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Polly Panou Passes Away

One of the greatest voices of laïko (song of the people), the singer Polly Panou “was forever silenced” at the age of 73.
Polly Panou (real name Polytimi Koliopanou) was born in Athens on 28 October ,1940, but grew up in Patras, Western Greece.
Grigoris Bithikotsis, the popular Greek folk singer and songwriter, was the man who discovered her talent in Patras and was meant to change her life.
Grigoris and Polly traveled together to Patras, to Agrinio and then to Athens to the studios of the record company Columbia. Polly Panou was always accompanied by her mother as her father was opposed to her singing.
“I, above all, sang for myself. I am the only one responsible for myself. No stage fright, nothing. I had, and always have, a very big passion. I never burnt the chance Grigoris Bithikotsis gave me. There was no chance I would not succeed!” the great singer said in an interview years ago.
Panou was the first to sing a big number of very well-known and important songs written by top Greek composers of the 50’s.
According to the press release of Hygeia Hospital, “Polytimi Panou, 73-years-old, died on Friday 27th of September, 2013, at the hospital HYGEIA after months of unequal battle with cancer”.

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