Vicky Moscholiou (Greek: Βίκυ Μοσχολιού, ˈvici mosxoˈʎu, 23 May 1943 - 16 August 2005), born in Metaxourgeio in Athens, was a Greek singer. On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked Moscholiou the 13th top-certified female artist in the nation's phonographic era (since 1960).
Vicky Moscholiou was born during the German Occupation of Greece, a time of hardship and privation. Her family lived in one room. Her father worked in the vegetable market, and her mother suffered from consumption and received a small allowance. They managed to scrape together the money for a plot of land in Upper Agia Varvara and build a home there. Two more children followed, a brother and sister.
"Agia Varvara then, and especially where we lived, was empty. A few houses, endless fields, and quite a few gypsies with their bears and their songs. There was great poverty but I liked it there. I'd wander around barefoot all day, run, play with the other children, fall, hurt myself, get up and do the same all over again. There was however civility and compassion, a feeling for others which I think has slowly vanished with the years."
Her grandfather and grandmother worked at the National Theatre of Greece. He did the lighting, she the costumes. Vicky would go with her grandfather and watch the shows. She dreamed of being an actress, but ended up a singer.
Her first break came in 1962 through the intervention of her cousin Effie Linda. Grigoris Bithikotsis remembers how she came to him and asked him to audition Vicky when he was rehearsing for a season at Vasilis Cheilas' club Triana. They arranged a time but Bithikotsis arrived late and nearly missed her.
"You know, if I'd been stopped by traffic lights that afternoon, Vicky Moscholiou might not have become a singer. Listen then: I go through a red light, arrive outside Triana, park my car and see a girl and a woman leaving. Afterwards I learnt it was her mother. The young girl recognised me." Mr Bithikotsis, I'm Vasiliki, Vicky Moscholiou, about whom my cousin told you. Mr Kostas Papadopoulos and the musicians in the band listened to me and they told me I wouldn't do.
Come inside, I said to her, so that I can listen to you as well.
So we went inside again, and she and her mother sat down. As soon as I approached the stage Kostas Papadopoulos said to me, "The girl sings out of tune..."
Let me hear her as well, I said.
She sang two songs--I forget which--and I realised that her voice was different...
Thanks to Bithikotsis Vicky was hired to perform at the "Triana". However this was only a small start. Vicky was given a song to sing occasionally, and acknowledges that she learnt much from Bithikotsis and Doukissa with whom she worked.
Career & Commercial Success:
She rose to fame in 1964 with Stavros Xarhakos' song "Hathike to feggari" (The Moon is Lost), which was composed for the movie Lola. According to Bithikotsis, the composer Xarhakos told Bithikotsis he needed a singer with a different kind of voice for a particular song. Bithikotsis suggested he try Vicky, and took her along to be auditioned. However Giorgos Zampetas remembers things differently.
"One day Stavros Xarhakos came to the shop. Lambropoulos had instructed him to get Moscholiou to sing a song in a film. He fancied her a lot. We regarded her as just a 200 drachma singer. I took 850 drachmas and Bithikotsis--I don't know. And he takes Moscholiou to record and me to play bouzouki."
She continued with collaborations with Giorgos Zambetas, Manos Eleutheriou (el), Giorgos Katsaros, Akis Panou, and Loukianos Kilaidonis, among other well-known composers and songwriters. Songs she is famous for include "Paei, paei", "Aliti", "Pou pas choris agapi", "Nautis bgike sti steria", "Ta deilina", "Oi metanastes", "Anthropoi monachoi", and many more.
Two of her hits gave their names to night clubs in Athens, "Deilina" (Afternoons) and "Ximeromata" (Daybreaks). She was one of the first in Greece to sing both in night clubs and concerts, and she has also sung in the royal courts of Greece, Persia and Jordan. She was also one of the first entertainers to sing in aid of Cyprus.
In 1967, she married the soccer legend Mimis Domazos, although later they divorced. They had two daughters, Evangelia and Rania.
She died in Athens in 2005 following a two-year battle with cancer, leaving a legacy of truly significant cultural achievements.
In 2008, following a public dispute between Vicky's two daughters, the villa she lived in was sold fully furnished to the wealthy goldsmith Panagiotis Stylianoudis and his spouse Villy Kamarinopoulou.
In 2010, a close collaborator of Vicky, Areti Gordon, decided to release a book with her life unforgettable singer, without the consent of her family. So her daughters Vicky Moscholiou learned from the Greek magazine "Life & Style", that is to be released book titled, "I remember Vicky Moscholiou." The book describes the marketing of Moscholiou Vicky, the love, of friendships, of the battle with cancer. The daughters wanted to be informed before this decision, but something is not done and not even bothered to report their decision on the house of their mother. So they sent in non-contentious Areti Gordon for disclosure of their mother's life.
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