Tsitsanis was born in Trikala on January 18, 1915 to Epirus parents. From an early age he was interested in music and learned mandolin, violin and bouzouki.
In the autumn of 1936 Tsitsanis came to Athens with the main purpose of studying Law, but he soon gained music. His first influences are the songs of Vangelis Papazoglou and Markos Vamvakaris. His first appearance was at the Peaselia shop. He soon met Dimitris Perdikopoulos, who took him to Odeon, where he recorded his first songs. "In a Tekke Bucarane" is Tsitsani's first recording.
In the period 1937-1940 he wrote songs that he recorded with the voices of Perdikopoulos and other singers of that time, such as Stratos Paioumtzis, Markos Vamvakaris and Stellakis Perpiniadis, with whom Tsitsanis participated in many recordings.
During the German occupation Tsitsanis stayed in Thessaloniki, where for four years (1942-1946) he owned his own shop, Ouzeri Tsitsanis, at 22 Pavlou Mela Street, which became famous. There he wrote some of his best songs, recorded after the end of the war, such as "Cloudy Sunday".
In July 1942 she married Zoe Samaras of Grevena, who had been engaged for 19 months. Koumbaros was Tsitsani's personal friend, Nikolaos Mouschountis, who was also a Thessaloniki Gendarmerie commander, as well as a fan of Tsitsani's work and of the rebetiko song in general. He had a daughter, Victoria, and a son, Kostas.
In 1946 he returned to Athens and began recording again. Next to him became well-known singers such as Sotiria Bellou, Ioanna Georgakopoulou, Marika Ninou, as well as singer Prodromos Tsousakakis.
In the years that followed, Tsitsanis was widely accepted. Especially after the fall of the Junta, it had begun staging concerts and open spaces, which was the first time for folk songs. His last public appearance in the open air was in honor of the Municipality of Nice, in collaboration with Mayor Stelios Logothetis and Mikis Theodorakis for the organization of the first cultural summer in Greece.
Vassilis Tsitsanis was a close friend of Andrea Papandreou and his favorite musician.  He was a big fan of Aris Thessaloniki but also of the historical football company AO. Trikala, often going to the court.
He died on January 18, 1984, of cancer in London and was buried in the First Athens Cemetery.
In his honor, the Municipality of Glyfada renamed Vaou Street to Vasilis Tsitsani Street because it resided in Glyfada on that street.
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