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Manos Loïzos (Μάνος Λοΐζος, also transliterated as Loizos and Loisos) was considered to be one of the most important Greekmarker music composers of the 20th century.

Biography

He was born on 22 October 1937 in the small village of Ayious Vavatsinias, in the district of Larnacamarker, Cyprusmarker. His family then moved to Alexandriamarker, Egyptmarker in search of a better life. He moved to Athensmarker at the age of 17 for university studies in pharmacology but soon gave up to concentrate on his musical career. He was a self-taught musician, with no formal musical arts training. His first recordings started in 1963 but he started gaining widespread popularity in 1967.

He died on 17 September 1982 in a hospital in Moscowmarker, Soviet Unionmarker. He was well known for his leftist political ideology and was an outspoken critic of the Greek military junta. He was also an active member of the Greek Communist Party. The year 2007 was declared the Manos Loizos year in Greece.

Discography

He composed many well-known Greek songs and has co-operated with various important composers, singers and lyricists like Mikis Theodorakis, Haris Alexiou, George Dalaras, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Christos Leontis, Fondas Ladis, Yannis Negrepontis, Manolis Rassoulis, Giannis Kalatzis, Nazim Hikmet and many others. His best known co-operation was with his very personal friend, lyricist Lefteris Papadopoulos who wrote the lyrics of many of Loizos' most successful hits.

Some of Loizos' most famous songs are :

- Ola se thymizoun 'Lyrics: Manolis Rassoulis

- JamaicaLyrics: Lefteris Papadopoulos

- S' AkolouthoLyrics: himself

- To AkordeonLyrics: Yannis Negrepontis

- O Dromos 'Lyrics: Kostoula Mitropoulos

- Che (dedicated to Che Guevara)Lyrics: himself

- Ah Helidoni muLyrics: Lefteris Papadopoulos

- De tha xanagapiso 'Lyrics: Lefteris Papadopoulos

- Paporaki tou BurnovaLyrics: Lefteris Papadopoulos

- O Koutalianos 'Lyrics: Lefteris Papadopoulos

- Evdokia (Instrumental Zeibekiko)

In 1985, a big concert dedicated to his memory took place in the Athens Olympic Stadiummarker, attended by more than 50,000 people. Manos Loizos' songs and music remain popular until today among all ages of the Greek society.

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