos] and Garden of Allah in [Aigaleo]) and requested they leave him, in the end of program, in the empty chairs, it says also that song. A song from [ponemena] [Kazantzidi] that so much he liked. Still, it visited his near house Spyros [Zagoraioy], that then it had for big [soyxe] the song [Kloybatoy] - [Basileiadi] “Turned on the cigarette” and asked him advices. When [tragoydise] for first time in centre “Tonight it kisses with” his [Chr]. [Kolokotroni] had still the rugs and the carpets in the shoulders. There it knew the megatheriums [Pagioymtzi], [Mpelloy] and [Aki] [Panoy]. The money that it took did not reach for “piratical” and thus the [ximeroma] turned in house with the legs. Little later it would have for his personal driver [Stelio] [Tsonidi] and it would buy a [polytelestato] black [Pezo]. In the Columbia had him goes the gipsy [mpoyzoyxis] [Anestos] Athanassios, what was important virtuoso and had collaborated with big artists: [Stelio] [Kazantzidi], Vasilis [Tsitsani], Nikos [Goynari], Keti [Gkrey], Banner [Gabala], [Giota] [Lydia] Mr a. Athanassios that was also [exadelfos] his, knowing his passion for the song it wanted it helps him. Good constitution gave also [Karapatakis], [Karanikolas], [Derbeniotis]. Unfortunately the first attempts and impressions that it left were not satisfactory. Was also the [tsigganiki] origin big obstacle in order to it becomes acceptable and it is established in the discography.
And suddenly it came out “[Magkala]” his [Attalidi], that [kateplixe] the world and thanks to this was established [Aggelopoylos]. This strange song with the [anatolitiki] melody and the Indian name was wedded unique with his flexible, sweet and “[anarchi]” voice and competed [epaxia] “[Mantoympala]” [Kazantzidi] that her sales touched upon the 100.000 copies. From there and later the successes fell as hail. «[Farinta]”, “Moon [chlomo]”, “When sleeps the [dystychis]”, “Grieved letter”, “You go up in my table”, “As god [I] love you”, “As long as you deserve you”, “Danger death”, “Letters you send to me”, “You throw in the glass [farmaki]”, “Good chance”, “[gkriniara]”, “[Manolia]”, “To the mountains do not go the pains”, “A lot of women knew”, “the child of sin”, “[Bana]” and so much other songs are from the most important and commercial moments of discography in the 45 turns.
[Aggelopoylos] made “[mpam]” because the freshness of her his voice and unique plaintive [ichochroma] with the [anatolitiki] lustfulness they liked in the world, that loved him and him worshipped. Few months afterwards the circulation “[Magkalas]”, shops were lented for their eave this exotic Indian name - as it happened also with “[Mantoympala]” - and girls “good” but also other of least “[agnon] morals”, fell on him as the bees in the honey. [Aggelopoylos] litteraly [fygadeyotan] from the theatres, the cinemas, the [panigyria] and centres. “'Where it was presented stopped the circulation” said to me the virtuoso of [mpoyzoykioy] [Stelios] [Bambakaris]. “Never popular singer was not loved so much by the woman's cloth sex as long as [Aggelopoylos]” supplements the popular author Nikos [Karanikolas]. Made me big impression the make that the all artists with which occasionally I have spoken and it has discussed for various subjects that concern the song and his protagonists, were expressed with [egkomiastika] reasons for the talent, the value and his character. Nor one [xestomise] malice conversation, complaint, irony… And however [Aggelopoylos] from the beginning until his end [karieras] accepted contemptuous comments on the origin but also his repertory. [Stampa] “[gyftoy]” [spilone] with sneer his each step. The “sovereign” however appears in the difficult moments and [Aggelopoylos] never did not hide and did not deny his origin. Equally equally you appear him by all means, [fersimo] and song, as his personal dramas: “The gipsy”, “the song of gipsy”, “Gipsy I will die”, “ we will be wedded my love”, “I love [Annoyla]”. Strange it is that the world corresponded in the calls this his and curious songs became successes. In those that perhaps answer “other years, other seasons…” I will remind most recent “[Emena] with it nourished gipsy milk and is free as the birds”. The talent is not explained with reasons.
“I love [Annoyla]”
His bond with Anna [Basileioy], in the first years the '60, it was the scandal of season. The gipsies with their strict moral and unwritten laws did not want their hero it is wedded somebody where you do not belong in their race. The magazines filled daily with gossips: it took him, they were stolen, they separated… [Derbeniotis] it wrote [thryliko]: “My Mum, sweet [manoyla]/I love [Annoyla]/[stenachoriesai] mum if I am not wedded gipsy”. With [Annoyla] [Aggelopoylos] created one from the more popular popular duets. Together [tragoydisan] in [Ntelis], in Piraeus, in [Mantoympala], in the White Earth, in Turkey, in Canada, in Australia… With [Annoyla] they acquired three children and afterwards were wedded.
