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

After singing wages at nightclubs and working as a retailer and tailor, Dionysiou made his professional debut as a vocalist at the Farida Center in Thessaloniki. Since his first appearances in 1959, Dionysiou has attracted the interest of some artists who have urged him to come down to Athens to make more important collaborations.

Career

Although Dionyssiou had great financial difficulties, he moved to Athens in 1959, a few months after his first appearance in Thessaloniki. Through performances on Satovriandou Street, he met many singers, including Katie Gray. Gray suggested that they work together, so they started appearing together in the Star of Red. In the same year, Dionysiou also released his first 45-lap record with the song I Am Not Guilty in lyrics by Christos Kolokotronis and music by Stavrou Hatzidakis.

He had recorded on Nick's record a song "Odeon and the Palaces" by Odeon. Three years later he signed a contract with Columbia.

He sang the cover of Babi Bakalis titled Nobody Pain, inspired by the Indian song Duniya mein hum aaye hain by Nargish. Another cover she sang is that of Babi Bakalis in the name of My Love the Disc, the Electronica and the Fly-In with Atalid music and lyrics by Costa Virvos. He also composed the songs: Vassilis Tsitsanis 'Agaristi, The Old Bridge and Before the Dawn, songs by Ioannis Papaioannou, George Mitsakis Babesa and Manolis Chiotis' Pheochobouzoukos. Dionysius then renewed his partnership with Columbia.

In 1967 he met and began collaborating with composer Akis Panou. Panos gave him songs that became hits, such as: And what I don't do, Why good neighbor, Laughing at the world, Let it go, I told you well, At the Munich station, I'll throw rose sugar, It was fake, A woman and Bring the baby to the table.

The shop SOU-MOU where he was appearing was a second name, Anthula Alifraggis' partner. In the same shop he listened to Mimis Plessas and after two months he wrote the song Rain on Fire on my track in lyrics by Lefteris Papadopoulos. The song was written for the movie Visible Zero (1970).

Then, Dionysius released the successful songs The Old Man, The Baglamads and Bouzouki, An Eagle Shattered, My Love Dangerous and Unforgettable.

In the early 1970s, Dionysius collaborated with Haroula Alexiou, with Lizeta Nikolaou and Sophie Pappa in the latter voices.

In 1973 she sang the song "Here's Where You Go and Where You Get It", in music by Mimi Plessa, in her film Finno the Imaginary. The same year he was jailed for possessing a weapon and hashish found in his car. He claimed that it was a bunch of competitors. He was released in the spring of 1976. At this point in his life, his colleague and friend, Tolis Voskopoulos, who wrote the song "Sleep" in 1977, was particularly sympathetic to him.

He worked with Yannis Parios for 11 years, whose vocal abilities he realized. Dionyssiou's first song of Paris was Minore Paraponos, in music by Thanasis Polykandriotis, released in 1976.

From 1980 until the summer of 1989, a collaboration with Marina Vlachaki followed, with Kiki Louka last. Dionysius had planned to appear again with Vlachakis in Thessaloniki and Turkey.

In the 1980s, Dionysius made his hits "Lament", "You got it all", "And he was saying", "Listen, friend", "The people want song", "Salonika", "He killed me because I loved, "I the stranger", "A minute stand", "Remember", "The woman's heart", "The taxi driver", "And then alone" and more. He also collaborated with Takis Mousafiri, Thanassis Polkandriotis, Giannis Parios, Aleko Chrysobergi, Spyros Giatra, Takis Souka, Spyros Papavassiliou, Christos Nikolopoulos and Lefteris Papadopoulos.

On May 10, 1990, the Stratos nightclub was opened on Philellinon Street.

Reception

Takis Soukas has told Dionysius that "he is the only singer who has never lost a single song in so many years!" Lefteris Papadopoulos has mentioned the robustness of his voice.

Death

The tomb of Dionysios at the First Cemetery of Athens.

Dionysius died on May 11, 1990, at the age of 55, from a ruptured abdominal aorta. His funeral was held at the First Cemetery of Athens. Dionysius had promised that he would sing until his last night. In fact, a few hours before he left his last breath, he was singing at Stratos, while earlier that afternoon, he recorded 9 songs for the album Who Else released a month after his death, setting a record. According to songwriter Takis Musafiri, the last song he recorded that day was Don't Leave Me Alone.

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

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