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Background information
Birth name Kyriaki Papadopoulou
Born (1938-05-20) May 20, 1938 (age 76)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Genres Folk, laïko, blues, rebetiko
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, actress
Years active 1957–present
Labels PolyGram Greece, Minos EMI, BMG Greece, Universal Music Greece

Marinella (Greek: Μαρινέλλα) (born May 20, 1938) is one of the most popular Greek singers whose career has spanned several decades. She has sung professionally since 1957. Since the beginning of her career, she has released 66 personal albums and has been featured in albums of other musicians.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born Kyriaki Papadopoulou (Κυριακή Παπαδοπούλου), in the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. Her parents were Greek refugees from Constantinople. She is the fourth and last child of a large family, which despite its poverty, was rich in love and in artistic vein. The whole family gathered around the turntable and sang, while her father tried to teach children the steps of the waltz and the tango. From four years singing on the radio broadcast in "Pediki Ora (Child Time)" and later did ads for shops "Melka" in Thessaloniki, pushing the first pocket money. She participated in many performances of children's theater.[2]

At age 15, she gave up her budding career to finish school, but by seventeen, her passion for the theater is stirring and she joins the artistic group of Mary Laurent, a "mpoulouki" (so called then the singer troupes that traveled Greece end-to-end for performances) and plays small roles. One day, the lead singer fell sick and sought Marinella as a replacement, who was willing to take the singer's place. At that moment, the Greek music world found one of its best representatives. Marinella became the lead singer of the troupe. She later joined the Military Theater because the payment was better. At the same time she started her career as a singer at the "Panorama" center of Thessaloniki. There, Tolis Harmas coined the name "Marinella" for her, inspired by his song.[3]

She released her first song in 1957, "Nitsa, Elenitsa (Little Helen)". Her early career was marked by her collaboration with singer Stelios Kazantzidis. Together they managed to become the greatest duet of Greece, unsurpassed until today. Starting at the night club "Luxembourg" in Thessaloniki where they enjoyed great success, they later moved to Athens, the capital, where they became widely known.

They sang pieces of Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Giorgos Mitsakis, Giorgos Zambetas, Apostolos Kaldaras, Theodoros Derveniotis, Stavros Xarchakos, Christos Leontis, whom are considered the best composers of the era.

Marinella married Stelios Kazantzidis on May 7, 1964 and they toured together in Germany and the United States. They divorced in September 1966. Marinella then began a solo career and eventually in 1974 married singer Tolis Voskopoulos. This second marriage also ended in divorce in 1981.

Early career[edit]

In October 1970, Marinella participated in the V Festival Internacional da Cançao Popular – Parte Internacion (FIC) in Rio de Janeiro, representing Greece with the song "Kyra Giorgena (Wife of George)", finishing 4th among 38 countries. On October 24, 1970, the Billboard wrote "Marinella from Greece, knows audiences in Athens clubs, carries enchantment in her songs and the warmth of the sun in her voice" (by Henry Johnston).[4]

Marinella was the first Greek singer to participate in the International MIDEM Festival of 1973 in Cannes with and three new songs of Stavros Xarchakos[5] and in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1974, placing eleventh with the song "Krasi, Thalassa Kai T' Agori Mou (Wine, sea and my boyfriend)".

She also performed in several Greek musicals, both as singer and actress. Her popularity rose in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, with a string of successful albums and live shows. She developed a new standard for shows in the Greek night clubs, introducing costumes, dancing, and special lighting effects. Many of today's popular Greek singers have modelled their shows on Marinella's shows of the 1980s.

Later career[edit]

On April 27, 1998, Marinella performed in the Athens Concert Hall, performing her older hits to great acclaim.[6] Her concert at the small Olympic Stadium of Athens on October 1, 1999 was a great success with more than 25,000 people.[7]

In November 2002, she collaborated with George Dalaras. They gave concerts in Athens and Thessaloniki as well as abroad.[8] The tour was titled "Mazi (Together)" and the released live album from these performances reached platinum status in 2003. On April 10, 2003, the New York Times wrote about Marinella "Her voice was earthy and strong, and she had the presence of an actress as she danced a few teasing steps or brought dignity to longing" (by Jon Pareles).[9]

In March 2004, she released a brand new album with new songs by Nikos Antypas and Lina Nikolakopoulou, entitled "Ammos Itane (It was sand)". In the same year, on August 19, she performed at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics, along with Dimitra Galani, Haris Alexiou, Yiannis Parios and George Dalaras.

In December 2005, Marinella released a new album titled "Tipota Den Ginete Tihea (Nothing is random)", composed by Giorgos Theofanous. The album reached gold status and includes duets with famous Greek singers, such as Antonis Remos, Glykeria and Kostas Makedonas.

