He was born on August 29, 1931 in Nea Ionia, Attica, and was a son of Charalambos Kazantzidis, originally from the Kotioras (Ordou) of Pontus and Gestimman (Hadjidaina) from the Alaya of southwest Asia Minor. His father was a builder in the profession and during the occupation he organized himself in the ELAS ranks and worked for the Chamber of Commerce (ETA). During the civil war he was murdered by paramilitary anti-communists.

The teenager Kazantzidis (13) was forced to work in various jobs.

The first person to appreciate his voice was a boss who, upon listening to him at work, gave him a guitar. Kazantzidis' teacher was Stelios Chrysinis, a blind composer.

In 1952, Kazantzidis debuted his record label with a song by Apostolos Kaldaras. This song has the title "I go for a swim". It was a song written about the heat that prevailed in the capital that summer. The album didn't sell because it mimicked the voice of Prodromos Tsousakakis and Stelios Kazantzidis' career would be gone before it started well. The one who realized the potential of Kazantzidis' voice was the composer Yiannis Papaioannou. His song The Suitcase Becomes a Great Success and the Kazantzidis Phenomenon Begins to Get Flesh and Bones.

In October 1965, Kazantzidis, Marinella and Manolis Angelopoulos prepare concerts that will eventually not take place, a few months later Kazantzidis made the big decision to stop live performances at the centers. The reason is his disgust with the situation in the nightclubs. Marinella typically says that only in the shop where Kazantzidis worked was she banned (by himself) singers from sitting at the tables of sturdy financial customers. Kazantzidis' departure from the pulpit, "... constitutes the most dramatic form of silent protest against a relentless system of intrusion by young wealthy patrons, discography bosses and nightclubs ...".

After the post-war period, she released the album "In the East" with music by Mikis Theodorakis. It included great songs, such as "Poor Powers," "And No One Talked," "In the East," but they weren't heard as much as they should have been. In 1975 came "Exist", in collaboration with Nikolopoulos and Pythagoras and George Dalara to smoke. Kazantzidis retires from recordings at the earliest and strongest record of his career. His confrontation with Minos took on a pan-Hellenic dimension. Finally, in 1987, with its own legislation, it remained free with MINOS. The next album - "MINOS" - entitled "On the Road to Return", exceeds 400,000 Thousands of Sales - Only in the Greek Market

Kazantzidis with Marinella and footballer Mimi Papaioannou arrive in Germany for concerts. The reception provided by the expatriates is touching. With them the young - then - bouzouki's craftsman Christos Nikolopoulos. At the same time Kazantzidis and Christos Kolokotronis (music and lyrics respectively) created the AEK anthem that Papaioannou interpreted: "Beat, defeat".

It was preceded in 1959 by Kazantzidis' lawsuit with the record company COLUMBIA, due to the record sales of the song "Mandubala", which reached 100,000 at that time. On the other side of the same album is "Two Doors Has Life", with music by Kazantzidis and lyrics by Happiness Papayannopoulou. Despite unprecedented sales and as the company made millions from the record, the singer himself received less than 1000 drachmas. This was because the singers were then paid a lump sum for each record and did not receive sales percentages. Kazantzidis owes a lot to contemporary singers, since he first claimed rates for his industry and his effort proved to be a positive one.

In 1969, he decides to retire for about two years. It is then that he makes the effort to create his own company, "STANDAR" but the established interests and censorship in the years of the Junta of the Colonels do not leave him. The same fate had any other business moves, such as the frog farming, ouzo "I exist" that was released later, etc.

At the end of 1975 comes the album "Exist". Christos Nikolopoulos and Pythagoras sign Stelios' departure from the discography for twelve years. In 1988 his mother Gestimani passed away. Following is the album "Free" on Polygram. His records become gold and platinum with record sales.

During his career, he sang creations of great composers (Manos Hadjidakis, Akis Panou, Giannis Paleologou, Apostolos Kaldaras, Manolis Chiotis, Mikis Theodorakis, Theodoris DerveniotisNakis Petridis, Christos Leondis Takis Schook Thanasis Polykandriotis Babis Mpakalis Christos Nikolopoulos George Mitsakis Vassilis Tsitsanis, Stavros Xarchakos, Manos Loizos, Ioannis Papaioannou George Zambetas etc.) and songwriters (Costas Virvou, Happiness Papagiannopoulou Tasos Levaditis, Dimitris Christodoulou, Lefteris Papadopoulos, Pythagoras, Sotia Tsotou, Christos Kolokotronis, Evangelos Atraidis, Vanta Koutsokosta, Nikos Loukas, Lefteris Hapsiadis, Charalambos Vassilias)

In 1982 she married Vaso Katsavou.

