Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    DF Admin 4me2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Thanked:        2,073
    Karma Level

    RIP Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

    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.
    His Aphrodite's Child bandmate Vangelis paid tribute [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 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."

    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 was still performing on stage in 2012

    In Mike Leigh's 1977 TV play Abigail's Party, the character Beverly - played by Alison Steadman (back right), was a huge Demis Roussos fan

    Roussos was photographed surrounded by awards for the UK sales of his albums, including gold discs for Happy To Be and My Only Fascination

    Other solo hits include My Friend the Wind, My Reason, Someday Somewhere and Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun.
    Roussos' fondness for kaftans saw him dubbed "the Kaftan King" and he often wore them for his performances on shows such as Top of the Pops.
    He was also famous for his vocal adaptation of the score from the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which had been composed by Vangelis.
    In 1978, he decided to keep a lower profile and moved to Malibu Beach in the US - where he shed much of the weight that had seen him routinely mocked by comedians like Freddie Starr.
    Famously, he was caught up in a plane hijacking when flight TWA 847 from Athens to Rome was hijacked by members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad in 1985.
    He and his third wife were held at gunpoint for five days before they were released. Some of his fellow passengers endured 17 days in captivity.
    The experience changed his life and afterwards he decided the best way he could help others and promote understanding in the world was by returning to music.
    He released his album The Story of Demis Roussos not long after.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

  2. #2
    DF Jedi satzzz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Thanked:        655
    Karma Level

    Default Re: Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

    So not so forever and ever and ever and ever then.....
    Just use enough water to cover your vegetables,the same goes for when you're having a bath....

  3. #3
    DF PwNagE GTI's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Thanked:        2,241
    Karma Level

    Default Re: Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

    He looked like a caveman but had the voice of an angel - RIP

  4. #4
    DF Jedi bub's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Thanked:        45
    Karma Level

    Default Re: Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

    Being of Greek origin my folks used to listen to a lot of his music. Such a shame as he wasn't even that old.

  5. #5
    DF VIP Member
    cronus71's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Thanked:        748
    Karma Level

    Default Re: Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

    “If I asked you to have sex with me, would the answer to that question be the same as the answer to this question?”

Similar Threads

  1. [RIP] Singer Bernie Nolan dies aged 52
    By Bald Bouncer in forum News & Current Affairs
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 4th July 2013, 07:53 PM
  2. US singer Whitney Houston dies aged 48
    By dpSparhawk in forum News & Current Affairs
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 14th February 2012, 09:17 AM
  3. Singer Kathy Kirby dies aged 72
    By blaggard in forum The Dog and Duck
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 20th May 2011, 12:26 PM
  4. [RIP] Boney M singer Bobby Farrell dies aged 61
    By 4me2 in forum News & Current Affairs
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 5th January 2011, 07:37 PM

Social Networking Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts