In 1947, Soviet ships came to Greece to take the Armenians who would want to leave and go to Armenia. Half the Armenian population of Thessaloniki and Athens left. Among them was Ninou's husband who left his wife and son behind. She met the acrobat Nikos Nikolaides "Nino" in 1944 and married him. They began to perform together as "The Duo Nino".
When her son joined the act they became "the Two-and-a-half Nino". In a performance of the Ninos, the artist Petros Kyriakos heard her singing and recommended her to Manolis Chiotis. Chiotis recorded two songs with her in 1948. In October, 1948, Stelakis Perpiniadis (Greek: Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) brought her under his wing as a singer at the Florida club. By 1949, Ninou had begun working with Vassilis Tsitsanis at Fat Jimmy's, a place that would come to play a decisive role in both their lives, with the Tsitsanis-Ninou pairing coming to possess a very special place in the history of the music of Greece. In October, 1951, Ninou performed with Tsitsanis in Istanbul, but after this trip, they decided to go their separate ways. Before heading off to the USA in 1954, she underwent a cancer operation in Athens. Nonetheless, her cancer spread rapidly in the USA and she returned to Greece where she worked under great pain for a short while before succumbing to her illness at 39 years of age. Ninou possessed a high-pitched voice of substantial body and volume and impeccable tonality, and sang with emotional intensity.
She recorded a total of 174 songs, of which 119 as lead singer. The movie Rembetiko by Costas Ferris is based on her life. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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