|Genres:||Pop / Rock Vocals World|
|Tags:||pop greek 70s romantic easy listening demis roussos|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Artemios Ventouris Roussos, 15 June 1946, Alexandria, Egypt. This multi-lingual Greeks father was a semi-professional classical guitarist, and his mother a singer. At music college in Athens, Roussos mastered trumpet, double bass, organ and bouzouki. These talents were put to commercial use in the Idols and We Five, early Greek pop bands that enjoyed local commercial success in the early to mid-60s. Roussos then found widespread European success with Aphrodites Child, formed by Roussos, Vangelis Papathanassiou (who later enjoyed international acclaim as Vangelis), Anargyros Silver Koulouris and Lucas Sideras. The groups first single was 1968s million-selling Rain And Tears, and later European hits included I Want To Live and Let Me Love, Let Me Live, characterised by Roussos strident, quasi-operatic vocals.
Roussos began a career as a solo vocalist before...