- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2011

THESSALONIKI, GREECE (AP) - Greek singer and songwriter Manolis Rassoulis, whose quirky songs influenced a generation of contemporary Greek musicians, was found dead Sunday in this northern Greek city, Thessaloniki police said.

Rassoulis was found dead in his apartment by friends. A coroner estimated his death took place four days ago, police said.

Rassoulis was born in Heraklion on the island of Crete on September 28, 1945, but had been living in Thessaloniki since the 1970s.

A militant leftist in his youth, he became interested in oriental mysticism in later years.

Rassoulis became widely known in the late 1970s when he collaborated with composer Nikos Xydakis and various singers in a series of very popular records that emphasized the oriental roots of contemporary Greek music.

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