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Marek Gaszyński, journalist and music presenter, is dead. He was the creator of “Dream about Warsaw”

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Journalist and music presenter Marek Gaszyński, author of over 150 songs, died on Sunday morning. He was 83 years old. Information about the death was provided by his wife, Anna Gaszyńska.

“Despite caring care, Marek Gaszyński died in the hospital today at 4.30. He lost the fight against the disease. He loved music, loved life and the company of friends. A wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather died. He devoted his entire professional life to Polish Radio” – she told PAP Anna Gaszyńska.

He started at Radio Scouts

Marek Gaszyński was born on June 14, 1939 in Warsaw. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the University of Warsaw. As a journalist, he started at Rozglo Scouts, with which he was associated from 1958 to 1962. Later, he started working at Polish Radio. He prepared music broadcasts, he was also the author of articles devoted to this subject in the daily and music press.

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In 1964, he began to write song lyrics, the first to be mentioned is the song “Did you know” to the music of Czesław Niemen. Gaszyński was also the author of the text of one of the artist’s most famous songs – “Dream about Warsaw”, currently the unofficial anthem of Legia Warszawa fans.

Marek Gaszyński was 83 years old Jan Bogacz/PAP

Lyrics for over 150 songs

Works to Gaszyński’s texts were also sung by other popular performers, including Red Gitary (“Don’t get your nose up”, “I’m looking for that spring”), Wojciech Gąssowski (“Where did those parties go”), Breakout (“Calling across the Dunajec”), Marcel’s Gang (“Father lived as he wanted”) and Halina Frąckowiak (“Don’t look back at me”). In total, Gaszyński wrote the lyrics for over 150 songs.

Songs with his texts were released on the albums “Marek Gaszyński Presents His Hits” (1993) and “40 Years with Polish Radio and Song” (2003).

Marek GaszyńskiMaciej Belina Brzozowski/PAP

Honored for his activity

From 2006 to 2007, Gaszyński was the president of Radio for You. A year later, his 13-syllable poem “Pan Tadeusz Jazz, or Landscape After Battle. The History of Polish Jazz from 1945–1959 in Six Books in Verse” was published.

In 2011, his debut novel “The Theory of Justified Crime” was published. He is also the author of other publications such as Music I Like, Riddles – Entertainment Music and The Wonder Years. My History of Rock and Roll in Poland.

Gaszyński’s activities were awarded with several decorations. In 2005, he was awarded the bronze medal, in 2013 – the silver medal, and in 2020 – the gold medal “For Merit to Culture – Gloria Arti”. In 2015, he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for “outstanding contributions to the development of Polish Radio”.

Main photo source: Tomasz Gzell/PAP

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