Dionysiou Stratos

Dionysiou was born on November 8, 1935 in Nigrita, Serres. Dionysiou was the son of Angelos and Stasa Dionysiou, refugees from Asia Minor. In 1947, he moved to Eptalofos in Ampelokipi, Thessaloniki. A year later, his father passed away. In 1955 he married his childhood sweetheart, Georgia Laveni, with whom he had four children: Angelos, Tassoula, Stelios and Diamantis.

After singing unpaid in nightclubs and working as a peddler and tailor, Dionysiou made his debut as a professional singer in the Farinda center of Thessaloniki. From his first appearances in 1959, Dionysiou attracted the interest of some artists, who urged him to go down to Athens to make more important collaborations.

Although Dionysiou had great financial difficulties, in 1959 he moved to Athens, a few months after his first appearance in Thessaloniki. Through appearances on Satovriandou Street, he met many singers, including Katie Gray. Gray suggested that they work together and so they started appearing together in Asteras tis Kokkinias. In the same year, Dionysiou recorded his first 45 rpm album with the song I’m not guilty with lyrics by Christos Kolokotronis and music by Stavros Hatzidakis.

He had recorded on a record of Nikos Mavros the song Parages and palaces for the company Odeon. Three years later he signed a contract with Columbia.

She sang Babis Bakalis’ cover of “Nobody Hurt Me”, inspired by the Indian song Duniya mein hum aaye hain by Nargish. Another cover he sang is that of Babis Bakalis called My love the album, the Electrophone and Fyge-Fyge in music by Attalidis and lyrics by Costas Virvou. He also made adaptations of the songs: Aharisti by Vassilis Tsitsanis, To Paliogefyro and Before the dawn, songs by Giannis Papaioannou, I Babessa by Giorgos Mitsakis and To Ptochobouzouko by Manolis Chiotis. Then, Dionysiou renewed his cooperation with Columbia.

In 1967 he met and began collaborating with the composer Akis Panou. Panou gave him songs that became hits, such as: And what do I not do, Why good neighbor, The laughing stock of the world, Let it go, I told you well, At the Munich station, I will throw rose sugar, It was fake, A woman and Bring the child of grace.

The SOU-MOU store where he appeared was a second name, a partner of Anthoula Alifragki. In the same shop, Mimis Plessas listened to him and after two months he wrote the song It is raining fire in my army with lyrics by Lefteris Papadopoulos. The song was written for the movie Visibility Zero (1970).

Then, Dionysiou released the successful songs O paliatzis, Baglamades and bouzouki, A beggar was demolished, My love is dangerous and Afilotimi.

In the early 1970s, Dionysiou collaborated with Haroula Alexiou, with Lizeta Nikolaou and Sophie Pappas in the second voices.

In 1973 he sang the song “Aide pou to pas u pou fernes”, to music by Mimi Plessa, in the film Finos Film O fantasmenos. In the same year he was imprisoned for possession of a weapon and hashish found in his car. He claimed that it was a conspiracy of competitors. He was released in the spring of 1976. At this point in his life, he was greatly supported by his colleague and friend, Tolis Voskopoulos, who in 1977 wrote the song I fell asleep.

She collaborated for 11 years with Giannis Parios, whose vocal abilities she realized. The first song of Paris sung by Dionysiou was the Minor Complaint, with music by Thanasis Polykandriotis, released in 1976.

From 1980 to the summer of 1989, followed a collaboration with Marina Vlachaki, and most recently with Kiki Louka. Dionysiou had planned but reappeared with Vlachaki in Thessaloniki and Turkey.

In the 1980s, Dionysiou made the hits “You are pretending”, “You got it all”, “And say-say”, “Listen and find a friend”, “People want a song”, “Salonikios”, “He killed me because he I loved “,” I am the stranger “,” A minute kiosks “,” Remember “,” The woman’s heart “,” The taxi driver “,” And then alone “and others. He also collaborated with Takis Mousafiris, Thanassis Polykandriotis, Giannis Parios, Alekos Chrysovergis, Spyros Giatras, Takis Soukas, Spyros Papavassiliou, Christos Nikolopoulos and Lefteris Papadopoulos.

On May 10, 1990, he opened the nightclub called Stratos on Filellinon Street.

Takis Soukas has stated about Dionysiou that “he is the only singer who has never lost his tone, not even once in so many years!”. Lefteris Papadopoulos has mentioned the robustness of his voice.

The tomb of Dionysios in the First Cemetery of Athens.

Dionysiou died on May 11, 1990, at the age of 55, from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. His funeral took place in the First Cemetery of Athens. Dionysiou had promised that he would sing until his last night. Indeed, a few hours before he breathed his last, he was singing at the Stratos store, while earlier that afternoon, he recorded 9 songs for the album Who Else that was released a month after his death, setting a sales record. According to the lyricist Takis Mousafiris, the last song he recorded that day was “Do not leave me alone.

Of the four children of Stratos, Angelos and Stelios Dionysiou are also singers. Tasoula Dionysiou passed away in April 2012 at the age of 53, while the fourth child, Diamantis Dionysiou, began his artistic career in the winter of 2007 in the centers of Athens.