NANA MOUSKOURI was born in Crete on October 13, 1934. Being that her father was a projectionist and her mother a worker in the cinema, it was natural that she grew up with songs from the movies and the dream of her mother to become a singer. In the forties, her country goes through the occupation and the civil war. The numerous and disconcerting images of horror mould her personality. Introverted and full of complexes, the young Joanna, her real first name, develops a surprising determination.
Spending eight years at the Conservatory of Athens to study classical singing permitted her to find her vocation and discover that her musical universe was not limited to any one style. She made her beginnings by singing jazz on the radio. Then, she became band vocalist in the tavernas of Plaka with a repertoire mainly comprised of American Hits. In 1958, after meeting with MANOS HADJIDAKIS, leader of the Revival of the Greek song scene, he offers to compose for her. On October 3rd, 1959, he presents her at the GREEK SONG FESTIVAL where she won the first prize with "Kapou iparhi agapi mou". Within a few months, this song makes her the most popular singer in her country.
Bayon was founded in 1971 in the former GDR. The nucleus of the band consists of the two multi-instrumentalist and founding members Christoph Theusner (Guitar, flute, piano, percussion ) and Cambodian musician Sonny Thet (Cello, guitar, percussion) who studied classical music in Weimar and developed an unique style of combining the Khmer-Pentatonic with elements of Classic, Jazz and Rock. Lead by Theusner and Thet the band played with changing members a mixture of Folk, Classic, Jazz and Rock. Between 1977 and 1982 Bayon released four records for the East-German 'Amiga' label. Even so Theusner and Thet concentrated since the 80's on solo projects Bayon continues to exist and released several new records.
A demo version of this album consisted of an additional song, but was never released on its own; only a few copies were sent out for promo purposes. The band took 8 songs of this demo and considered them good enough for release as their first full-length.