Giannis Papaiōannou

Giannis Papaioannou (Greek: Γιάννης Παπαϊωάννου; January 18, 1913 – August 3, 1972) was a famous Greek musician and composer born in Kios, Ottoman Empire (now Gemlik, Turkey). In English his name is sometimes romanticized as Yannis, Ioannis or Yiannis. Most active in the 1940s, he wrote many songs, some of which are today considered classics of the rebetiko folk music style. These include: Pente Ellines Ston Adi, Kapetan Andreas Zeppo, Modistroula, Prin To Charama Monachos, and Fovamai Mi Se Chaso. His style retains much of the musical quality of the classical rebetika of the likes of Markos Vamvakaris, although the thematic content of the lyrics tends not to focus as much on the typically dark topics – drugs, death and prison – of earlier rebetika.

He died in Athens on August 3, 1972 in a road accident and was buried in a cemetery in Kallithea, just southwest of Athens near the Tzitzifies area of south Kallithea where he, like many other rebetiko and laiko musicians, would frequently perform.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 18th, 1913 (Cius), Died August 3rd, 1972 (Greece)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1948 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, director


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia CO38783 10-in. approximately 1948 Sta peuka kai sta elata (Στα πευκα και στα ελατα) Odysseas Moschonas (Οδυσσεας Μοσχονας) Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia CO46309 10-in. approximately 1952 O arrostos Odysseas Moschonas (Οδυσσεας Μοσχονας) Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Columbia CO46310 10-in. approximately 1952 Ton logo sou den kratises Sōtēria Bellou (Σωτηρία Μπέλλου) ; Odysseas Moschonas (Οδυσσεας Μοσχονας) ; Giannis Papaiōannou Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Papaiōannou, Giannis," accessed October 16, 2021,

Papaiōannou, Giannis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from

"Papaiōannou, Giannis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.

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