In 2006, two new compilations of Marinella were officially released, the first titled "Sti Skini (On stage)" and containing older live recordings and the second one titled "Ta Logia Ine Peritta – 50 Chronia Tragoudi (Words are pointless – 50 Years of song)", which is a complete eight CDs boxset with Marinella's greatest hits from the beginning of her career until her collaboration with Kostas Hatzis at "Recital".

Marinella returned again to nightlife, by performing live with Antonis Remos at the Athens Arena in 2006 – 2007 and 2007 – 2008, with Giannis Parios at the Diogenis Studio in the winter season 2008 – 2009, and with Natassa Theodoridou at the Votanikos in 2011 – 2012, in Athens.

Current activities[edit]

Marinella's hit "Ego Ki' Esy (Ta Logia Ine Peritta) - You And I (Words are pointless)"

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Marinella will be starting performing her successful show entitled "The Musical", in October 2010 at Palace Theatre in Athens.


Even though Marinella is often considered a singer of folk songs, her range is quite broad and has included a variety of musical styles including traditional, laika, pop, blues, and jazz. Marinella is characterised as "The Great Lady of Song" in Greece, where she is regarded with great respect. She rarely makes public appearances, and her concerts are few.


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]


  • 1971: Ena Karavi Gemato Tragoudia (A boat full of songs)
  • 1995: I Prova Tou Nifikou (Fitting of the wedding dress)
  • 2000: Ystera Irthan I Melisses (And then, came the bees)


  • 1965: Manos Hadjidakis – Proti Ektelesi
  • 1965: Stelios Kazantzidis No. 3
  • 1965: Tragoudia Tis Xenitias
  • 1965: The Voice of Stelios Kazantzidis
  • 1965: Christos Leontis – Katahnia
  • 1966: Christos Leontis – Anastasi Oneiron
  • 1967: Anapolontas me ton Kazantzidi
  • 1968: Mimis Plessas – Gorgones Kai Magkes
  • 1970: Kazantzidis & Marinella Sing Greek Songs
  • 1970: V Festival Internacional Da Canção Popular – Rio (Parte Internacional)
  • 1971: 12 Syghrona Laika Chromata
  • 1971: Christos Leontis – Dodeka Para Pente
  • 1974: Kryfa Minymata 1967 – 1974
  • 1975: Tolis Voskopoulos – Ego Ti Eho Ke Ti Tha 'Ho
  • 1976: Stelios Kazantzidis (& Marinella) no. 6
  • 1976: Mikis Theodorakis – Politeia A'
  • 1976: Tolis Voskopoulos – Smyrneika Ke Laika
  • 1976: Tolis Voskopoulos – Otan Tragoudo
  • 1977: Nasos Panagiotou – Ilie Megale
  • 1977: O Kazantzidis Se Dimotika Tragoudia
  • 1978: Tolis Voskopoulos – Tragouda Theatrine!
  • 1979: 7 Asteria – 14 Epityhies
  • 1979: Akis Panou – Ase Me Zoi
  • 1980: Tolis Voskopoulos – 80
  • 1980: To Dekatriari Tis Epitihias no. 9
  • 1981: Voskopoulos – Kardia Mou Moni
  • 1981: Giannis Kalatzis – Gia Olous
  • 1982: Epitihies Tou Simera
  • 1982: Tolis Voskopoulos – Den Thelo Na Thimame
  • 1983: Epitihies Tou Simera
  • 1983: Giannis Spartakos – 50 Chronia Tragoudia
  • 1983: Ta 14 Chasapisa Tou Hthes Ke Tou Simera
  • 1984: Antonis Kalogiannis – Mikra Erotika
  • 1984: Ta Dialegmena
  • 1985: Gia Ta Pedia
  • 1985: Antonis Kalogiannis – Ke Pou les Eftichia
  • 1985: Nakis Petridis – Laika Monopatia
  • 1985: Kostas Virvos – Tesseris Dekaeties
  • 1985: O Mikis Theodorakis Sto Kentrikon (Live)
  • 1985: Ta Laika Tis Nichtas (Athens by night)
  • 1985: Kazantzidis – Mia Gyneka Efyge (Andekdota Tragoudia Stis 33' Strofes)
  • 1985: Stelios Kazantzidis Gia Panta No. 1 (Historical recordings 1952 – 1963)
  • 1986: Stelios Kazantzidis Gia Panta No. 2 (Historical recordings 1952 – 1963)
  • 1987: Takis Bougas – Ring
  • 1987: Ta Kalytera
  • 1988: Giannis Parios – Pistos
  • 1989: Ola Gia Dio
  • 1989: Trella Ke Ayios O Theos
  • 1989: Minos '90, ta souxe einai edo
  • 1990: Ola mesa
  • 1990: Prota ap' ola
  • 1990: Kazantzidis – Anekdota Tragoudia Apo Tis 33' Strofes nο. 3
  • 1990: Klisis, Proklisis, Prosklisis
  • 1991: Mimis Plessas – I Pariziana
  • 1991: Epitihies 20 Asteron
  • 1993: San Palio Cinema
  • 1993: I Megali Othoni no. 1
  • 1993: I Megali Othoni no. 2
  • 1993: Minos '94, Ta Souxe Eeinai Edo
  • 1994: Minos '95
  • 1995: En Plo (Ypourgeio Emporikis Nautilias)
  • 1995: Kostas Hatzis – Tragoudia Gia Filous
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1965
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1974
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1975
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1976
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1981
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1988
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1989
  • 1995: Chrysi Diskothiki 1990
  • 1995: Ta Prota Ap' Ola
  • 1995: Minos '96
  • 1996: Minos '97
  • 1996: Kazantzidis – Tragoudia Apo Tis 45' Strofes
  • 1997: Zampetas – Tragoudia Apo Tis 45' Strofes
  • 2000: Kazantzidis – Tragoudia Apo Tis 45' Strofes no. 3
  • 2002: O Stelios Kazantzidis Tragouda Manoli Hioti
  • 2002: Mimis Plessas – Iobilaion (Live)
  • 2004: Fos (The official album of Athens) 2004
  • 2005: Antonis Remos – San Anemos
  • 2005: Antonis Remos – San Anemos (Special Edition)
  • 2006: Den Xero Poso S' Agapo – Tribute To Vicky Mosholiou (Live)
  • 2006: Eurosongs (1974–2005)
  • 2008: Mpampis Mpakalis – 40 Megales Epitihies
  • 2008: Tha Pio Apopse To Feggari – Tribute To Lefteris Papadopoulos (Live)
  • 2008: Manos Hadjidakis – 100 Songs (Recordings 1955 – 1972)
  • 2009: Mimis Plessas – I Megali Othini Oneirevetai
  • 2010: Lina Nikolakopoulou – Hronia Polla, Tragoudi Mou
  • 2012: Natasa Theodoridou – Apenanti


