ATHENS, Greece (VIP-NEWS) — Greek singer Demis Roussos has died as a result of complications from cancer.
The artist died at home on Sunday, January 25. Roussos was born in 1946 in Alexandrië (Egypt). Due to the Suez crisis the Roussos family returned to Greece in 1958. In the mid-60s he played in several bands in Greece including The Idols and We Five.
Roussos` career took off after he met Vangelis Papathanassiou in 1967, as they created (with drummer Loukas Sideras) the band Aphrodite’s Child. From 1968 to 1971 they had worldwide success with songs like Rain And Tears, I Want To Live, Marie Jolie, It’s Five O’Clock and Spring Summer Winter and Fall.
In 1971 Demis went solo; his first single We Shall Dance was followed by hits such as My Reason, Forever and Ever, Goodbye My Love Goodbye, My Friend The Wind. In the 90s he recorded new age albums, as well as a Christmas album that went gold. In total Roussos sold over 40 million records.
He is survived by his mother Olga, his children, Emily and Cyril, and his wife Marie.