Marek Grechuta

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Marek Grechuta
Born (1945-12-10)December 10, 1945
Zamość, Poland
Died October 9, 2006(2006-10-09) (aged 60)
Kraków, Poland
Genres Sung poetry, Progressive rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, pianist
Instruments Piano, Vocals
Years active 1970–2006

Marek Grechuta (December 10, 1945 Zamość, Poland - October 9, 2006 Kraków, Poland) was a Polish singer, songwriter, composer, and lyricist.


Born in Zamość, he studied architecture at Cracow University of Technology. There he met the composer Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz, with whom he founded the student cabaret Anawa in 1967. In the same year he was awarded second place in the VI National Contest of Student Musicians (VI Ogólnopolski Konkurs Piosenkarzy Studenckich) and also received an award for Tango Anawa, with lyrics by him and music by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz. In 1968 he won several awards at the Festival of Polish Music in Opole. In 1969, he played a minor role in Andrzej Wajda's film Polowanie na muchy (Hunting Flies). In 1971 he left Anawa and founded the band WIEM (W Innej Epoce Muzycznej, In a Different Musical Epoch; however wiem means I know in Polish).

Grechuta scored a large number of popular hits, with his songs often characterized by use of poetic and literary elements. He co-authored, along with P. Birula and K. Szwajgier, the music for Exodus (written by L. A. Moczulski) at the STU Theatre in Kraków (1974), and co-wrote the musical adaptation of Stanisław Witkiewicz's Szalona lokomotywa (The Crazy Locomotive) with K. Jasiński and J. K. Pawluśkiewicz in 1977. In 2003, he collaborated with the group Myslovitz and re-recorded their older song Kraków. His song Dni, których nie znamy (The Days We Don't Know Yet) is the anthem of the football club Korona Kielce.

Marek Grechuta died in 2006. He is survived by his wife Danuta (whom he married in 1970) and son Łukasz. He is buried in the Rakowicki Cemetery in Kraków.


  • 1970 Marek Grechuta & Anawa (eng. Marek Grechuta & Anawa)
  • 1971 Korowód (eng. Procession)
  • 1972 Droga za widnokres (eng. Road Beyond the Horizon)
  • 1974 Magia obłoków (eng. Magic of the Clouds)
  • 1977 Szalona lokomotywa (eng. Crazy Locomotive)
  • 1979 Pieśni M. Grechuty do słów Tadeusza Nowaka (eng. Grechuta's Songs to Tadeusz Nowak's Lyrics)
  • 1981 Śpiewające obrazy (eng. Singing Pictures)
  • 1984 W malinowym chruśniaku (eng. In the Raspberry Brushwood)
  • 1987 Wiosna – ach, to ty! (eng. Spring – Oh, It's You!)
  • 1989 Krajobraz pełen nadziei (eng. Landscape Full of Hope)
  • 1993 Jeszcze pożyjemy (eng. We Will Live)
  • 1994 Dziesięć ważnych słów (eng. Ten Important Words)
  • 1998 Serce (eng. Heart)
  • 2003 Niezwykłe miejsca (eng. Unusual Places)

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