Yiannis Papaioannou (rebetika)
Born in Kios, Asia Minor (Turk. "Gemlik"), on January 18, 1913, Yiannis Papaioannou came to Greece as a refugee when he was 9-years old. He first moved with his mother and grandmother on the island of Samothrace before settling in Piraeus. After his brief stint as a footballer came to an end as a result of an injury, Papaioannou devoted himself to songwriting.
The multi-talented Papaioannou's music varies from old-style rebetika ("Pente Ellines ston Adi", "O boufetzis"), to oriental ("Cifteteli", "Karabiberim") and even island music (Kapetan Andrea Zeppo mp3).
Although primarily a song writer, Papaioannou was also an accomplished bouzouki player whose "Taksim" remains a unique instrumental masterpiece to this day. He died in a traffic accident near Elefsina on August 3, 1972.
- I Ellada tou Yianni Papaioannou (Η Ελλάδα του Γιάννη Παπαϊωάννου)
- Yiannis Papaioannou: Ta Tragoudia tou (Γιάννης Παπαϊωάννου: Τα τραγούδια του)