Nana Mouskouri celebrates its 87 years old October 13! The singer with hundreds of millions of albums sold speaks six languages, has been MEP from 1995 to 1999 (but ceased this activity to devote himself to music), settled in Switzerland, participated in l’Eurovision… Always equipped with her charming glasses, the artist has lived a thousand and one lives. Find out everything you (maybe) didn’t know about Nana Mouskouri…
Nana Mouskouri: how she discovered singing
Ioánna Moúskhouri was born October 13, 1934 in Chania, Crete, raised by a father who works as projectionist in a cinema and an mother who is there opener. She was only three years old when her family moved to Athens. Ioánna was three years old when her family moved to Athens. While Nazi Germany occupies Greece, his father is part of the resistance movement in Athens.
From her earliest childhood, little Ioánna shows a true artistic fiber and excels at singing. I have to say that his voice is special, since one of his vocal cords has a congenital thickening. Her father builds her a small transistor in which she listens to American songs, and she enjoys sing in the empty cinema hall where his father works.
Her parents wanted her to be an opera singer
Nana Mouskouri’s parents wanted her to become a real singer. But the future has decided otherwise. “They were sad I have become popular singer, who began his career in bars and nightclubs. But one day, Maria callas reassured me: ‘It is better that you are a good popular singer than a bad singer’. She asked me to sing her songs from her childhood and that made me happy“she told the Parisian.
Nana Mouskouri participated in Eurovision Song Contest
In 1962, while Nana Mouskouri had already traveled well across the world, she recorded in the United States l’album The Girl from Greece Sings, produced by Quincy Jones, then, a year later, she represented Luxembourg at l’Eurovision with his song By dint of praying, which ranks eighth out of sixteen countries.
Nana Mouskouri has been criticized for …
At the start of her career, the singer suffered many reviews for his physique, and especially its binoculars screwed onto the nose. “I was one of the first to wear it and I was often asked to remove them. I never did it because I’m nearsighted, it’s not for give me a style. And then it protected me a bit because I’m shy. Glasses over time have been part of my face“, she recalled in the Parisian.
Marriage, divorce and children
Nana Mouskouri marries the musician and producer Geórgios Petsilás in 1961 and gave birth to their two children, Nicolas and Hélène Petsilas, nicknamed Lénou. But in 1975, the couple divorce. “I regret having divorced my two children. But without that, I wouldn’t have made a career. My ex-husband wanted to go back to Greece, but I was not ready to give up music“, had entrusted the singer to Time. Quickly, she falls into the arms of her producer André Chapelle, with whom she did not marry until decades later … in 2003.
Nana Mouskouri : son grand regret
Nana Mouskouri regrets not having spent more time with his children, when they were younger. “I would sit on the sofa and while they were playing, I would fall asleep… And the next day I took the plane to sing. I wanted to have kids, but maybe I was a little unconscious“, she had declared on The sofa by Marc-Olivier Fogiel.
She is one of the Swiss fortunes
With his husband producer, she moved to Switzerland and in 2007 entered the list of the 300 richest people living in Switzerland, with an estimated fortune of between 100 and 200 million Swiss francs.
Nana Mouskouri is multilingual
Nana Mouskouri speaks no less of six languages, Greek (his mother tongue), French, Spanish, German, English and Italian.
She will never “stop”
The singer does not count bow out anytime soon. At least, not before he breathed his last. “I think that I will never stop. Josephine Baker fell when she left the stage … very beautiful death. I don’t want to die on stage, because it’s very hard for the audience that loves you, but in the backstage… I would like to leave before the people I love“, she confided to Parisian.