Famous Greek Singer Demis Roussos Dies at 68

Demis roussos died on Sunday

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.

When Aphrodite’s Child broke up he continued recording and collaborated with famous artists such as Vangelis Papathanassiou in 1970 on the album “Sex Power” and in 1977 on the album “Magic.” His most successful collaboration was “Race to the End,” a vocal adaptation of the Oscar-winning “Chariots of Fire” musical theme. Furthermore, in 1982 Roussos participated as a guest artist on the soundtrack for the film “Blade Runner.”

After Aphrodite’s Child broke up, Roussos began his solo career with a song entitled “We Shall Dance.” He toured southern Europe without great success, but soon became widely known as an acclaimed singer. His career reached its peak in the 1970s.


  1. Listening to a replay of a 2008 interview on Real.gr radio with Nikos Papanikolaou, I was enthralled by this singer — his voice so familiar, yet his person so unknown to me. Then, in pursuit of learning more about the now deceased star (he expired yesterday at 68), I now know of his personal disappointment for not having penetrated the broad American musical landscape, as well as his penchant for caftans of unique style with which he had been known. May his sweet soul be bound in everlasting live. Amen.

  2. I literally rediscovered How beautiful Demis’s voice was about two weeks ago and I googled him and was so pleased that he was still with us.How sad I am to hear this news today.He will be missed so much. Jonathan,Liverpool.


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