Singer Loukianos Ki­laido­nis dies at 74

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Loukianos Ki­laido­nis, known for the al­most naive and up­beat sen­ti­ment of his songs, died on Tues­day, his fam­ily an­nounced, and a me­mo­rial was held yes­ter­day.

The 74-year-old singer, song­writer and com­poser passed away in an Athens hos­pi­tal in the early hours of Tues­day from heart dis­ease.

Ki­laido­nis was born in the Athens dis­trict of Kypseli on July 15, 1943, and was mar­ried to ac­tress Anna Va­gena, with whom he had two daugh­ters.

A grad­u­ate of Thes­sa­loniki’s Aris­to­tle Univer­sity and the Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Athens, Ki­laido­nis gave up ar­chi­tec­ture to pur­sue his pas­sion for mu­sic in the 1970s, writ­ing songs for the the­ater, film and tele­vi­sion, and work­ing with pop­u­lar and ac­claimed singers.

His record­ing ca­reer com­prised more than 20 al­bums and dozens of hit songs, in­clud­ing “I’m a Poor and Lonely Cow­boy,” “A Day of a Mary,” and “The Hymn of Black Dogs,” while he was also renowned for launch­ing the beach party cul­ture in Greece in the 1980s, or­ga­niz­ing huge bashes in Vou­liag­meni and other parts of the cap­i­tal’s coast.

His can­did sen­ti­men­tal­ity, his sense of hu­mor and hu­man­ity, and his no-frills style that tapped into the coun­try’s folk mu­sic tra­di­tions helped him build a cross-gen­er­a­tional affin­ity with the Greek pub­lic that only a hand­ful of lo­cal artists have en­joyed.

Ki­laido­nis wrote mu­sic for al­most every ma­jor the­ater com­pany in Greece, in­clud­ing Xe­nia Kalogeropoulou’s suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tions for chil­dren, and also penned tunes for renowned film­mak­ers such as Theo An­gelopou­los, Pan­telis Voul­garis and Vas­silis Alex­akis.

In 1999, he and Va­gena founded the Me­tax­ourgeio mu­sic venue, where Ki­laido­nis made reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice was held yes­ter­day for close friends and fam­ily. His body will be cre­mated out­side Greece. In the an­nounce­ment of his death on Tues­day, his fam­ily asked for do­na­tions to be made in Ki­laido­nis’s mem­ory to a poor fam­ily he had taken un­der his wing. De­posits should be made in Na­tional Bank ac­count num­ber GR8501101130000011395450502.

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