[MGSA-L] Greek songs *from* Israel

George Baloglou gbaloglou at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 01:50:41 PST 2012

2012/1/19 Pavlos Andronikos <andronikos at iinet.net.au>:

> I didn't realise this was a test, George. :)
> If there is a Greek version of “Erev Shel Shoshanim” I don’t think I have
> heard it, so I fail the test, but thanks for directing us to a lovely song.
> It was also covered by Nana Mouskouri I see.

The last sentence is a key that everybody missed: even though youtube
fails to make the connection*, it was Nana who sang a Greek version of
"Erev Shel Shoshanim", to lyrics of Nikos Gatsos, and with her former
husband Yoryos Petsilas listed as the composer (in
for example) -- it's "The Black Eagle", from the LP "Σπίτι μου σπιτάκι
μου" (1972), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVA5CjSO0Gk (posted only
in 2010, by KainourgiaToraZoi, with translation in Italian by Gian
Piero Testa).

*youtube has failed to connect the Greek version to the Israeli
original, but a youtube commenter and devoted fan of Nana Mouskouri
from Rio de Janeiro nicknamed odisseus20dx has not ("Essa música
copiou o ritmo da música hebraica "Erev Shel Shoshanim""); Nana has
also sung it in Hebrew**, as Pavlos already noticed, see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gdahr9actE -- anyone familiar with
"The Black Eagle" would instantly make the connection, me thinks.
[Well, apparently not a big hit in Greece: probably no match for the
original, but still an old personal favorite -- the trip from
'poignant' Yarkoni to 'cheerful' Mouskouri took me a couple of minutes
of torment :-) ]

**and so have done Miriam Makeba (as already pointed out) and Harry
Belafonte: "Erev Shel Shoshanim" did not take a direct flight from
Israel to Greece :-)


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