Sotiria Bellou escaped a broken marriage and moved to Athens at the beginning of the war in 1940. She joined the Resistance with EAM and participated in the fights of Dekemvriana and the Battle of Athens. In 1943, she was arrested, tortured, and exiled. After the end of the German occupation and the Civil War, she became the grande dame of the rebetiko song. All famous songwriters entrusted her with their songs, which she performed with her characteristic, hoarse voice.