George Zambetas was born on January 25, 1925 in Platonos Academy [1], while his family was from Kythnos.

His parents were Michalis Zabetas, a barber, and Marika Moraitis, a niece of a well-known baron of the time.

From a very young age, George Zambetas showed a great interest in music, as while working in his father's barber shop as an assistant, he secretly "buzzed" his first tunes in bouzouki. Everything in nature produced sound, fascinated him and aided him in his compositions, according to what he himself sealed in his biography shortly before his death.

In 1932, at the age of just 7, he won his first prize as a student in elementary school, playing his first song in a school competition.

Despite the reactions, young George continued to serve his great love, and his acquaintance with Vassilis Tsitsanis in 1938 played a decisive role in shaping his artistic personality.

In 1940 the Zabeta family moved to the Aigaleo (Sacred Way 309 and Salamis I) and from that time Zabeta acquired an indefinable link with the city, which inspired and endowed him with the nickname "City" during a tour of Britain .

In 1942 and under conditions of poverty due to the Occupation, Zabeta created his first band, with which the girls sang.

The years of creation

During the 1950s, Zabetas wrote his first genuine rebetika songs with well-known performers, such as Prodromos Tsausakis ("Like Today, Like Today ..."), Stelios Kazantzidis ("I will go deep into the sea"), Manolis Kanaridis ("When Will You Receive This Letter"), Polly Panou ("Going to Tell My Mother") and more. His talent and amazing playing had been evident since then, but he had not yet settled on the well-known style that established him as a unique showman in the field.

Over the next decade, his songs have achieved enormous success as he performs in major popular entertainment venues while traveling overseas (Europe and America), and has participated in more than 160 films that flourished in Greek cinema at the time.

His creations such as "The Morning", "The Morning", "No Way To Read" etc. they remained unbeatable and ranked him at the highest levels of the musical genre, according to a statement by Lefteris Papadopoulos: As a bouzouktsi he was the best in terms of personal sound, but as a showman he was unique. An artist who, if born in America, would probably play the lead on the world stage! "

Characteristic of the great artist was the statement of Dimitris Mitrophanos, who regarded him as his second father: "Zabetas is the only person in the song who helped me without expecting anything. I got something with all my other partners and I gave something. "

During the '70s, when morals began to change, Zabetas switched to satire in the form of a show, with his well-known hits "Thanasis", "The Fifty", "Even Sir" etc. to create and feeling again in the public.

The difficult decades of his life

In the 1980s, this kind of decline began, with Zambeta facing problems in his collaborations, as the era no longer recognized the values ​​of the past. Since 1990, however, record labels and media outlets have become increasingly popular. They "rediscover" his songs, which are re-emerging and reclaiming their audience's preferences.

Unfortunately, he is no longer alone in his career but also in his life. At the beginning of 1992 he did not feel well and his bones ached. When the condition worsened, he was admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of advanced bone cancer. He left his last breath of cancer at Sotiria Hospital on March 10, 1992. He was just 67 years old.

The municipality of Aigaleo honored the great composer twice in life at events he organized in April 1988 and September 1990, and a town square near his house bears his name.

George Zambetas married in 1952 Argyro (born October 13, 1930), whom she had met at the age of 15. She had two daughters, Marika in 1953 and Katerina in 1954, as well as a son, Michael in 1956. Michael died tragically by the same date (March 10) as his father, in 2008, of cancer. . Meanwhile, Zambeta's wife, Argyro, and his older daughter, Marika, had already died.

Songs

Here is an illustrative list of songs by George Zambeta and their performers. In brackets (where applicable) the year of composition and the lyricist:

My love, my love - Aliki Vougiouklakis

Agony (1970, Charalambos Vassiliadis) - Tolis Voskopoulos

Listen to the Nightingale - Mary Linda

Allegro bouzouki - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Bali - Vicky Moscholiou

I go up and down - Yannis Dounias & Sofi Zaninou

If we break the bouzouki - George Zambetas & Eleni Rodas

From August to May - Stamatis Kokota

Love Quotes - George Zambetas

Those who leave - Giannis Poulopoulos

Improvisation in Major (Ouzam) - Orchestra (by G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Improvisation in Major (Rast) - Orchestral (by G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Improvisation in Minor (Niaventis) - Orchestra (by G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

I will fall deep into the sea - St. Kazantzidis

Obesity - Mandalena

The North Is Your Love - Orchestral (in G. Bouzouki's G. Zambetas)

Elated Monday - Eleni Rodas

My Brazilian Sweet - Petros Anagnostakis & Ria Kourtis

Hi buddy - Mandalena

George, Giorgaki - George Zambetas

I don't burn nails - George Zambetas

It's not the heart of the road - Dimitris Papamichael

No Way to Read (1963, Dimitris Christodoulou)

My Dimitris, My Dimitris (1966, Alekos Sakellarios) - Aliki Vougiouklaki

Devilish Misery - Orchestral

I'm Helen - Helen Rhodes

It's my single layer - Aliki Vougiouklakis

I had the sunshine - Zozo Soapountzakis

One night in Thissio - Dimitra Papiou

A traveler - Marinella

Power if they gave me - Eleni Rodas

You intervene - George Zambetas

Coming, Coming (1968, Pythagoras) - Stamatis Kokota

Anyway - George Zambetas

You missed the train - Tolis Voskopoulos

Zeibekiko Piraeus - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Zeibekikos (Hijaz) - Orchestral (in G. Zambetas's bouzouki)

