Vasilis Karras was not just a loved legendary Greek singer throughout the world. He was a talented mechanic early on and also finished 3 years of Dramatic Arts school. He always had a passion for becoming an actor. He entered the Guinness Book of Records, as the only European to fill 17,000 people in the Sofia Arena in Bulgaria. There were 17,000 people inside while another 6,000 people were watching on a jumbo screen outside.
The famous Vassilis Karras, passed away at the age of 70 on December 24, 2023. According to media reports by cnn.gr, and many other media outlets, Vasilis Karras died shortly after 5:00 pm (Greece time) from a stroke on Sunday, December 24. Vasilis Karras was battling Cancer for several years and had lost over 90 pounds. Media outlets have reported he had coronavirus and was being treated at the Diavalkaniko Hospital in Thessaloniki.
Vasilis Karras was born with the real name Vasilios Kesoglides, he was born on November 12, 1953 in Kokkinochori, Kavala. He was a proud Greek Pontian. He has two siblings, Damianos and Anastasia. When he was 10 he moved with his family to Thessaloniki. In 1969, at the age of 16, Vassilis Karras made his first 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 always dreamt of becoming a singer and paid to produce his first albums.
He collaborated with many famous Greek composers and lyricists, such as Dimitris Rakitzis, Foivos, Giorgos Theofanous, Alekos Chrysovergis and Spyros Giatras, Evi Droutsa, Panos Falaras, Christos Dantis, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Ilias Filippou, Michalis Hatzigiannis, Christos Nikolopoulos, and many others.
Karras did duets with many Greek singers such as Marianthi Kefala, Pyx Lax, Konstantina, Angela Dimitriou, Tolis Voskopoulos, Nikos Zoidakis, Kaiti Garbi, Despina Vandi, Elli Kokkinou, Irini Merkouri, Paola, and the late loved Pantelis Pantelidis.
Vassilis Karras was also a composer and lyricist and had written songs for many singers in Greece. It is reported that he wrote his last song in the emergency room of the hospital. May his memory be eternal. We thank Mr. Karras for all the amazing music and memories. We will forever remember him. We are sure he is singing in heaven with Pantelidis, Mitropanos, Kazantzidis, Voskopoulos, Dionisiou, Angellopoulos and many other Greek singing legends. God rest his soul.