Great Greek singer Poly Panou, 73, passes away after battle with cancer

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One of the greatest voices of Greece, one of the grande dames of Greek popular music, Poly Panou passed away on Friday losing a long battle against cancer. She was 73 years old.

Her songs and her original voice made her one of the best Greeks female singers. Every song was a hit and was sung at family gatherings and festive occasions. Poly Panou sang songs that remained popular in several generations.

Video: “Τί σου ‘κάνα και πίνεις” one of biggest success “What did I do to you and now you drink”. Poly Panou sang the original version of this popular song by composer Mimis Plessas and lyricist Lefteris Papadopoulos in the film “Olga, agapi mou” (Olga, my love) in 1968.

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Poly Panou was born in Athens on 28th October 1940. Her real name was Polytimi Koliopanoy but she was named Poly Panou by another great Greek singer Grigoris Bithikotsis. She started her career in the late 50’s and reached her peak in the 60’s and 70’s.

Video: “Πάρε το δαχτυλίδι μου” (Τake my ring) music/lyrics Giorgos Mitsakis

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Poly Panou was the first who sung the famous “Children of Piraeus” which later became internationally known by Melina Merkouri and the film “Never on Sunday”.

Video: “Τα λιμάνια” (the ports – the ship will sail for foreign ports) music/lyrics Vasilis Tsitsanis

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Poly Panou, a real rebetissa of modern times. Her songs where later sung by other singers but nobody could beat the characteristic voice and technique of Poly Panou.

Video “Σβήσε το φως να κοιμηθούμε” (Τurn the light off so we sleep – and don’t complain about jealousy) music: Papaioannou/lyrics: Vasilieadis

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Poly Panou sings famous “Το δίχτυ” (The net) in at a concert in 1988. Music:Xarhakos/lyrics: Gatsos

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Rest in Peace, Poly!