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September 8, 1946|
|Years active||1963 - current|
1. Grażyna Adamus (divorced)|
2. Halina Żytkowiak (divorced)
3. Ewa Krawczyk
|Children||4 (1 son, 3 daughters)|
|Genres||Pop, country, tango, dance, rhythm and blues, disco polo|
|Labels||Pronit, Polskie Nagrania Muza, Wifon, TRC Records, PZ Tesco, Sonic, Brawo, Omega, Snake's Music, Hallmark Records, Credo Records, Intersound, Marfix, Koch International Poland, PolyPop/PolyGram Polska, Pomaton EMI, Point Music, Selles, Fan Music, Gama, GM Music, Zic Zac/BMG Poland, Accord Song, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Poland, Agencja Artystyczna MTJ, Warner Music Poland|
|Associated acts||Trubadurzy, Goran Bregović|
Krzysztof January Krawczyk [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf ˈkraft͡ʂɨk] (born September 8, 1946 in Katowice) is a Polish baritone pop singer, a guitarist and composer. He was the vocalist of a popular Polish band, Trubadurzy (English translation: Troubadours), from 1963 to 1973 when he started his solo career. He was co-founder of the Post-secondary School of Stage Art in Łódź. His creative activity in the area of music is characterized by a combination of various music genres such as rock and roll, country music and rhythm & blues. His album To co w życiu ważne reached number one on the Polish Music Charts.
Krawczyk learned to play the guitar on his own, whereas his vocal abilities were practised when he attended secondary school of music in Łódź. However, he had to quit his musical studies and become an errand-boy, because his father, an actor, died and his mother suffered from depression. He was the only member of the family to earn a living.
In 1963 he founded, together with Ryszard Poznakowski, Marian Lichtman, Sławomir Kowalewski and Halina Żytkowiak, one of the best known Polish beat music bands of the 1960s, Trubadurzy, who combined elements of rock with Polish folk music.
Ten years after that band's establishment, Krawczyk started his solo career. In the 1970s he recorded several successful songs such as Parostatek (The steamship), Pokochaj moje marzenia (Love my dreams), Pamiętam Ciebie z tamtych lat (I remember you from those years) or Ostatni raz zatańczysz ze mną (You'll dance with me that last time). He had numerous performances at festivals in Opole, Sopot and Kołobrzeg. He also toured in all the countries of the Warsaw Pact as well as in Sweden, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland. His work of the 1970s was considered to be kitsch by some critics. Nevertheless, his songs of that time have been genuinely popular to this day.
He collaborated with a famous cabaret performer, Bohdan Smoleń. They released several humoristic songs around 1985, e.g. Mężczyzna po czterdziestce (The man in his forties) and Dziewczyny, które mam na myśli that borrowed melodies from Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias' To all the girls I loved before (1984). All these songs were very different from what he had performed before.
In 1981 Krawczyk moved to the U.S. to perform and to record an album in Indianapolis for TRC Records. The 1982 LP, "From a Different Place", was distributed nationally; a single, "Solidarity", received heavy airplay in several cities, especially Chicago. John Cascella, later to become John Mellencamp's keyboardist, composed many of the songs on the album, which was produced by Gary Schatzlein. For U.S. audiences, Krawczyk's name was shortened and Anglicized to "Krystof".
While in the U.S., Krawczyk's wife Ewa helped him overcome addictions to alcohol and drugs. After a return to Poland in the mid 1980s, he underwent tonsil surgery and spent one year living in Kolobrzeg to recover his voice. In 1988, he was driving his family and fell asleep behind the wheel. As a result, he suffered numerous injuries that required long months of therapy. In the 1990s, he was in the US again. He returned to Poland in 1994. When he encountered lack of interest from esteemed music producers, he got involved in the disco polo business. He later admitted that this decision helped him to survive the "hard times", because the albums he made at that time were very successful. However, this did not protect him against constant criticism. In the late 1990s Krawczyk changed his image from a "discotheque playboy" to a mature middle-aged artist who propagated family values. In this way, he successfully came back on stage with such hits like Jestem sobą (I'm myself), Wiarygodny (The credible) or Bo jesteś Ty (Because you are). He has sung with other artists, such as Andrzej Piaseczny, Edyta Bartosiewicz, Muniek Staszczyk, Goran Bregović and Rod Stewart.
He has been married three times. His first wife was Grażyna Adamus, whom he knew from school, but that marriage lasted only a short time. He has a grown-up son with his second wife, Halina Żytkowiak. At present, Krawczyk lives in a small village of Grotniki near Łódź with his third wife, Ewa, as well as their three daughters whom they adopted. Krawczyk has said that he "lived without God" for 20 years, but is now a devout believer.
- Krajobrazy (1968, Gold album)
- Ej Sobótka, Sobótka (1969, Gold album)
- Kochana (1970, Gold album)
- Zaufaj sercu (1971, Gold album)
- Będziesz Ty (1973, Gold album)
- Znowu razem (1973, Gold album)
- Szatan z siódmej klasy (1960)
- Polowanie na muchy (1969)
- Zawodowcy - performance of songs (1975)
- Próba ognia i wody - plays the role of himself (1978)
- Nakręceni, czyli szołbiznes po polsku - plays the role of himself (2003)
- Sie macie ludzie - plays the role of himself (2004)
- "Hits of the World: Poland". Billboard. 116 (37): 45. 11 September 2004. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
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