Dionysis Savvopoulos

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Dionysis Savvopoulos, 2007.

Dionysis Savvopoulos (Greek: Διονύσης Σαββόπουλος) (born 2 December 1944) is a prominent Greek music composer, lyricist, and singer.[1]

Career[edit]

Savvopoulos was born in the city of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. In 1963, he moved to Athens, dropping out of his law studies in the Aristotle University in order to concentrate on music making.[2]

He met great success since his early days as a musician and soon became very popular in Greece, but also abroad. Ηe mixed American musicians like Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa with Macedonian folk music and politically incisive lyrics.

Savvopoulos has been noted for being politically active throughout his career in music. In 1967, Savvopoulos was imprisoned 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 CD "The Millennium"). Throughout his career, he has sung Greek rock, Laïko (people's music) and Rebetika.

Personal life[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1966 Fortigho (Φορτηγό; Truck)
  • 1969 To perivoli tou trelou (Το περιβόλι του τρελού; Τhe Fool's Garden)
  • 1970 Ballos (Μπάλλος)
  • 1972 Vromiko psomi (Βρόμικο ψωμί; Dirty Bread)
  • 1975 Deka chronia kommatia (Δέκα χρόνια κομμάτια; Ten Years' Pieces)
  • 1976 Happy day, soundtrack for the eponymous film by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 1977 Acharnaes (Αχαρνείς, Ο Αριστοφάνης που γύρισε από τα θυμαράκια; Acharneis, Aristophanes who came back from the dead)
  • 1979 Rezerva (Η Ρεζέρβα; The Spare)
  • 1983 Trapezakia exo (Τραπεζάκια έξω; Tables Out)
  • 1989 To kourema (Το κούρεμα; The haircut)
  • 1994 Mi petaxis tipota (Μη πετάξεις τίποτα; Don't Throw Away Nothing)
  • 1996 Parartima A (Παράρτημα Α'; Appendix A)
  • 1997 To xenodochio (Το ξενοδοχείο; The Hotel)
  • 1999 O chronopios (Ο Xρονοποιός; The time-maker)
  • 2008 O Samanos (Ο Σαμάνος; The Shaman), with Thanassis Papakonstantinou

Live recordings[edit]

  • 1983 Ikosi chronia dromos (Είκοσι χρόνια δρόμος: ζωντανές ηχογραφήσεις; 20 years' Road: Live Recordings)
  • 1988 O kyrios Savvopoulos efcharisti ton kyrio Hadjidaki kai tha 'rthi opposdipote (Ο κύριος Σαββόπουλος ευχαριστεί τον κύριο Χατζιδάκι και θα 'ρθει όπωσδηποτε; Mr. Savvopoulos Thanks Mr. Hadjidakis And Will Definitely Attend)
  • 1990 Anadromi 63-89 (Αναδρομή 63-89; Retrospective 63-89)
  • 2001 Savvorama (Σαββόραμα)
  • 2007 O pyrinas (Ο πυρήνας; The Nucleus)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sykka, Iota (16 October 2002). "Savvopoulos and Papazoglou party". Kathimerini. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Dionysis Savvopoulos biograpphy, MusicCorner website (in Greek)

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