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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Love Her – Raining Pleasure – Manos Hadjidakis

Raining Pleasure sing Love her, a Greek song written by Manos Hadjidakis. Love her is one of the most known songs composed by Manos Hadjidakis and Raining Pleasure included the song in their album called Reflections, released in 2005. Raining … Read more

Hartino to feggaraki – Melina Mercouri

Melina Mercouri sings Hartino to feggaraki, a Greek song which means “Paper Moon” in English. It is one of the most famous songs sung by Melina Mercouri, composed by her beloved friend, the legendary Manos Hadjidakis. Hartino to feggaraki is … Read more

Eimai aitos horis ftera – Grigoris Bithikotsis

Grigoris Bithikotsis sings Eimai aitos horis ftera, a popular and highly appreciated Greek song that translates to ” I am an Eagle without wings”. Grigoris Bithikotsis sings one of the most significant songs in Greek Music, a one of the … Read more

Min ton rotas ton ourano – Jenny Karezi

Jenny Karezi sings “Min ton rotas ton ourano“, a popular Greek song which means “Don’t ask the sky”. The song Min ton rotas ton ourano was composed by Manos Hadjidakis and is one of the most beloved songs ever played … Read more

Never on Sunday – Melina Mercouri

Never on Sunday, or as it is mostly known in Greek “Ta Paidia tou Pirea” which translates in English as “Children of Piraeus” , is a very popular Greek song sung by Melina Mercouri in the homonym movie. Never on … Read more

Athina – Nana Mouskouri

Nana Mouskouri sings “Athina” a Greek song dedicated to the beautiful capital of Greece, Athens. There is that specific and deep love that you carry wherever you go – love for the streets you walked up and down million times, … Read more

Manos Hadjidakis

Gifted, melancholic, sensitive, wonderful… Manos Hadjidakis has marked Greek Music and Discography with his work, leaving a huge legacy behind him. He was one of the most important Greek Composers, the most romantic and soul – touching according to many … Read more

Agapi pou gines – Melina Mercouri

Melina Mercouri sings “Agapi pou ‘gines dikopo mahairi”, a Greek song meaning “Love, turned into a double-edged dagger”. The song was performed in the Greek movie “Stella”, one of the most characteristic movies in Melina’s career. “Agapi pou ‘gines” is … Read more