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Demis Roussos - The Soundtrack to Summer Forever and Ever.

Updated on May 27, 2015

Demis - Summer Island Music

Album Cover - Amazon
Album Cover - Amazon

'When Forever Has Gone ...' Sad News - January 2015

BBC announces death of Demis Roussos.
BBC announces death of Demis Roussos.

Summer in the '70s

I remember the 1970s with great affection.

The UK seemed to enjoy better, warmer, sunnier summers back then!

Plus, of course, I was enjoying the carefree days of my youth!

I loved a lot of the music ~ especially that which complemented those long hot summer days!

And one performer, who truly seemed to provide the soundtrack for summer, was the singing phenomenon, Demis Roussos. His high lilting, 'warbling' voice complemented the season perfectly ~ and still does!

At the time, Demis had dark eyes, under expressive brows, with a dark moustache and long thick dark curling hair. His heavy build meant that he often wore kaftans.

Now he is slimmer and greyer, but his eyes still express his love of the music and the songs , which he performs, with ease, in a number of languages ~ and with a number of well-known guest partners, including Nana Mouskouri.

Some of his greatest hits were recorded in the decade that was the 1970s, but he continues to release popular albums ~ including some Christmas albums.

He was ~ and still is ~ one of my great favourites!

There are a number of sites, providing information, interviews, biographies, etc, for Demis Roussos ~ and they have helped me greatly with this item. Many thanks to them! They are noted in the 'links' section.

I hope that you will enjoy sharing some of Demis Roussos's music, with me, on this hub!

Tricia Mason

Demis Roussos - Then and Now

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COVER - amazon

Demis Roussos

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Who Is Demis Roussos?

Demis Roussos is a larger-than-life singing phenomenon from Greece.

Many of his songs have a lovely summery feel to them, so it is not surprising to learn that he was a summer baby ~ born on 15th June, 1946.

Though he is of Greek ancestry, both he and his parents were actually born in Egypt. (In the ancient Greek city of Alexandria, according to Wikipedia.).

His full name is Artemios Ventouris Roussos; son of Olga and George Roussos; brother of Costas Roussos. This was the family, which was residing in Egypt, when the Suez crisis erupted in 1961, and they decided to ~ very quickly ~ go home to Greece. They had to leave many of their belongings behind.

Demis was in his mid teens.

Aphrodites Child - Rain and Tears

Aphrodites Child

Aphrodites Child

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Album Cover

Musical History: 'Aphrodites Child' and Other Bands

Demis studied music and learned to play piano, bass and trumpet. By the mid sixties, he and his band, were earning money, entertaining tourists, and others, in Athens hotels.

Later, Demis also started to sing for the customers. According to various 'bios', he was particularly associated with the song 'The House of the Rising Sun'. The two main groups that he was involved with were 'The Idols' and'We Five'.

But his big break came after meeting Vangelis Papathanassiou, in 1966, when he joined the group that would first make him famous ~ 'Aphrodite's Child'. (Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is the Roman equivalent of Venus, and possibly equivalent to the Phoenicia goddess, Astarte.)

Vangelis Papathanassiou, Demis Roussos, Loukas Sideras and Anargyros Koulouris formed the band 'Aphrodite's Child' in 1967. The following year, they went to London, whence they travelled to Paris, where they recorded probably their best-known their hit: "Rain And Tears". Demis Roussos was the vocalist. Success continued with more hit records and concerts.

Other recordings followed. Then, when the album "666" was in its way to completion, Mr Roussos, now married with a child, went solo ~ though he continued to work with his bandmates, and with Vangelis, on and off, over the years.

According to 'demislegrec.com', he sold two million records in his first year as a solo recording artist!

Demis Roussos - Forever and ever

The Greek Side

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Album Cover

Going Solo - The Roussos Phenomenon

The first solo LP, "On the Greek Side of My Mind" ("Fire and Ice") came out in 1971 It followed the success of his single "We Shall Dance".

Another big hit was "My Reason", in 1972. The single, ''Forever and Ever", was another huge hit, as was the album of the same name ~ and as were several other tracks from that same album, like "Goodbye My Love Goodbye" and "Velvet Mornings".

The Roussos Phenomenon, a BBC TV programme, added to his popularity. In the UK, Demis Roussos really was a phenomenon, with his music regularly reaching the top of the charts. He was also popular all over Europe, and he worked in America and Australia.

In 1975, his son was born.

"Lost In Love" was his big hit of 1980.

Demis Roussos - Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun

International Influence and Success

The music for which Demis Roussos is known, and has been known, is often influenced by Greek, Byzantine, Arabic and other folk sounds, of the Mediterranean and elsewhere. Indeed, his music has a very international flavour.

