Dimitris Mitropanos

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Dimitris Mitropanos
Δημήτρης Μητροπάνος
Born (1948-04-02)2 April 1948
Trikala, Greece
Died 17 April 2012(2012-04-17) (aged 64)
Athens, Greece
Genres Laiko
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1964–2012

Dimitris Mitropanos (Greek: Δημήτρης Μητροπάνος) (2 April 1948 – 17 April 2012) was a Greek singer. He was renowned for his mastery of Laïkó, a Greek music style.

Biography[edit]

Mitropanos lived in his native city of Trikala in northwest Thessaly until the age of 16, beginning his musical career in 1964.

He worked with some of the best known Greek composers, such as Mikis Theodorakis,[1] Stavros Xarhakos, Giorgos Zabetas, Manos Hatzidakis, Marios Tokas, and Thanos Mikroutsikos,[2] and was one of the top performers of Greek popular music for over four decades.

Early years[edit]

From an early age, Mitropanos worked summers to help his family financially. First as a waiter in his uncle's restaurant and later at ribbon cutting wood. After the third grade of junior high, in 1964, he went to Athens to live with his uncle in the Acharnon street. Before finishing high school, he began working as a singer.

Career[edit]

At the same age, after the encouragement of Grigoris Bithikotsis, whom he met at a gathering at his uncle's company at which he sang, Mitropanos visited EMI-Lambropoulos Bros. Ltd.(EMIAL S.A.) There, Takis Lampropoulos introduced him το Giorgos Zampetas, with whom he would work alongside at "Ksimeromata." Mitropanos considered Giorgos Zampetas to be a great teacher and a second father to himself. As he stated, ' Zambetas is the only man in music who helped me without expecting anything. With all my other colleagues, I got something and I gave something in return».[citation needed] In 1966 Mitropanos met Mikis Theodorakis and sang the Party songs "Romiosini "and" Axion Esti "in a series of concerts in Greece and Cyprus.

In 1967, Mitropanos recorded his first 7" single "Thessaloniki." This followed the recording of "Chameni Paschalia", a song that was censored by the Greek military junta and thus never released.

In a course mapped out by folk art music, 1972 is a milestone. The composer Dimos Moutsis and the lyricist and poet Manos Eleftheriou released "Agios Fevrouarios" with Mitropanos and Petris Salpeas as the song's performers, marking a milestone in Greek music. In July 1999, Mitropanos and Moutsis met again on stage at the "Odeon" with Dimitra Galani and the soprano Julia Souglakou for two nights at the Athens Festival. The concerts were recorded live and released in a double CD two months later. George Katsaros's "The Road to Kythera" and Giorgos Hatzinasios's "Ta Sinaxaria" follow suit, projects of high quality with a high profile in Greek society. Ta Ladadika, Parea Me ena Ilio Marios Tokas.

In a long career in the Greek music industry, Dimitris Mitropanos collaborated with leading artists of the Laïko and Éntekhno music. Giorgos Zampetas, Mikis Theodorakis, Dimos Moutsis, Apostolos Kaldaras, Takis Mousafiris, Christos Nikolopoulos ("Pare Apofaseis" with lyrics by Lefteris Papadopoulos), Yannis Spanos were composers with whom Mitropanos collaborated, building a career intertwined with the Laïko tradition, until the late 1980s.

North American Tour (2010)[edit]

Mitropanos performed a North American Tour for the first time in 13 years since his last visit to the United States. During his tour, he performed a concert on July 1, 2010 at Radio City Music Hall[3] in front of a near capacity crowd. He performed many of his famous songs that had been written in the earlier stages of his career as well as more recent songs which continue to be popular among Greeks, such as "Ρόζα," "Πάντα γελαστοί,"Tα Λαδαδικα," and many more. It was at this concert that he was accompanied by the Greek folk singer Margarita Zorbala, whose music is well known in their mutual homeland. Mitropanos concluded his concert with a passionate performance of his famous song "Αλίμονο," with all in attendance giving him a standing ovation as he walked off the stage. As is commonplace among Greeks to show appreciation for a singer's performance at the conclusion of a concert, chants of "kialo" followed, meaning "more."

Following his performance at Radio City, Mitropanos cancelled the remainder of his North American tour. Greek news outlets such as ERT reported that Mitropanos was apparently ill and could not finish his tour.[4]

Death[edit]

On 17 April 2012, Mitropanos was rushed to the Igia Athens hospital after he suffered a heart attack earlier that morning. He had insomnia and showed signs of a pulmonary edema, from which he died of later on that day. He was buried in First Cemetery of Athens, not far from the singer Rita Sakellariou. Mitropanos was survived by his two daughters and his wife, Venia.[5] Mitropanos instructed his family not to accept a state funeral if it was offered. It was indeed offered and his family declined the offer and covered the costs of the funeral themselves.

Notable songs[edit]

  • Πες μου πού πουλάν καρδιές
  • Κυρά ζωή
  • Άλλος για Χίο τράβηξε κι άλλος για Μυτιλήνη
  • Σ'αναζητώ στη Σαλονίκη (S'anazito sti Saloniki [Searching for you in salonika])
  • Η Ρόζα (I Roza [Rose])
  • Tα Λαδάδικα (Ta Ladadika [The greasy sites])
  • Έρχονται βράδια (Erhonte vradia [Some nights come])
  • Πάντα γελαστοί (Panta gelastoi [Always smiling])
  • Σβήσε το φεγγάρι (svise to feggari [Switch off the moon])
  • Αλίμονο ("Alimono" ["Alas"])
  • Για να σ' εκδικηθώ
  • Δώσε μου φωτιά ("Dose mou fotia" ["Give me fire"])
  • Τι το θες το κουταλακι ("Tee to thes to koutalaki" ["What'd you need the spoon for?"])

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Theodorakis Concert Calendar 98". Mikis-theodorakis.net. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Stou aiona tin paraga, Thanos Mikroutsikos - Dimitris Mitropanos - Nikos Xilouris official store". Xilouris.gr. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Radio City Music Hall Dimitris Mitropanos Information 07/01/10 (NY Metro Parents Magazine)". Nymetroparents.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  4. ^ Danaktsis, Kiki (6 July 2010). "Concerts of Mitropanos cancelled because of health problems". greekreporter.com. Greek Reporter. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Singer Dimitris Mitropanos, 64, dies". ekathimerini.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17.