Zula entered a boat - George Zambetas

The suitcase - Tolis Voskopoulos

Culture - George Zambetas

Sunday (1965, Alekos Sakellarios) - Aliki Vougiouklakis & Choir

Modern Athens - Duchess

The Old Lady - George Zambetas

I Have Come And Tonight On Your Stairs (1958, Charalambos Vassiliadis) - Panos Tzanetis

The Crumb - Anna Chrysafi & Diamantis Panaretos

I'll sing for you - Panos Tzanetis

Thessaloniki (1967, Elias Iliopoulos) - Dimitris Mitropanos

Katina, Katinoula, Katinaki - Petros Anagnostakis, K. Tzovara & St. Chatzidakis

And if you cross the sky (1964, Dimitris Christodoulou)

Hell - George Zambetas

Sun Teacher - George Zambetas

Luna Park - Aliki Vougiouklaki

Indeed, sir - George Zambetas

Mana came bandits - George Zambetas

Mexican - Petros Anagnostakis

Midnight to Find You (1965, Dimitris Christodoulou) - St. Kazantzidis & Marinella

Metaxourgio - Dimitris Mitropanos

With the North (1965, Dimitris Christodoulou) - St. Kazantzidis & Marinella

With money, with money - George Zambetas

One Sunday at yyysurum - Yiannis Dounias

A Five Younger - Beba Blanche

Bouzouki, my love - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Let's hear the story again - George Zambetas

Going to Tell My Mother - Polly Panou & Ant. Locksmith

To lose love and to be poor - Ria Kourtis

Night Stories - St. Rooster

They reshape the nostrils - Panos Tzanetis

Early Morning (1965, Dimitris Christodoulou) - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Agathoklis - George Zambetas

The Descendant - George Zambetas

The Arab (The Dark Bedouins) - Manolis Kanaridis

Giannakis - George Zambetas & Choir

The Plain Road - Vicky Moscholiou

Seafood - George Zambetas

The Mahals - St. Rooster

Mr. Alekos - George Zambetas

The Mistocles - Rena Koumiotis

The Overnight - Dimitris Mitropanos & Sofi Zanninou

The Fifty - George Zambetas

The best student is George Zambetas

The Prime Minister - George Zambetas

The champion - George Zambetas

Spyros - Dimitris Mitropanos

When you receive this letter - Manolis Kanaridis

When Smoking Lulas - George Zambetas

When it happens around - George Zambetas

Jack O'Hara - George Zambetas

Johnny the figurehead - Eleni Rodas

The Foucault - Eleni Rodas

Go-go-Orchestral (in G. Bouzouki's G. Zambetas)

Take the Road to the Old (1966, Dimitris Christodoulou) - Vicky Moscholiou

Father sit wisely - George Zambetas

My Piraeus - George Zambetas

Plaka-Psirri-Metaxourgio - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Which path to read - Vicky Moscholiou

Who is he (1968, Pythagoras) - Marinella

Polyxeni - George Zambetas

Door Closed to Your Lips (1964, Dimitris Christodoulou) - Vicky Moscholiou

Where did you go and dream (Dream) - Vicky Moscholi

Where are you going without love - Duchess

Where is Thanasis - George Zambetas

Rebet Serenade - Str. Paioumtzis & G. Zambetas

Roman loved Romia - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

As today, as today - Fri. Tsaousakis & Maria Grilli

In these strats - George Zambetas

Sokio danced a sirtaki (1965, Alekos Sakellarios) - Orchestral (in bouzouki by G. Zambetas)

Stables, Stables (1967, Dionysis Jeffronis) - Marinella

At dawn the window - Dim. Papamichael

On the white the tower - George Zambetas

At daybreak - Mandalena & Marios

Often with the idol - Petros Anagnostakis, Ria Kourtis & Katsaba

The Tears - Vicky Moscholiou

The Morning (1964, Dimitris Christodoulou) - Vicky Moscholiou

Last Love - St. Rooster

What a sweetie to love you - Harris Alexiou

What to Blame (1969, Dimitris Christodoulou) - Marinella

What did you do and left me - Panos Tzanetis

The dead end - Vicky Moscholi

The little man - Eleni Rodas

The Sweetheart - Gr. Bithikotsis, P. Panou & Ant. Locksmith

The letter and the photo - Vicky Moscholiou

The decree - George Zambetas

The point is to find her. Rooster

The Boat - Beba Blans & Nikos Veliotis

Koutouki (1960, Eftihia Papayannopoulou)

Wool - George Zambetas

My bouzouki and I - Orchestra (G.Zabetas in bouzouki)

Your Frozen Hand - Vicky Moscholi

The dove - Dim. Papamichael

The little kid - George Zambetas

The Radish - George Zambetas

The Saravalaki - George Zambetas

The Ghost (1965, by Costas Ferris, in the movie "Some people prefer khaki") - George Zambetas

The Smile (1965, Alekos Sakellarios) - Dim. Papamichael

Tsifteteli - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

You got it (No way to read it) - Panos Tzanetis

Haravgi - Orchestra (in G. Bouzouki by G. Zambetas)

Butcher (classical) - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

Hasaposervikos - Orchestra (G. Zambetas in bouzouki)

One Thousand Pigeons - George Zambetas

Sources:

"Life and State of George Zambetta - And the loop was falling straight," - Ioanna Kliassiou 1997, editions "Defi" (Stelios Elliadis).

"Art Works and Faces of Aigaleo" - published by Aigaleo Municipality 2006