Joanna Mouskouri, 13 October 1934, Chania, Crete. Mousouris family moved to Athens, Greece when she was three years old. This bespectacled vocalist was steeped in the classics and jazz but was sufficiently broadminded to embrace a native style of pop after a stint on Radio Athens in 1958. An artistic liaison with orchestra leader Manos Hadjidakis facilitated a debut single, Les Enfants Du Piree, which was aimed at foreign consumers. Well-received performances at several international song festivals were added incentives for her team to relocate to Germany, where Weiss Rosen Aus Athen (derived from a Greek folk tune), a number from Hadjidakis soundtrack to the 1961 movie Traumland Der Sehnsucht, sold a million copies. Now one of her countrys foremost musical ambassadors, Mouskouri undertook a US college tour which was followed by further record success, particularly in France with such songs as LEnfant Au...
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