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Jenny Vanou passes away

One of the most emblematic and popular Greek singers of the 1970s, Jenny Vanou, passed away at the "Metaxa" hospital, where she was being treated for cancer.

Jenny Vanou was born in Athens in 1936, as Eugenia Vrachnou. Growing up she wanted to study at the Math and Physics faculty at university, but after meeting with composer Mimis Plessas she passed examinations and was hired by the National Broadcasting Service as a light orchestra singer in 1959. Ever since that time she considered Plessas, her mentor.

Her first public appearance took place in 1964 at the Light Music Festival of Thessaloniki, where she won first prize with a song composed by Mimis Plessas. She quickly established herself as a duet singer, particularly with crooner Yannis Voyatzis, and by the late 1970s she was an established figure on the Greek popular music scene.

In 1982, her meeting with singer Tolis Voskopoulos, proved fortuitous as he signed her to the Greek subsidiary of Columbia Records. The move allowed her even greater fame and success. Throughout her career she was the principle performer and muse of many composers, such as the Mimis Plessas, Mikis Theodorakis, Giorgos Mouzakis, Kostas Giannidis, among others.