Lefteris Pantazis
Lefteris Pantazis who is often called by the nickname LEPA by the media and his fans
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, is a famous Greek singer. He was born Eleftherios Pagkozidis (Λευτέρης Παγκοζίδης) on 27 March 1955 to Pontic Greek
Pontic Greeks
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 parents in Tashkent
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, Uzbekistan
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, in the USSR. His parents repatriated
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 to Greece
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 as refugees in the 1960s.

He began singing professionally in the mid-1970s and his first record was distributed in 1979. His songs belong to a genre
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 that cannot precisely be described and in Greek it is called skiladiko
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 (σκυλάδικo) or laika [λαικά]. His music
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 combines elements of traditional
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Country music
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 folk music
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 and modern pop
Pop music
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. Some of his best known hits include: 'Εχω τρελάνει το Θεό' (I've driven God insane), 'Το Ωραιότερο Πλάσμα Του Κόσμου' (The most beautiful creature in the world).


His discography includes:
  • 1979 Οι μεγάλες μου επιτυχίες (My greatest hits)
  • 1980 Αγαπιόμαστε (We love each other)
  • 1981 Πάλι μόνοι (Lonely again)
  • 1982 Δύο λέξεις (Two words)
  • 1983 Μια ζωή ερωτευμένος (A life in love)
  • 1984 Δέστε μ' αλυσίδες την καρδιά μου (Tie my heart in chains)
  • 1984 Θα φύγω μόνος (I'll leave alone)
  • 1986 Σε νοσταλγώ (I think about you)
  • 1987 Και μη χαθούμε, Μια βραδιά στη Φαντασία (Let's keep in touch, One night at the Fantasia)
  • 1988 Εκείνη, Μια βραδιά στη Φαντασία 2 (Her, One night at the Fantasia 2)
  • 1989 Ταραχή, Μια βραδιά στον Πανταζή, (Turmoil, One night at Pantazis')
  • 1990 Υπάρχει κανείς; (Anybody there?)
  • 1991 Τηλεπάθεια, Συμμετοχή με Μίμη Πλέσσα (Telepathy, with Mimi Plessa)
  • 1992 Θέλεις;, Θυμισέ μου τ' όνομά σου, Μια βραδιά στα μπουζούκια (Would you like? Remind me of your name, One night at the bouzoukia)
  • 1993 Σαλονικιώτικο φεγγάρι, Εγώ δεν είμαι εγώ (Salonikan moon, I am not here)
  • 1994 Ο παίχτης,Τα χρυσά σουξέ (The player, The golden soukse)
  • 1995 Δικαίωμά μου, Live at must club (My right)
  • 1996 Eλεύθερος, Εμπειρίες, Ο ΛΕΠΑ τραγουδάει Ζαμπέτα (Free, Experiences, LEPA sings at the Zambeta)
  • 1997 Έρχεται (They are coming)
  • 1998 Θάλασσα, Αν μ'αγαπάς (Sea, If you love me)
  • 1999 Δε θα με δει κανείς να κλαίω (Nobody will see me cry)
  • 2000 Ότι καλύτερο, φιλάκια (Whatever's best, kisses)
  • 2001 Στον έβδομο ουρανό, Ένα αστέρι στ' αστέρια (To the seventh sky, One star in the stars)
  • 2002 Κάτι τρέχει, Για πρώτη φορά (Something's going on, For the first time)
  • 2003 Le cabaret (The cabaret)
  • 2004 1000 βανίλια (1000 vanilla)
  • 2005 Άλλος άνθρωπος, Συμμετοχή με master tempo (Another person, with Master Tempo)
  • 2006 Άντζελα Δημητρίου - Λευτέρης Πανταζής 72 live επιτυχίες (Angela Dimitriou - Lefteris Pantazis 72 live hits)

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years active = 1960s-2006
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