Vasilis Karras: Viewing in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, the funeral in his hometown on Wednesday

Vasilis Karras

Vasilis Karras died on Sunday afternoon after fighting cancer, while in the last few days, he had been diagnosed with coronavirus and was hospitalised.

The funeral of Vasilis Karras will take place in his hometown, Kokkinohori Kavala, which was also his last wish. On Tuesday, December 26, at 9 a.m., the Viewing will take place at the Holy Church of God of Wisdom until one in the afternoon.

The funeral service take place on Wednesday at noon in his hometown, Kokkinochori, where he will be buried.

The family wishes that people donate to the "Flame" Association of Parents of Children with Neoplastic Diseases instead of bringing wreaths.

The post on the official page of the Vasilis Karras Friends Association

"End of an era... The curtain fell on the greatest Greek folk singer of our time! Tonight, on the evening of December 24, 2024, Christmas Eve, our beloved Vasilis Karras left us forever.

"From today, the artist we all adored will be in the company of other greats, with Stratos, Stelios, Rita, Nikos Papazoglou, Dimitris Mitropanos... even Pantelis!

"The loss of Vassilis is great and irreparable, but we must find a way to overcome the shock and support his family! Vasilis Karras was more than a good singer, he was a great person who helped many people inside and outside of work..!

"He was giving and generous at work and life to his partners and the common people.

"Vasilis never sought self-promotion; he never put himself above colleagues, old and young. He was one of the artists who not only did not keep the world at a distance but sought contact with it.

"That is why, at his own urging, he was born and grew one of the biggest fan clubs in Greece, if not the biggest and its door and arms were always open!!! We used to spend the night in the dressing room, and when he saw us, he would say hello to my children!!!

"His embrace was equally open to new and old colleagues; it is no coincidence that he built strong friendships in the field!!!

"In the last year and a half, he fought a strong but uneven battle with cancer. He fought it very bravely, being fully aware of his condition from the first moment! Vassilis Karras may be gone, but he's still here...! It will always be here!!!

"Through his songs and the memories we built all these years! We made the best trips with him and will always make them with him! We are proud and honoured that he gave us the right to meet and represent him!

"We make a sacred promise to continue to present the artistic work and the legacy he left us so that the next generations will get to know him through our experiences!!! Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones!

"His remains will be placed in a public pilgrimage on Tuesday, 26/12, at the Holy Church of Agia Sophia in Thessaloniki from 09:00 to 1:00 pm.

"The burial will take place in his hometown, Kokkinohori Kavala, on Wednesday, 27/12, at noon with the anti-wreath family to support the Floga Children's Association.


Who was Vasilis Karras

Vasilis Karras was born in Kokkinochori, Kavala, and at the age of 10, he went with his family to Thessaloniki. In 1969, at 16, he made his first musical appearance at the nightclub "Prosfygas" in Evosmos, Thessaloniki.

At the same time, he worked as a car mechanic, his second great love after singing. He had also worked in the engine room of OSE in Thessaloniki, a fact reflected in his song "Ego agapi mou, ego".

He started his professional career in Thessaloniki. The records have gone gold and platinum, while his most tremendous commercial success was the record "You Made Me a Tramp", which sold over 180,000 copies, with lyrics and music by Michalis Rakintzis.

He had collaborated with composers and lyricists, such as Dimitris Rakitzis Foivos, George Theofanous, Alekos Chrysovergis and Spyros Giatras, Evi Droutsa, Panos Falaras, Christos Dantes, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Ilias Filippou, Michalis Hatzigiannis, Christos Nikolopoulos and many others.

He had done duets with many singers, such as Marianthi Kefala, Pyx Lax, Konstantina, Angela Dimitriou, Tolis Voskopoulos, Nikos Zoidakis, Kaiti Garbi, Despina Vandi, Elli Kokkinu, Irini Merkouri, Paola, Pantelis Pantelidis as well as with George Kakosao.

He had worked with most of them in live programs. He was also a composer and lyricist and had written songs for many Greek singers.

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