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Singer and Composer Spyros Zagoraios passed away at 86

One of the most authentic voices of Greek urban folk music, Spyros Zagoraios passed away at the age of 86.  He was a singer, a song writer, composer and instrument player although he had lost his left arm at the age of 13.

Spyros Zagoraios was born in Agios Artmios in Pangrati suburb of Athens on 23 June 1928.

At the age of 13, he lost his left arm in an accident when a grenade exploded in his school bag. According to Zagoraios, he had found the grenade in a yard and he had thought to be an ink container. He put it in his school bag and took the way home, when the grenade exploded. At that time Greece was under the Nazi occupation.

The loss of his arm had Zagoraios experience ‘racism’ against people with invalidity. He had said once that his colleagues in the music world used to call him “the limp”.

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Spyros Zagoraios began his career in 1952 in Athens and later moved to Thessaloniki. In the early 1960s he began to accompany his wife Zoe in singing. Spyros and Zoe were one of the most famous popular folk song duets.

He performed many concerts in Greece and abroad for the Diaspora Greeks. 

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Until almost the last years of his life he kept his artistic activity in Egaleo suburb of Piraeus, where he lived. He died at age 86 on October 20, 2014.

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