Great Rebetico Singer Spyros Zagoraios Passes at 86

zagoraiosThe great Greek singer, songwriter and composer Spyros Zagoraios has died at the age of 86.

Spyros Zagoraios was born in 1928 in the neighborhood of Gouva in the Pangrati area of Athens. At the age of 15, he lost his arm when a grenade exploded while he was playing with his classmates in Agia Paraskevi.

He began his singing career in Athens in 1952 before moving to Thessaloniki. In the early 1960s, his wife Zoe started singing alongside him, the start of one of the most famous “rebetico” duets in Greek history.

Throughout his carreer he collaborated with many great Greek singers and composers. For decades his songs were leading hits throughout Greece.

Music was his entire life, he once said in an interview. “I like to sing, my whole life is singing. Even when I walk around I whistle.”

Later in life he sang at his own stage in Aegaleo – named “Entelamagken” after one of his greatest hits.