He was born in Ayvalık, Asia Minor in 1904. He came to Greece before the Asia Minor Disaster and settled in Piraeus. He worked since childhood, but his passion for music and singing was his passion. Soon he came in contact with the rebetes of Piraeus. Together with Markos Vamvakaris, Anestis Delia and Giorgos Batis they created the first purely rebetika orchestra. It was known as the "Piraeus Tetras", in the puritanical version of Batis.
In 1934 the company first appeared in Sarantopoulos's paddock, in the Resurrection of Piraeus, and was very successful. Everyone in the company sings, but Paioumtzis is the lead singer. In the same year, Cotton is preparing to record his first record. He goes to the company to play his songs, but not to sing them, as the company had Paioumtzis as the lead singer, and Vamvakaris himself did not believe in his vocal abilities. But Spyros Peristeris, the company's maestro, insists that Mark be the interpreter of his songs. So, while the folk songs of Cotton's songs were interpreted by Paioumtzis, Cotton himself sang them in the discography.
At the same time, George Batis appears in the discography. Initially he is recording the song "Batis o dervision", while he is also preparing to record "Zebecano Spaniolo". The company performs the song, but Batis cannot sing, so he is recorded with the voice of Paioumtzis. Following are the songs "The Mop" and "Muggles" and in 1936 Stratos sings songs by the fourth of the company, Anesti Delia ("Mugs Grab the Mountains", "Your Husband and Me" etc.).
In the early years of Piraeus' discography, Paioumtzis participated in most recordings, even when he was not singing. In many of Cotton's first songs he plays ballglasses or glasses, and dozens are the discs where his voice greets the recording participants ("Hello Mark with your live pains", "Hi Spiros with bouzoukaki"). yours, etc.). In fact, he sometimes even greets himself ("Hi, Stratos with your joust!").
In the mid-1930s, Stratos Paioumtzis' voice is now iconic. Since then he only refers to his last name, even on disc labels. In 1935 he was used by Vaggelis Papazoglou as an interpreter ("Like I Ran From Pylos") and since 1937 by other great Asian artists: Panagiotis Tountas ("My Sweet Persephone", "I'm Happy Man" etc.). ), Costas Skarvelis ("They Laughing at You", "The World Riches Wish" etc.) and Spyros Peristeris ("Seafood Love", "For You Black Moth" etc.).
In 1938 Paioumtzis will sing Manolis Chiotis ("Say No to Yes") and some of Bayantera's most popular songs ("Turn Like a Night", "Hadjikyriakio"). He had met Tsitsanis a few months earlier and would start a long-standing partnership with him. Dozens of famous Tsitsani songs were first recorded with the voice of Stratos Paioumtzis, which is believed to be related to their success .
After the German Occupation, Paioumtzis continues his collaboration with older folk artists (Vamvakaris, Tsitsani, Chiotis, etc.) and with young people, such as Apostolos Kaldaras ("On a rock") and George Mitsakis ("Magas came out"). for sergey »). He will continue in the discography until the mid-1950s, so with the flourishing of the archontorevetic his career will take over.
In the early 1960s George Zambetas brought him back to the forefront, exploiting his significant influence on companies. Paioumtzis records pre-war rehearsals by Apostolos Hatzichristou, Tsitsanis and other artists, the famous Amane "Minaret of the Stratos" as well as the anthem of Olympiacos "Olympiakese Grande, Olympiacos Train" . In addition to discography, Paioumtzis returns to popular folk, where he worked nonstop from 1934 to 1955.
In October 1971 he was able to obtain a passport (in 1937 he was arrested for using hashish and went into exile so that he would never be issued a passport) and went to New York. He worked in the "Cave", where he was kept by the expatriates. On November 16, 1971, he "erupted" on the plank at the age of 67. To get him back home and bury him, he had to be fundraised by his old friends and associates, while George Zambetas covered the funeral expenses.
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