DJ Matthew, for friends Matt, is a master of music: He knows his tunes, whatever decade it may be in the last century. Nowadays retired and loving his passion for radio. That’s why he can fill his boots at AnZoRadio. Matthew has a soft spot for German schlagers and Vicky Leandros is his all time favourite.
Born in the Dutch town of Bennekom, but with roots in city of Arnhem, he enjoys the sound of trolley buses, crime documentaries and coffee.
More on Vicky…
Vasiliki Papathanasiou (Greek: Βασιλική Παπαθανασίου; born 23 August 1949), generally known as Vicky Leandros (Greek: Βίκυ Λέανδρος), is a Greek singer living in Germany. She is the daughter of singer, musician and composer Leandros Papathanasiou (Greek: Λέανδρος Παπαθανασίου; also known as Leo Leandros as well as Mario Panas). In 1967 she achieved worldwide fame after gaining fourth place for the country of Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “L’amour est bleu”, which became a worldwide hit. She further established her career by winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 with the song “Après Toi”, again representing Luxembourg.
On 15 October 2006 Vicky Leandros was elected town councillor of the Greek harbour town of Piraeus on the Pasok list. Her task concerned the Cultural and International development of Piraeus. She was also Deputy Mayor of Piraeus. It was announced in June 2008 that Leandros decided to leave her position in Greek politics with immediate effect stating that she had underestimated the work load and time needed to fulfil her political obligations and that it had become impossible to combine those duties with her singing career.
What is Matthew’s favourite song by Vicky Leandros?
Meine Freunde Sind Die Träume (My friends are the dreams) is the first track of the album with the same name. With the label company Philips (international) and Stern Musik (West Germany) the album was launched in 1973. It is not known as her best selling album, but for fans it has more value.
Vicky was also an allowed singer in the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR). The “socialist” label Amiga brought a cassette of the album on the east market. We can only guess nowadays that an album would have been to expensive for the GDR citizens.