Tuesday, January 3, 2012


George Chakiris (or Kerris) born 1934, son of Greek immigrants has a long and successful career as a dancer and actor.
As a dancer he appeared in famous movies like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe.
As an actor he starred with Charlton Heston and Gene Kelly among others.

But the milestone in his career is definitely his role in West Side Story (1961) which won him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
In the 60s he also first appeared as a singer and released 3(?) LPs and several singles. In the 80s he made a French album (Rappelle Toi) singing compositions of Pierre Bachelet and others.

Moon River from album Memories are Made of These (1963)

Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas (1922 – 1994) is best known for his role as Kojak in the 70s crime TV series with same name.
His career as actor spans 4 decades and he was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).

Telly as a singer collaborated with composer/producer John Cacavas during the 70s. In 1975 he scored a #1 hit in Europe with spoken word version of If.

Here's Without Her a cover of Nilsson's 1967 song from Telly (1974) album (with John Cacavas as an arranger)

Tassos Papastamatis (1938 – 2010) was the singer of Greek 60s group Forminx (Vangelis Papathanasiou was the keyboard player and composer).
His deep voice won him the title of the Greek Bing Crosby as it is often mentioned.
Tassos has not a lengthy discography outside the Forminx. A couple of singles, a full cover album and a contribution to George Mouzakis album is all that’s left from this great singer.

Here’s Stranger in the Night from a 1966 single (orchestra conducted by Stan Hopkins)

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