Tag Archives | Hadjidakis

The 300 Spartans - Soundtrack by Manos Hadjidakis

Manos Hadjidakis composed the music for the motion picture "The 300 Spartans" that was released in 1962. The movie presents the true story of the fight of the 300 Spartans and their King Leonidas against the army of at least 300,000 Persians that wanted to invade Greece. The heroism of the 300 Spartans and their […]

When Manos Hadjidakis refused the Oscar...

Few people actually know that Manos Hadjidakis refused the Oscar Award in 1960. We all know that Hadjidakis got the Academy Award for the music of the movie "Never on Sunday", but few people know that he refused to accept it. The homonym song, Ta paidia tou Peiraia is one of the most popular songs […]

Hasapiko 40 or Ilie mou vasilia mou

Dimitra Galani sings hasapiko 40, a Greek song which translates to Hasapiko Dance, number 40. Hasapiko 40 is also known as "Ilie mou vasilia mou" (My sun, my king) from the first verse of the lyrics of the song. Hasapiko 40 is a song composed by Manos Hadjidakis, and has a rather interesting story. First […]

In the Cool of the Day - Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole sings "In the Cool of the Day", a very well known song that was heard in the homonym movie of 1963. What does "In the cool of the day" have to do with Greek songs and Greek music? Well, let's say that we will have a small tribute to famous Greek songs […]

Noble Dame - Elli Paspala , Raining Pleasure

Elli Paspala and the band Raining Pleasure sing the "Noble Dame" a famous Greek song written and composed by Manos Hadjidakis. Back in 2004, the band Raining Pleasure accepted a proposal made by the son of the great Greek composer, to re-release the album Reflections which was originally recorded in 1967 by Hadjidakis and the […]

Kapou iparhei i agapi mou - Nana Mouskouri

Nana Mouskouri sings Kapou iparhei i agapi mou, a very famous Greek song composed by Manos Hadjidakis, which translates to "My love must be out there somewhere". There is a long story and few gossips behind the song "Kapou iparhei i agapi mou". It was the song that made Nana Mouskouri known in Greece. She sang […]

I endekati entoli - Nana Mouskouri

Nana Mouskouri sings "I endekati entoli", a Greek song which translates to "The Eleventh Commandment". What makes the song stand out is the collaboration of three great personalities of the Greek Music: Nikos Gatsos wrote the lyrics, Manos Hadjidakis composed the music and Nana Mouskouri performed the song. What is the Eleventh Commandment really? We […]

Eho ena mistiko - Aliki Vougiouklaki

Aliki Vougiouklaki sings the song Eho ena mistiko, which means "I have a Secret". Eho ena mistiko is a Greek song composed by Manos Hadjidakis, for the movie "To ksilo vgike apo ton paradeiso" ( Slapping came from Heaven). It is the song trademark of Aliki Vougiouklaki, one of the most playful and tender songs […]

Never on Sunday - Connie Francis

Connie Francis, the famous American actress sings Never on Sunday, the legendary song written and composed by Manos Hadjidakis, in a different version than the original one from Melina Mercouri. "Never on Sunday" was written by Manos Hadjidakis originally in Greek with the title "Ta Paidia tou Peiraia" (The children of Piraeus). The original Greek […]

Pame mia volta sto feggari - Haris Alexiou

Haris Alexiou sings the song Pame mia volta sto feggari, a legendary Greek song which translates to Let's take a stroll to the moon. Pame mia volta sto feggari is composed by Manos Hadjidakis. The song Pame mia volta sto feggari was first heard in 1957 in the movie Ayupa by Greg Tallas, in an instrumental […]

zorba the greek movie with greek music

Greek Music in Movies

Greek Music in movies has been more popular abroad than most Greeks believe; in fact, many foreign movies have enhanced their story with Greek music and songs that have gained international recognition. Movies have been the perfect vehicle to make Greek Music known worldwide. Up to a point, most foreigners believed that Greek music was […]

Dedication - Raining Pleasure - Manos Hadjidakis

Raining Pleasure sing Dedication, a song composed by the unforgettable Manos Hadjidakis, who composed music and wrote some lyrics during the 70s and before. These lyrics became songs included in albums released in the US a few decades ago. Dedication is the result of the collaboration of Manos Hadjidakis with the New York Ensemble Band […]

Horos me ti skia mou - Manos Hadjidakis

Manos Hadjidakis composed the music for "Horos me ti skia mou", an amazing instrumental Greek song, which means "Dance with my shadow". The song Horos me ti skia mou was released a few decades ago, in mid 60s, in this version which we present here. A few decades later, in mid 90s, Dimitra Galani took […]

All Alone Am I - Mario Frangoulis, Lara Fabian

Mario Frangoulis and Lara Fabian sing the song All Alone Am I, which is actually a Greek song composed by Manos Hadjidakis, known as "Min Ton Rotas Ton Ourano" sung by Tzeni Karezi for the soundtrack of the film "To nisi ton geneon"  ( The Island of the Brave ). The song All Alone Am […]

Children of the Stars - Nana Mouskouri

Nana Mouskouri sings Children of the Stars, one of her most famous songs abroad; what is really interesting is that this song has been something like a trademark for Nana Mouskouri when singing abroad, but it's also one of the most known Greek songs in Greece. It is a song written and composed by Manos […]