There have also been religious influences. He was once a member of a
Greek Byzantine Church choir. In a 1994 interciew he said: "Jesus Christ preached love, I sing about love, so… and at the moment I am the only variety artist to sing in churches." [http://www.demislegrec.com/anglais/interview.html]

the Most Famous Greek Male Singer in the World

Demis Roussos has achieved immense success, in every part of the world ~ topping the charts, making millions of sales and winning awards ~ and he continues to sing, record, release albums, give concerts ~ and entertain. there are simply too many albums to mention!

He may not be a megastar of the English charts these days, but he is still very popular; his music still sells very well; he still wows an audience at various venues.

Roussos has also written a book: "A Question of Weight" was published in 1982.

He is probably the most famous Greek male singer in the world.

And his voice is still the ultimate sound of summer.

Demis Roussos - When Forever Has Gone

Plane Hi-Jack in 1985 - Quotes

'1985 ..... was the year in which an exceptional event was to leave a deep and lasting mark on Demis. On June 14 he was the victim of a plane hijacking w.... Shocked by this traumatising experience and having brushed with death, Demis realised just how precious and beautiful life is.'

http://www.demislegrec.com/anglais/biographie.html

'Demis flew from Athens to Rome on July 14, 1985. Their plane was hijacked and Demis was kept hostage in Beirut for five days. Although the English press at the time praised Demis for "singing his way to freedom" (the hijackers actually celebrated his birthday with him and let him free because he was indeed Demis), it was quite apparent that the incident had left Demis shaken ..'

http://www.elsew.com/data/roussos.htm

Demis Roussos

Album / DVD Cover - Amazon
Album / DVD Cover - Amazon

Demis Roussos Greatest Hits

My Favourites

I bought a number of Demis Roussos singles ~ including 'Forever and Ever', and I was given an album (vinyl) for my 21st birthday. Unfortunately, I lost that a few years later, in a burglary, but I have now replaced it with a CD.

I also have The Roussos Phenomenon on DVD and CD.

Some of my favourite songs are:

"O Can't say how much I love you"

"Goodbye My Love Goodbye"

"Velvet Mornings".

''Forever and Ever"

"Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun"

"When Forever Has Gone"

"Lost In Love"

1970s Pop Music

Demis Roussos

Covers - Amazon
Covers - Amazon

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    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      3 years ago from The English Midlands

      And now we have to say a sad farewell as Demis Roussos has died in Athens.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30984...

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      5 years ago from The English Midlands

      Ciao Teresa! :)

      He does has a beautiful voice. I have been listening to him quite recently, as my son plays his CDs in the car :)

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      teresa palmisciano Italia 

      5 years ago

      demis roussos voce bellissima x sognare ad occhi aperti e ricordare i bei tempi . CIAO A TUTTI

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Ethel, Thanks for dropping by :)

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      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      A great homage hub. I was never a fan but hubby was

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Tina / Thougtforce :)

      Thank you for your kind words!

      I am very glad that you enjoyed the music :)

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for this wonderful hub and when I listen to the songs I remember the 1970s. Forever and ever is a classic that still works. I haven't heard his music for so many years but I remember every word. Thank you for some great music, a hub well done and for bringing back memories to me.

      Rated up, bookmarked.

      Tina

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Diogenes / Bob :)

      He does have a very unusual voice ~ I think that I'd call it romantic.

      Thanks for reading!

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      diogenes 

      7 years ago

      What a lovely article Trish, I can tell you are an incurable romantic! He has an extraordinary voice, like no other. Almost operatic. He triggers yearnings in me of times perhaps better forgotten...Bob

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Lilian :)

      Good to hear that you are a fellow fan :)

      Thank you for stopping by :)

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Schatzie :)

      I am surprised that you hadn't heard Demis Roussos and I am really pleased that you like him :)

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      lilian1 

      7 years ago from Hertfordshire England

      I love Demis Roussos too so glad he is still performing in fact I will probably order a CD soon !! Great singer :)

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      Pilar Floyd 

      7 years ago

      I have never heard Demis Roussos before reading your hub. But I love him! There's nothing I enjoy more than expanding my musical library, so thank you for writing this hub and posting these videos!

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thanks Eiddwen :)

      I think that 'Goodbye My Love Goodbye' is one of the best!

      Glad you liked it :)

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Trish,

      Thank you for this brilliant hub.

      I have Goodbye My Love Goodbye playing now as I am writing this comment.

      I am bookmarking plus voting up/awesome/beautiful for this one.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Londonlady :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting :)

      Queen? ~ They were very talented, but not really favourites of mine :)

      very pleased that you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Laura Writes 

      7 years ago

      This is a great hub! I'm surprised you didn't mention Queen though. Didn't their first album launch in 1973? I think so. If there is any band that a 5year old could be obsessed with, it would be Queen (I know by experience haha). Great selection of songs. Voted up and awesome!

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