The early years - Vikings
Antonis Vardis was born on August 7, 1948, in Moschato on Kanari Street. Due to the difficult financial situation of his family he did not go to high school but started working as a small, periodical worker in a convenience store, paint shop, gas station, in construction as a plumber's assistant and as a sailor.
At the end of 1965 at the age of 17 he met Yiannis Pantazis, Giorgos Mylonas who had formed a band and rehearsed next to the gas station where he worked. He started playing guitar with them and created the rock band Vikings. The band had many changes in their composition with Bard and Mylonas being the only regular members. Gradually their activity became professional with regular appearances, and four 45s were released. Vardis wrote and released perhaps their greatest success, the English-speaking ballad Catherine, signed by Toni Vardis. The Vikings disbanded in 1970.
In 1969, during his military service, he began working as a guitarist on a bouquet in Plaka, initially with the Municipality of Moutsis and Manolis Mitsias . He performed in the Bouat until 1981 while also working as a musician on recordings, collaborating with important composers such as Moutsis, Yiannis Spanos and Manos Loizos, as well as folk such as Christos Nikolopoulos and Thanasis Polykandri.
At the same time he started writing songs but he was not recording. In 1973 he took part in a song contest and won the second composition award. The song, How Much I Love You in lyrics by Kostas Nestoridis was interpreted by George Dalaras and from there began Vardy's serious professional involvement with the composition. Followed by the folk song So You Go for Haroula Alexiou and The Cyclades for Anna Vissi's first personal album, with which she began collaborating with songwriter Panos Falara while in 1976 he composed and performed his first personal album titled I envision Yannis Athanasiadis' lyrics. The record was unsuccessful and Bardis was frustrated with the composition for a while. He returned in 1978 with more commercially-oriented songs, writing I Want to Love You, which was succeeded by Ioannis Poulopoulos, followed by collaborations with Dimitra Galanis, once again with George Dalaras and Ioannis Parios. His contribution to Vasilis Papaconstantinou's first album, named after the singer, was significant for which he wrote 7 songs in Falara's lyrics.
The 1980s began with Vardy collaborating once again with Haroula Alexiou on her Xmas Day album, which featured hits such as the song of the same name and Fevgoy. More collaborations followed with well-known artists such as Vissi, Manolis Lidakis and Pizzas Papadopoulou, who did not produce significant successes. Many of his songs have been heard from the album, such as Speech by Katsimicha and Lavrentis Mahairitsa and lyrics by Kostas Tripolitis and I had no power in the lyrics of Falaras' regular collaborator. His subsequent wife Christina Maragozi also sang on the record. She also collaborated with Christina Maragozzi on her first solo album, I Follow You, 1987, which included their duet We Will Go Together by Yannis Parios, as well as their joint work Sing With 1988, which included success I'll explode in lyrics by Antonis Andrikakis.
Very important to Vardy was his personal album In Greece 2000 (1995). In the homonymous song he worked again with the Katsimicha brothers and for a unique time with the great folk singer Stelios Kazantzidis, a collaboration that Bardis considered a significant moment in his career. On the same album he made his debut as a singer and his son, John, with whom they sang the duet I Wait For You. They also worked with his son in the 1997 Family Case.
In the following years, Vardis collaborated with many older and younger singers such as Kaiti Garbis, Antonis Remos, Stelios Rokkos, Melina Aslanidou, Giannis Ploutarchos, Glykeria, Natasa Theodoros, Vedirios, Vediriou, Pedi. His latest personal releases were the 2010 single CD "On the Edge of a Dream" and the 2012 album "I Will Paint My Life With Paint" which was finally released after his death in April 2015
Vardis had been married three times. From his first marriage he had a son, singer Yiannis and a daughter Callisto. His second marriage was with singer and songwriter Christina Maragozzi, but he also ended up in a divorce. His third marriage was with Filothei Maria Skitzis.
In 2013 Antonis Vardis was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on the head and started a fight to keep him alive. Despite the following treatments, he had to undergo surgery in Germany, after which there were signs of improving his health. However, his health quickly deteriorated as his right side paralyzed and unable to walk while still having problems with his esophagus. He then received special treatment and was hospitalized in a critical condition at a private Athens hospital with his family and people close to him. Died September 2, 2014 at Health Hospital.
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