Greek composer, born 23 October 1925 in Xanthi, Greece and died 15 June 1994 in Athens, Greece. In the late 1940s he was the first to publicly appraise (and adapt on his piano works) "rebetika", the urban underground songs that followed the Asia Minor refugee influx to the country in 1922. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he became immensely popular with his pop compositions and movie soundtracks. In 1960, his song 'Never on Sunday' from the film of the same name earned him an Oscar for Best Original Song. Among others he collaborated with Nana Mouskouri
and went on to produce numerous stage soundtracks and concept albums. In 1985, he started his own record company "Σείριος" (Sirius (2)
). In 1989, he founded the Orchestra Of Colours
(Ορχήστρα Των Χρωμάτων) and served as its first conductor.