Demis Roussos

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Artemios "Demis" Ventouris Roussos (Greek: Αρτέμιος "Ντέμης" Βεντούρης Ρούσσος, born June 15, 1946) is a Greek singer and performer who had international hit records as a solo performer in the 1970s after having been a member of Aphrodite's Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis. He has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.

Roussos was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, in a family where his father George (engineer Yorgos Roussos) was Greek and mother Nelly Mazloum was Egyptian of Italian origin. His parents lost their possessions during the Suez Crisis and consequently decided to move to Greece.

After settling in Greece, Roussos participated in a series of musical groups beginning with The Idols when he was 17, where he met Evangelos Papathanassiou (later known as Vangelis) and Loukas Sideras, his future bandmates in Aphrodite's Child. After this he joined We Five (not the San Francisco, California folk-rock group), another cover band which had limited success in Greece.

Roussos came to a wider audience in 1967 when he joined progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child, with Vangelis and Sideras, initially as a singer but later also playing bass guitar, achieving commercial success in France and other parts of Europe from 1968 to 1972. They set off for London to break into the international music scene but as a result of bad weather, the plane landed them in Paris - and they decided to stay there signing a record deal with Philips S.A. His operatic vocal style helped propel the band to international success, notably on their final album 666, which became a progressive rock cult classic.

After Aphrodite's Child disbanded, Roussos continued to record sporadically with former bandmate Vangelis. In 1970 the two released Sex Power (although the album has also been disputably credited to Aphrodite's Child), also recording the 1977 album Magic together. Their most successful collaboration was "Race To The End" (also sung in Spanish as "Tu Libertad"), a vocal adaptation of the musical theme from the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire, while Roussos also guested on the soundtrack to Blade Runner (1982), with a song entitled "Tales Of The Future".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Fire And Ice 1
1974 Auf Wiedersehn 1
1974 My Only Fascination 1
1975 Souvenirs 1
1976 Die Nacht Und Der Wein 1
1976 Happy To Be... 1
1976 Kyrila Insel Der Träume 1
1977 Ainsi soit-il 1
1978 Demis Roussos 1
1979 Universum 1
1980 Man Of The World 1
1982 Attitudes 1
1982 Profeta non sarò 1
1984 Reflection 1
1987 Glory: The Christmas Album 2
1987 Meine grossen Erfolge 1
1988 Le Grec 1
1988 Time 1
1993 Insight 1
1993 The Art of Demis Roussos and Aphrodite's Child 1
1997 Mon île 1
1998 Magic 2
1999 Auf Wiederseh'n [BR Music] 1
1999 Demis Roussos 1
2000 The Singles 1
2000 Master Series 1
2000 Goodbye My Love Goodbye 1
2000 Exitos de siempre y para siempre 1
2003 Silent Night 1
2004 Tendres Années 70 1
2006 Forever & Ever - 40 Greatest Hits 1
2006 Christmas With Demis Roussos 1
2006 Mon amour 1
2006 Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall 1
2007 Lost in Love 1
2009 Demis 2
2010 Schönes Mädchen aus Arcadia 1
Demis 1
El Album de Oro, Volume 1 1
Immortel 1
Island of Love 1
My Song of Love 1
The Golden Voice Of 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1973 Forever and Ever 2
1978 Life & Love His 20 Greatest Hits 1
1983 Greatest Hits 1
1990 The World of Demis Roussos 1
1993 Seine Größten Erfolge 1
1994 Gold 1
1995 20 Golden Hits 1

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