The popular Greek singer Yannis Kalatzis, famous especially during the 60s and the 70s has died at the age of 74.
Yannis Kalatzis was born in Thessaloniki in 1943 and his career as a singer began in the early 1960s when he was a member of Trio Moreno in Thessaloniki. Later he settled in Athens and made his first major collaboration with composer Giorgos Mitsakis.
His rise to fame happened after he began collaborating with some of the most famous Greek composers: Manos Loizos, Mimis Plessas, Stavros Kougioumtzis, Giorgos Katsaros, Yannis Spanos and Tolis Voskopoulos.
He has also participated in music records of many other famous Greek pop singers, such as Giorgos Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Yannis Parios, Mariza Koch and Litsa Diamanti.
During the 1970s he collaborated with composer Nikos Karvelas while in 1981 he released a record with songs by Tolis Voskopoulos.
He retired from his singing career in 1984, but in 1985 he took part in a concert dedicated to Manos Loizos.
Kalatzis is considered one of the best singers of the time and his songs have been performed by many artists of the younger generation.