Vangelis (Greek composer of electronic, new age and classical)
Born Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou in Vòlos, Greece.
In 1974, Vangelis was considered as a replacement keyboardist for Rick Wakeman in Yes. According to Atlantic Records’ president Phil Carsons, “Jon and I went to Paris to try and get him to join the group. He was an amazing character. As I recall, he has a Daimler limousine with a female chauffeur. We had a great meeting with him in this bizarre apartment where he was surrounded by young women. He also had an archery target set up in the living room of this huge room. During the conversation he kept loosing off arrows which flew across the crowded room and always hit the centre of the target! Anyway we talked him into giving it a try. He came over to London and tried out with Yes but it didn’t really gel. One of the problems was Vangelis wouldn’t get on a plane and wouldn’t fly anywhere and Yes were about go on tour”.
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου [evˈaɲɟelos oðiˈseas papaθanaˈsiu]; born 29 March 1943) is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music under the artist name Vangelis /væŋˈɡɛlɨs/. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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