It’s already been a month since the 25th of January 2015 when Demis Roussos passed away and our column The myths Illustrated couldn’t be featuring anyone else but him today.
The myth of Artemios “Demis” Ventouris-Roussos started in 1967 with Demis as a member of the progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child together with Vangelis Papathanasiou and Loukas Sideras. Seeking an international career the group made its first steps in Paris with their record 666 being their greatest hit and a personal favourite of Andy Warhol.
In 1971 Demis Roussos started his solo career turning to pop and Greek ethnic music. Through his international success he promoted our country in the most communicative way…singing! With more than 70 million international record sales the rest is history!
The unusual high tenor of Roussos marked an era of European music with his fans stretching in time. I’m no exception. Though I was not even born when his songs were climbing the charts, I cannot deny feeling moved and nostalgic of a romantic period that will probably never be back again every time I hear his velvet-like voice.
My only Fascination, It’s Five o’clock, Rain and Tears, Forever and Ever and Goodbye my Love Goodbye are just a small sample of the songs that have placed him in the sphere of great musicians!
An undoubtedly great artist and a most interesting personality. His views on life, politics and society were always marked by a philosophical outlook and life experience. I would like to conclude with a phrase extracted from his last interview that I have a feeling he would like us to remember, “Life is an ever ending challenge, and that’s exactly what it’s all about.”