Papazoglou was born in the village of Durbali near Smyrna in 1896. His father worked in the trains, moving about quite a bit and the young Vangelis did not finish primary school. Instead, he learned to play a variety of musical instruments including the mandolin, the violin and the guitar. Around 1910, he joined "The Politakia" - a Smyrna ensemble run by Sideras. He worked alongside the greatest musicians in Asia Minor including Ogdhondakis, Panagiotis Tountas and Spiros Peristeris.
His best-known songs
- Κάτω στα λεμονάδικα - Down by the lemon shops
- Πέντε χρόνια δικασμένος μέσα στο Γεντί Κουλέ - 5 years sentenced in Yedi-kule prison