Vangelis Perpiniadis

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A younger Vangelis Perpiniadis
A young Vangelis with friends in 1942 photo
Elli Gika, Vangelis Perpiniadis, Nitsa Antonatou, Stratos Dionysiou in 1962

Vangelis Perpiniadis was a Greek singer and composer of laika music.

He was born on September 1, 1927, the son of Rebetiko singer Stellakis Perpiniadis. His childhood was spent in the poor Piraeus suburb of Nikaia better known as Kokkinia where he was a choir boy for the local church.

His big break came in 1947 when he was discovered by Mimis Traiforos a composer and husband of the great singer Sophia Vembo. Perpiniadis sang as a second voice until 1956 when his own recording career began with record company Odeon-Parlophon whose director was Minos Matsas. He sang songs by composers Markos Vamvakaris, Vasilis Tsitsanis, Yiannis Papaioannou, Apostolos Kaldaras and others. At that time, he also played in the cinema co-starring with actors such as Christoforos Nezer, Kakia Analyti, Despo Diamantidou, Mimis Fotopoulos and others.

From 1962 until 1968, Perpiniadis was accompanied in his songs by Ria Norma forming one of the great duets at that time.

Vangelis Perpiniadis

After that, from 1970 until 1995, he toured the US, Canada and Australia, bringing his music to the Greek immigrants in those countries. Perpiniadis would also sing at various villages during local holidays and celebrations.

He passed away on May 11, 2003 after a battle with cancer.

His songs

  • Ανεβαίνω σκαλοπάτια
  • Τα νέα της Αλεξάνδρας
  • Ο κούκλος κι η κούκλα
  • Γύρισε κοντά μου
  • Πιο μακριά κι απ' τον ήλιο
  • The song of Olympiakos
  • Δεν έχω παλάτια και λεφτά
  • Γιατί γλυκιά μου κλαις

His films

  • Άγγελοι του πεζοδρομίου
  • Συγχώρεσέ με, αγάπη μου
  • Αστέρια στο βούρκο
  • Ζητείται τίμιος