Kokotas was born in Athens on March 23, 1937. He started singing in Paris in 1961 and broke into the Greek music scene with his great hit "Στου Όθωνα τα χρόνια" ("In the days of King Otto") in 1966. His heyday was the late 1960s and 1970s when, besides selling a large number of records, he toured the USA and appeared on American television.
Besides being a singer, Kokotas was an accomplished rally driver.
He was the father of singer Dimitris Kokotas.
- Golden Hits (1968)
- Xarchakos-Kokotas (1970)
- Days of Love (1972)
- Old Laments (1973)
- Love and I (1974)
- The Last Night (1977)
- 14 Golden Hits (1977)
- The Order and other hits (1980)
- Unforgetable Hits (1982)
- Unforgetable Hits No. 2 (1983)
- Complaining Heart (1984)
- Unpublished Songs (1985)
- Every one of my songs is for you (1987)
- Luckily, we have Dreams (1990)
- Portraits of Minos (2000)