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 a string of 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 the well renowned Vangelis. He has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.

Roussos was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, in a family where both father George (engineer Yorgos Roussos) and mother Olga were of Greek 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.

Demis 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 big 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 distinctive operatic vocal style helped propel the band to international notoriety, 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, whilst Roussos also guested on the soundtrack to Blade Runner (1982), with a song entitled "Tales Of The Future".

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Souvenirs Demis Roussos 1
1977 Ainsi soit-il Demis Roussos 1
1980 Man Of The World Demis Roussos 1
1982 Profeta non sarò Demis Roussos 1
1984 Reflection Demis Roussos 1
1987 Glory: The Christmas Album Demis Roussos 2
1993 The Art of Demis Roussos and Aphrodite's Child Demis Roussos 1
1997 Mon île Demis Roussos 1
1998 Magic Demis Roussos 2
1999 Auf Wiederseh'n [BR Music] Demis Roussos 1
1999 Demis Roussos Demis Roussos 1
2000 The Singles Demis Roussos 1
2000 Exitos de siempre y para siempre Demis Roussos 1
2003 Silent Night Demis Roussos 1
2004 Tendres Années 70 Demis Roussos 1
2006 Christmas With Demis Roussos Demis Roussos 1
2006 Mon amour Demis Roussos 1
2006 Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall Demis Roussos 1
2007 Lost in Love Demis Roussos 1
2009 Demis Demis Roussos 2
Demis Demis Roussos 1
El Album de Oro, Volume 1 Demis Roussos 1
Immortel Demis Roussos 1
Island of Love Demis Roussos 1
My Song of Love Demis Roussos 1
The Golden Voice Of Demis Roussos 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 Forever and Ever Compilation Demis Roussos 2
1983 Greatest Hits Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1990 The World of Demis Roussos Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1993 Seine Größten Erfolge Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1994 Gold Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1995 20 Golden Hits Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1996 Morning Has Broken Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1998 The Phenomenon 1968 - 1998 Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1998 30 ans, 30 titres Compilation Demis Roussos 1
1999 Lo mejor de Compilation Demis Roussos 1
2000 Forever in Your Heart Compilation Demis Roussos 1
2001 The Best Of Compilation Demis Roussos 1
2002 Forever and Ever: The Definitive Collection Compilation Demis Roussos 1
2003 Collection Légende Compilation Demis Roussos 1
Adagio - Your Heart and Soul Compilation Demis Roussos, Barry White 1
Ballads Compilation Demis Roussos 1
Best Of Compilation Demis Roussos 1
Demis Roussos, Volume 2 Compilation Demis Roussos 1
Gold Compilation Demis Roussos 1
Greatest Hits Compilation Demis Roussos 1
The Best Of Compilation Demis Roussos 1
The Very Best Of Compilation Demis Roussos 1
The Very Best Of Compilation Demis Roussos 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 Good Bye My Love Good Bye Demis Roussos 1

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