In 1934, Vamvakaris' first record was produced, Na 'Rchosouna Re Magka Mou (Να 'ρχόσουνα ρε μάγκα ). In the period shortly before Second World War, he wrote "Frangosyriani" (Φραγγοσυριανή), which was so popular that it consolidated his fame and made him a respected musician.
During the 1950s, initiatives from Tsitsanis, saw old and new songs by Vamvakaris being produced and reproduced, often sung by famous artists including Grigoris Bithikotsis, Stratos Dionysiou, etc. During this time, Vamvakaris' popularity, and the general popularity and acceptability of rebetiko had greatly increased, with a new middle-class audience, which previously shunned the outcast genre. Vamvakaris died on February 8, 1972 at the age of 67.
Greece’s most innovative post-war songwriters — including Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Loizos, Stavros Xarchakos and Christos Leontis — have all credited Markos as having influenced their work greatly. Yet, Markos remained a humble giant until the very end.
- Stelios Vamvakaris - son of Markos Vamvakaris