Demis Roussos – Summer Wine
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Artemios “Demis” Ventouris-Roussos was a Greek singer and performer who 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.
Roussos sold over 60 million albums worldwide and became “an unlikely kaftan-wearing sex symbol”. A Demis Roussos Museum is now planned in Nijkerk, the Netherlands.
After settling in Greece, Roussos participated in a series of musical groups beginning with The Idols when he was 17, where he met Evangelos Papathanassiou (later known as Vangelis) and Loukas Sideras, his future bandmates in Aphrodite’s Child. After this he joined the Athens band, We Five, another cover band which had limited success in Greece.
Roussos came to a wider audience in 1967 when he joined progressive rock band Aphrodite’s Child, with Vangelis and Loukas Sideras, initially as a singer but later also playing bass guitar, achieving commercial success in France and other parts of Europe from 1968 to 1972.
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