Dhionisios Savvopoulos

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Dhionisios Savvopoulous first appeared on the Greek musical scene in 1966 with his debut To Fortigo, an album marked by fine guitar composition and anguished, introspective lyrics. Although he looked…
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Dhionisios Savvopoulous first appeared on the Greek musical scene in 1966 with his debut To Fortigo, an album marked by fine guitar composition and anguished, introspective lyrics. Although he looked unconventional -- Savvopoulous had long hair and wore large glasses -- the performer's lyrical content focussed on personal, rather than social, anger. When the military took control, the year after To Fortigo appeared, Savvopoulous's emotional lyrics escaped censorship, being devoid of political commentary. Savvopoulous acknowledged the important influence of gypsy music on his developing style, yet as his career progessed, Savvopoulous moved away from a simple guitar and vocals arrangement, to complex instrumental orchestration which, while it appealed to some, alienated others as being too ornate. Still more listeners lost interest in Savvopoulous after his highly public return to the Orthodox Church.