  • 1974: Ta Oraiotera Tragoudia Mou
  • 1976: Portraita
  • 1980: Portraito
  • 1982: 15 Chronia Marinella
  • 1987: 14 Apo Ta Oraiotera Tragoudia Mou
  • 1988: Marinella For Ever
  • 1988: Gia panta (Ta Erotika)
  • 1992: I Marinella Tragouda Mimi Plessa
  • 1992: Marinella & Antonis Kalogiannis – Synaisthimata
  • 1993: Marinella & Tolis Voskopoulos – Ego Ki' Esy (Oles I Megales Epitihies)
  • 1993: Chryses Epitihies
  • 1993: Kazantzidis & Marinella – Megales Epitihies
  • 1994: I Marinella Tragouda Hatzinasio
  • 1995: Ta Prota Mou Tragoudia 1967 – 1970
  • 1995: I Megales Epitihies
  • 1996: I Marinella Tragouda Giorgo Zampeta & Aki Panou
  • 1996: I Marinella Tragouda Mimi Plessa & Gianni Spano
  • 1996: Ta 45aria Tis Marinellas
  • 1996: Ta Prota Mou Tragoudia Nο. 2 1971 – 1974
  • 1996: I Megali Kyria Tou Ellinikou Tragoudiou
  • 1997: Marinella & Kostas Hatzis – Recital Gia Dio (4 CDs Boxset)
  • 1997: I Foni Ke O Mythos – 30 Chronia Tragoudi (4 CDs Boxset)
  • 1998: I Marinella Se Aprovleptes Erminies
  • 1998: Ta Agapimena (Difono)
  • 1999: Ta Tragoudia Mou (Diva)
  • 2000: Ta Megala Tragoudia
  • 2000: Ta Erotika (2 CDs)
  • 2001: Marinella & Kostas Hatzis – Ta Tragoudia Tou Aiona
  • 2001: I Megaliteres Epitihies
  • 2002: Chrysa Tragoudia
  • 2003: Marinella – Mia Agkalia Tragoudia (4 CDs Boxset)
  • 2005: Marinella (The Universal Masters Collection)
  • 2005: Ego (The Very Best of EMI Years) 1957 – 1995
  • 2006: Ta Kinimatografika Tou Kazantzidi
  • 2006: Kazantzidis & Marinella – Asteria Tou Ellinikou Tragoudiou
  • 2006: Kazantzidis & Marinella – I Teleftaies Ihografisis
  • 2006: Sti Skini
  • 2006: Ta Logia Ine Peritta – 50 Chronia Tragoudi (8 CDs Boxset)
  • 2007: Ta Logia Ine Peritta – 50 Chronia Tragoudi (6 CDs Boxset)
  • 2007: Tragoudia Apo Ton Kinimatografo Ke To Theatro
  • 2008: I Foni Ke O Mythos (4 CDs)
  • 2009: Ta Tragoudia Mias Zois (5 CDs)


