a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
Melina, who was already a star in Greece as an actress in "Never on Sunday"(1960), "Phaedra" (1962) and "Topkapi" (1964) to name just a few, had just had a break-through in France with her performance in the popular TV show of Pierre Jordan. After this album she became very popular in France and released several other albums there.
Melina Mercouri was one of the fighters in the resistance against the Greek military regime during 1967 to 1974. When the regime had passed, she returned to Greece and got more and more involved in politics. She was appointed to Minister of Culture for over eight years, during which time she is known for her efforts to return the marbles of the Parthenon (now in the possession of the British Museum in London) to Athens.The Melina Mercouri Foundation, which was founded by her husband Jules Dassin after her death, keeps Melina Mercouri's visions alive.
Melina Mercouri, cherished and passionately loved by the Greek people, died on March 6th 1994.
Arrangements and Direction Musicale: V. Papathanassiou
Any of the LP's are a bit harder to find than the CD, which is still in print in Greece.
For all the lyrics of these songs, go to Vangelis and Melina Mercouri Lyrics