الأربعاء، 28 يناير، 2015

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, the Hygeia Hospital in Athens has confirmed to the BBC. He was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including Forever and Ever, Goodbye and Quand je t'aime. He was also a member of progressive rock group Aphrodite's Child. Roussos was renowned for his off-screen role in Mike Leigh's 1977 TV play Abigail's Party, having provided the party's soundtrack. He had been in the private hospital with an undisclosed illness for some time, and died surrounded by his family His Aphrodite's Child bandmate Vangelis paid tribute in a statement that begins: "Demis my friend. "I have just arrived in London and I've been told that you decide to take the long voyage, I'm shocked because I can't believe that this happened so soon. "Nature gave you this magic voice of yours which made millions of people around the world very happy." Demis Roussos
Roussos was as famous for his outfits as his music He added: "As for me, I keep those special memories that we share together those early days and I wish you to be happy wherever you are." He signed off with the words: "Goodbye my friend goodbye. Love Vangelis." Greek singer Nana Mouskouri paid tribute on French radio RTL: "He had a superb voice, he travelled in the world ... he loved what he was doing. "He was an artist, a friend. I hope he is in a better world." Finding fame The singer was born Artemios Ventouris Roussos in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1946, to a Greek father and Egyptian mother of Italian origin. He was raised there until his parents moved to Greece in the early 60s after losing their possessions during the Suez Crisis. Roussos began his music career at 17, when he joined the a band called The Idols, where he met Vangelis. Aphrodite's Child produced three albums including It's Five O'Clock and 666, and enjoyed huge success in Europe in the late 1960s, especially France. Roussos went on to enjoy a successful solo career, topping the charts in several countries with Forever And Ever in 1973, before doing the same in the UK in 1976. Memorably he was referred to in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, by the character played by Alison Steadman, who plays his record in an attempt to impress her guests - commenting that he "doesn't sound" fat. Demis Roussos

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