  • ΙΙΙ F.I.C. Festival Internacional Da Canção 1968 Rio
  • 2004 – Athens 2004 Olympic Games

Marinella in Greek Cinema[edit]

The following table is a record of all instances of Marinella in films of Greek cinema, from the 1960 by 1966 with Stelios Kazantzidis and from 1967 by 1970 itself.[10]

Year Movie title Director Songs

KYRIA DIMARHOS (The mayoress)

Roviros Manthoulis

«Gia 'mas pote min ximerosi", "Ziguala", "Allaxane ta pragmata»


KLAPSE FTOHI MOU KARDIA (Cry, my poor heart)

Costas Strantzalis

«Fevgo me pikra sta xena»


PEXE BOUZOUKI MOU GLYKO (Play, my sweet bouzouki)

Costas Strantzalis

«Fevgo me pikra sta xena»


AFISTE ME NA ZISO (Let me live)

Andreas Katsimitsoulias

«Emis mazi tha zisoume»


I ADISTAKTI (The ruthless)

Ntinos Katsouridis

«Pios dromos ine anihtos»


PRODOMENI (Betrayed)

Christos Kyriakopoulos

«Mes stis agapis mas to tzaki", "Tora pou s' eho anagki»


TIMORIA (Punishment)

Ntinos Katsouridis

«Na fygo, na fygo", "Prodomenes kardies»



Nikos Varveris

«Orkizome stin antriki timi mou»


DE MPOROUN NA MAS HORISOUN (Nothing can divide us)

Christos Kyriakopoulos

«Me to voria»



Andreas Katsimitsoulias

«Na fygo, na fygo»


HARTORIHTRA (The fortune teller)

Costas Karagiannis

«Dos' mou agapi", "Ime hartorihtra fina»


O PIO KALOS O MATHITIS (The best student)

Kostas Andritsos

«Stalia – stalia»


GORGONES KE MAGKES (Mermaids and guys)

Giannis Dalianidis

«Anixe petra", "Anixe petra (finale)»


O MPLOFATZIS (Τhe bluffer)

Vasilis Georgiadis

«Pios in' aftos»


I PARIZIANA (The Parisian)

Giannis Dalianidis

«Dos' mou t' athanato nero", "Zografismena sto harti", «To megalo finale tis Parizianas»


ISAIA MI HOREVIS (No wedding dance)

Costas Karagiannis

«Pali tha klapso»


GYMNI STO DROMO (Nudes on the street)

Giannis Dalianidis

«Asteri sto parathyro", "Dio adelfia»


KRIMA TO MPOI SOU (Shame on your height)

Costas Karagiannis

«Krima to mpoi sou»

Video sampling[edit]


  1. ^ Dragoumanos, Petros (2009). Elliniki Diskografia 1950–2009 (Greek Discography 1950–2009)
  2. ^ Compilation album Marinella (Mia Agkalia Tragoudia) (Booklet), Minos EMI (Greece): 5807532, 2003
  3. ^ Compilation album Ta Logia Ine Peritta – 50 Chronia Tragoudi (Booklet), Marinella, PolyGram Greece: 1715636, 2006
  4. ^ Billboard – Rio Song Festival (October 24, 1970) by Henry Johnston
  5. ^ Billboard – Greek Act at MIDEM (February 3, 1973) by Nigel Hunter & Philip Palmer
  6. ^ Album "I Marinella Tragouda Kai Thimatai" (Booklet), BMG GreeceRCA: 66985559, 1998
  7. ^ Album "Marinella – Me Varka To Tragoudi" (Booklet), BMG GreeceRCA: 72383, 1999
  8. ^ Dalaras and Marinella make magic at Megaron (November 15, 2002) by Maria Paravantes
  9. ^ "NEW YORK TIMES – Heartache And History in a Style of the Greeks (April 3, 2003)". Nytimes.com. April 10, 2003. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  10. ^ Compilation album Ta Kinimatografika Tou Kazantzidi (Booklet), EMI (Greece): 37936924, 2006

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Mariza Koch
with Panayia Mou, Panayia Mou

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