[Aggelopoylos] was one from the artists that were also worshipped in the abroad. It travelled almost in all lengths and widths of ground. Even today his songs in Israel, in Egypt, Turkey and the Arabic world realise satisfactory sales.
[Aggelopoylos] collaborated closely with [Giota] [Lydia] in [Magkala], in their Keratsini, with [mpoyzoykia] [Karanikola], [Mpithikotsi], [Layka] and in the Green Mill (was renamed in Six brothers and [Mantoympala]), with [mpoyzoykia] their [Argyri] [Bambakari], Yannis [Palaiologoy], [Stelio] [Bambakari], but also in the discography as duet (“As god [I] love you”, “You come [gyfto] my you come” Mr a.). [Lydia] makes also him [segonta] and in [thryliki] “[Magkala]». Brilliant collaborations were also these with Keti [Gkrey] in “You go up in my table of” [Mpakali] - [Birboy] but also in the centre [Rosiniol], in [Treis] Bridges. Also with Very [Panoy] in “Sad [Nargkis]” that [Mpakalis] was inspired by famous then in our country Indian actor.
In [Falirikon], [Margomenoy], in [Tzitzifies], [Aggelopoylos] had it still goes in 1957, insignificant, in order to it hears [Kazantzidi]. Of course “it ate” the income from two carpets that it had sold. That would imagine then that few years later [tragoydoyse] there a lot of seasons, as their first name, next to [Tsitsani], [Mitsaki], [Chrysafi], [Papadaki], [Chatziantonioy], [Eystathioy], [Rena] [Ntalma], [Charoyla] [Lampraki], Vasilis [Basileiadi]. In the same centre it left season and his collaboration with Vangelis [Perpiniadi].
As long as they passed the years the voice burdened, it matured… The courses of schoolteachers -[Attalidi], [Derbenioti], [Kolokotroni], [Karapataki], [Karanikola], [Mitsaki], [Layka], [Mpakali], [Kaldara], [Chioti], [Tsitsani]- anymore they had shaped his explanatory seal. Certain songs that it made with more “[entechna]” characteristically with [Pitsiladi] (“I do not have balcony ΄[rthei] swallow” in verses of Happiness [Papagiannopoyloy]), the Wise man (“When you will leave from [mena] where all”, “the love”), [Karapataki] (“The my passing charms” in verses '[Aggeloy] Attic) but also his own creations as “the street”, proved that it could move itself with comfort and mastery in the all types of Greek song. And be [krima] that this talent that it had it was not developed as long as it should why [[ό]], what it put in his mouth became “[chrysafi]”.
The streets of however song became more “[entechnoi]” and more “[emporikobiomichanikoi]». Front in a “Big gipsy” even the marketing raises [amichana] the hands tall. [Aggelopoylos] leaves from the Columbia in 1967. [Ichografei] in [Benteta] and Everything [Box] (later [Mioysik] [Mpox] and today [MBI]). It again collaborates with [Chioti] little before the end of big virtuoso of also author. [Aggelopoylos] “found balcony ΄[rthei] swallow to build nest”. It remained in his old, beloved neighborhoods that him it knew also him they knew well… “the my passing charms, courtyards [chortariasmenes]”… With “his heart [trechantiri]” remained in the bastions, made again [soyxe]: “In the Cape”, “ Your friendship is fire”, “the mum [Toyrka]”, “In I seek”, “My Loves passerbies”, “your black eyes”, “the refugee”, “Who God”, “Took fire Squids”, “I [trelathika]”, “Gipsy milk” Mr a. [Epanektelese] again his big moments, [ellinopoiise] his songs difficult [Ampntel] [Chalim] [Chafez], her [Fairoyz], her [Oym] [Kalsoym], his [Orchan] [Gketzempai] and put his indelible [fardia] - wide signature in “Double-faced”, in “He is [eytychis] the person”, “[Mes]' Penteli the mountains” and in “Five Greeks in [Adi]” where his interpretation is insuperable. It went and to [Lykabitto] and it was glad him a lot. Certain other no…
Before the end
In better his it returned in the Columbia, the season where [Kazantzidis] it was found “In the street of return” in [Minos], after 12 years of [diskografikis] silence. With his first - and unfortunately last disk of 33 turns it retook the sceptres of “Sovereign” with his own way: “Greek I am [Anatolitis]” and “When you dance my eyes” as “[Bardaris]” you say me “What I make in order to you I keep” and I extinguish [groysoyziki] “Pencil” that wrote “[barethike] my soul” after “a love, a flame, a fire” made “Thousand pieces” the “Children of Paradise”. So much successes and so much collaborations - with [Nikolopoylo], [Bardi], Takis [Soyka], [Chapsiadi], [Zerba], [Kampoyridi], [Spyropoyloy]- in one only disk.
