Famous Greek Singer Demis Roussos Dies At 68

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 19 February 2015
Famous Greek Singer Demis Roussos Dies At 68

Internationally-acclaimed Greek singer Demis Roussos died early morning on Sunday January 25, 2015. Artemios “Demis” Ventouris Roussos was born June 15, 1946 and 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 his family settled in Greece, Roussos participated in various music bands, starting with The Idols at the age of 17 years.

He became widely known in 1968 with the band Aphrodite’s Child, as a vocalist and later as the bassist. His distinctive vocal style launched the international career of the band, especially after his participation in their “666” album.

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By Ioanna Zikakou