He passed away on September 14, 2001, at the age of 70, after a long battle with cancer. His burial took place at the Elefsina Cemetery, next to the grave of Gethsemane's mother, as he himself wished, and his funeral became a popular pilgrimage by thousands of admirers.

Discography

1955 - Stelios Kazantzidis

1959 - The One

1965 - Sing with me

1965 - Cataclysm

1967 - Reminiscing

1968 - Kazantzidis - Marinella

1969 - Bats and spiders

1970 - A letter

1970 - My sorrow

1971 - Stelios Kazantzidis No3

1971 - Moments

1972 - The Return

1972 - Stelios Kazantzidis No4

1973 - Glass world

1973 - The Road to Life

1974 - Kazantzidis - Gray - Panos

1974 - My whole life

1974 - In the East

1975 - Stelios Kazantzidis No5

1975 - The Rebetika

1975 - Exist

1976 - State

1976 - Stelios Kazantzidis No6

1977 - In folk songs

1977 - New worlds

1977 - Stelios Kazantzidis No7

1977 - Stelios Kazantzidis No8

1978 - 14 Gold Successes No2

1978 - Sings Costa Virvos

1978 - My loneliness

1980 - Songs of Pythagoras

1981 - Songs of the East

1981 - Songs 1951-1963

1981 - Songs 1961-1963

1982 - Songs by Babi Bakali

1982 - 15 Great Successes

1984 - Songs by Vassilis Tsitsani

1985 - Unreleased songs from 33 turns

1985 - A Woman is gone

1985 - Forever 1952-1963 No2

1987 - The Road to Return

1987 - Popular Bards

1987 - Kazantzidis-Bithikotsis-Together

1988 - The Songs of My Life 7 Cd

1988 - No1's Biggest Successes

1988 - Now

1988 - Free

1988 - Songs of 45 & 78 turns 2 Cd

1989 - That I didn't say

1991 - The Biggest Successes of 2 Cd

1991 - The Songs of America (Kazantzidis - Marinella)

1991 - No2's Biggest Successes

1992 - Evening

1992 - This Is My Life 2 Cd

1993 - The Nightingale of Pontus

1993 - The first Authentic executions

1993 - Unreleased songs from the 33rd No3 turn

1993 - A feast with Stellara 1

1993 - A feast with Stellara 2

1993 - Greece by Stelios and Stratos

1993 - Co-sponsor

1993 - The steeplechase of Stelios and Manolis

1994 - Portraits of Minos EMI 4

1994 - And God forbid

1994 - Discography Tsitsani No10

1995 - The Great Successes (Kazantzidis - Marinella)

1995 - My Experiences

1995 - Moments ...

1996 - Through 45 turns

1996 - Songs From 45 Turns

1996 - My Next Seasons

1996 - Tribute

1996 - Oriental member

1996 - Great Successes 2 Cd

1997 - Songs From the 45 Turns No2

1997 - Homeland, I'm lying to you

1997 - 12 Erotic Moments

1998 - Stelios's Zeibekika

1999 - I sing

2000 - Songs From 45 Turns No 3

2000 - The Voice of All

2000 - When the voice reaches the legend

2000 - Years are coming

2000 - Pontiac

Collections released after his death

2001 - Catania

2001 - Great Performers 5 Cd

2001 - I exist for You

2002 - The Best 2 Cd

2002 - Song by Manolis Chiotis

2002 - Your first love is me

2003 - This night stays

2003 - Forever With Us 4 Cd

2003 - Great songs

2003 - Interprets Vassilis Tsitsani

2003 - Out of prisons

2003 - I lost my man

2003 - As the Glass Cracks

2003 - Take fire and burn me

2003 - The songs of Mana

2003 - My bitter lips

2004 - At the Sea I'll Fall

2004 - I'm going to Australia

2004 - The charismatic shot

2004 - My most beautiful years

2005 - This Night Stays 40 Great Successes 2 Cd

2005 - A Thousand Nights Beautiful

2005 - In songs of Happiness

2006 - Friendly Tweezers (Live Live Recording)

2006 - Stelios Kazantzidis - Theodoros Derveniotis

2006 - My Painful Body;

2008 - Exist [The 72 Best Songs]

2008 - Pontiac Meeting

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