The first time where I met him I was 11 years. The season of Refugee, then that made [chalasmo] with “your black eyes”. I found itself in the [piso] seat [Fornt] [Taoyns] and I waited for we put him petrol pump attendant, in his [Mamidaki], in Saint Barbara. White [Mersentes] it stopped in by my. I saw white [flokates], [chaimalia] that embelished him. It opened the door and it came out outside… Sovereign right with his far hair, his his his mustache, leather [kaparntina], [pompodi] [fersimata]. Άνοιξε πλατιά τα χέρια του κι αγκάλιασε τον πατέρα μου. Him I heard it shouts [anamesa] [st]' other of “Nikolas, [re] Nikolas, your son [ein]' this [re]; ” When it caressed me [psilosa] a lot. I knew him well [Aggelopoylo] in from fabulous, for my children's soul, narrations of my father. Him I knew good means from the fractures of his voice, his unique yodels, the steps and the sighs in from the disks in [tzoyk] [mpox], in the “suitcase” [pik]- [ap], the fat cassettes the 8 track in the tape player of car, small green piratical in small Sanyo... Few years later, to the years of Lyceum, I went to near [Ermi], to the refreshment stand, to [Aigaleo] and I lively saw anymore those that filled [aftia] and my soul. I was dazzled by the force and the magic of his voice. There in “better his” I went to the Dream, to the National Road, in order to I hear him. With my I had certain friends that them already I had initiated in holy and [osia] the popular song. In the shop found itself also the Turkish artist [Kioytsoyk] [Emprach] - somehow thus they said him, that then had big [perasi], as the Turkish videofilms, in our homeland and it would give a concert in the ground of New Philadelphia. After came also out [tragoydise] [Charoyla] [Lampraki], they requested the Turkish artist to go up in the dance floor. In point of fact the young singer stole the representation and caused storm of enthusiasm. After this came the line of [Aggelopoyloy]. I have the impression that the “Sovereign” was stirred, him took patriotically the question, and wanted he puts the things in their place, he shows who makes [koymanto] and he is the boss in his house. Serious, [kolaristos], dressed in the “[kantini] and in the pen” it pulled “his pencil” and erased [[ό]], what existed before, earlier. Took the courage and went down the narrow steps in the backstages. [Mes]' general [chamo] I found itself at some time [dipla] him. I explained to him who I am, me it embraced, me it kissed, with [malose] that his him I said earlier, and my ΄[dose] [chairetismata] his stressing: “You know how much years you go me now [piso] brother? ” The other day [xanapiga]. We sate in the [piso] tables. In [tzalkantza] it cut to us his eye. After little the waiter brought one still bottle whisky “from the gentleman [Aggelopoylo]». When it finished the program it came also us it greeted. I went to the Dream 6-7[fores] the one afterwards the other. [Emoiaze] as dream for [mena]… I heard that it stopped his appearances because it faced problems with his health. [Stenachorethika]. The father learned to me from his relatives for his travel in England, “a usual intervention”…
A book for the “sovereign”
[Chronia] now I carry in in the brain the voice and the figure of [Aggelopoyloy]. [Melagcholo], [nostalgo] and [mageyomai] with the songs and his interpretations. I was glad when I heard Nikos [Ziogala] [tragoyda] for “[mpases] Manolis” in “[Ach] that hurts me”. Through student [thrania] in Kozani, in Chalcis and in Bologna Italy with sorrow I realised that the newer generation does not know the value and his work. Many know him through “Pencil” and other [apostrefontai] because they are “[gyftos]”. It wants fight until you explain the history, until “you cook” they hear the songs that they love and know without… they know the popular singer Manolis [Aggelopoylo]. Finally [stenachoriomoyn] that I did not also hear I did not read anymore his name. It was forgotten as [Gabalas], [Kolokotronis], [Karapatakis], [Laykas], [Tzoyanakos], [Chrysinis]... In a season where live [thryloi] enter on the fringe ([Perpiniadis], [Zagoraios], [Lydia], Very [Panoy], [Gkrey], [Derbeniotis] Mr a of.) musical topicality what you wait for [gi]' those that left… I wrote a book, [Apones] Powers, with object the popular song in the decade of ΄70 and removed my complaints. I took care of the biography of Vangelis [Perpiniadi] titled Before the end and I found itself in the preparatory work that of Nikos [Karanikola]. [Taso] [Karaisko] I did not know him. I had heard for the friendly tying that it had with mine, we had before given a time the hands in a social make 5-6 years and [tipot]' other. I learned from my father that it prepares something for [Aggelopoylo] and came in contact. The popular song links the persons. It spoke to me for a book “homage” to the important artist and his friend. Thus circulated the publication Manolis [Aggelopoylos] - the Big Gipsy, as I knew him… in that I had the chance I sign [moysikokallitechniki] research and the preface.
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