He was born in Thessaloniki in 1943. After the band's dissolution, sometime in 1966, Kalatzis began his solo career and settled in Athens. There he began collaborating with the famous composer George Mitsakis. His popularity began to grow and he had a productive collaboration with some of the most famous Greek composers of the period, such as Manos Loizos, Stavros Kougioumtzis, Giorgos Katsaros, Mimis Plessas and Yiannis Spanos as well as singers such as Tolos Voulos. Kalatzis also recorded albums with singers such as George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Yiannis Parios, Marisa Koch, Litsa Diamantis and Kostas Smokovitis, and appeared in ten feature films.

In the second half of the 1970's Kalatzis collaborated with composer Nikos Karvelas. In 1981 she released an album with songs by Tolis Voskopoulos. His last album before retiring from active singing was released in 1984, but in 1985 he took part in a large concert dedicated to composer Manos Loizos at the Athens Olympic Stadium. [4] In 2000 he released a double CD, the first containing some of his greatest hits in new releases and the second favorite songs of other performers in his own performance. [5] Kalatzis is considered one of the best singers of his time and many of his songs have been performed by younger singers.

In 2013, Giannis Kalatzis was honored in the Greek version of the television program Your Face Sounds Familiar aired by ANT1 with actor Constantine Kazakos starring in and performing one of his most famous songs, "Dolphin Dolphin".

Yiannis Kalatzis died on July 13, 2017 at the age of 74 years.

His most famous songs

Mermaid (Music - Manos Loizos)

Bournova Paparaki (Music - Manos Loizos)

Dolphin Dolphin (Music - Manos Loizos)

Jamaica (Music - Manos Loizos)

The Leventope Paedo (Music - Manos Loizos)

The Old Clock (Music - Manos Loizos)

I'm a guest and I'm coming (Music - Stavros Kougioumtzis)

Stamoulis the sergeant (Music - George Katsaros)

My Fairytale (Music - Manos Loizos) (the song was heard in the movie The Exorcist)

The Koutalianos (Music - Manos Loizos)

Discography

1968 - Station .......................... Participation

1968 - Yiannis Kalatzis

1969 - The frivolous

1969 - Meeting .......................... Participation

1970 - Kyra Giorgena

1970 - Seascape ................ Participation

1971 - When the lilacs bloom .... Participation

1971 - He lives

1971 - Stamoulis the sergeant

1971 - My Fairytale

1972 - What We Had What We Had ............ Participation

1973 - A trip

1974 - 13 Cases

1974 - Aristotle Street ............. Participation

1975 - And life goes on

1976 - Don't wait

1978 - Someone always says goodbye

1979 - Again near you

1981 - For everyone

1989 - The great successes

1994 - Great successes

1996 - Songs of 45 turns

1999 - Successes

2000 - Unforgettable songs

2001 - His biggest hits

2003 - The authentic

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