Demis Roussos first contract
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Demis Roussos first contract

Since then, the group and performances have become an integral part of his life. The meeting with Vangelis Papazanasio and Lukas Sideras was a turning point in his musical career. That was in 1966. Vangelis wrote a song specifically for the voice of Demis. Singer Demis Roussos. After that, he began to sing in the group more and more. However, soon the young musicians Demis, Lucas and Vangelis realized that a career can only be made outside of Greece. And in 1968, Demis Roussos formed a new group We Five, where he himself became a soloist. They decided to leave Greece to “conquer the world.”

Lucas and Demis boarded a train and went to London. Vangelis was supposed to join them a few days later. But fate decided otherwise. When they arrived at Dover without working contracts, customs officers at the English border found photos and recordings in their baggage and quickly realized the true intentions of the young people.

Plans had to change, and in a matter of urgency. And they decided to go to Paris, where unrest was already brewing due to violent clashes between the police and students. Every day the money became less and less, and only registration could save them. Having learned that an international music conference is being held in the French capital, organized by the company Phonogram, the musicians decide to meet with its leaders.

A ruthless contract was signed for six years. But they had no choice, singer Demis Russobebez contract no one agreed to record them. They worked in the basement on four square meters, and it was there that Vangelis was born the song “Rain and Tears” to the verses of Boris Bergman.
There was only one record, and that one under rather strange circumstances. It would seem their dream finally came true. But the next day the studio closed due to a general strike. Demis and his buddies were not particularly upset about this. A few weeks later, “Rain and Tears” took first place in the charts. And the proposals for the speeches fell on the group like a horn of plenty.

Weekly engagement in the famous Olympia concert hall, then all summer in clubs in the South of France. The popularity grew and with it the number of records sold, helped by the fantastic voice of Demis Roussos. Famous producer Lou Reisner became their Godfather and gave the group the name Aphrodite’s Child.

Demis RoussosAphrodite’s Child
At this time, Demis married a girl named Monique. The daughter Emily was born and life seemed to Demis cloudless. But Vangelis was unhappy. He wanted to write more serious music that could stand against the English and American music markets. Vangelis wanted to stop the trip and devote all the time working in the studio. The embodiment of this desire was the recording of the album “666”. It was a critical moment for the band: after three months of costly recording, the music company panicked. The group break became inevitable after the quarrel of Vangelis and Lucas. Vangelis was left alone, but a year later he finished the album, which was later called the masterpiece of the classics.

Solos career Roussos
To Demis, as the leader of the ex-band, the record company provided a chance to become singer Demis Rossossolny. His first single “We Shall Dance” was released along with the album, called “On the Greek Side of My Mind”, and immediately found himself in the top five European charts from Italy to Spain, France, Holland, Germany and Scandinavia.

Inspired by numerous folk themes and using melodies of pop music, Demis Roussos fulfilled his youthful dream. Work in the studio lasted two months, and during this period he recorded his first LP. He himself wrote some melodies and created arrangements for them. The album combining love, life and death was called “Fire and Ice”. It consisted of 12 songs that were released in 1971.

Demis Roussos by that time had already become a fairly well-known performer not only in France, but also abroad. The song “We will dance” became the main European hit of the summer of 1971. There were no obstacles to an international career. And the next year was a year of travel. He applauded Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece and Germany.

On top of fame
In June 1972, he sang the song “My reason”, which for several weeks kept on the first line of the French charts. singer Demis RoussosA national recognition came with performances at Olimpia, which were always sold out. Critics called his vocal potential “fantastic”, and his appearance on the stage was perceived as something extraordinary.

The following year, with a trip to South America, he began a large concert tour. In Brazil, gathered 150 thousandth stadium. Only Frank Sinatra rose to such heights (at the same stadium). During the year of his solo career, two million records of Demis Roussos were sold. His era was just beginning …

For three years, he gave 380 concerts in 18 countries, participated in 120 television programs, in 180 radio programs and three music festivals, recorded three albums and sold almost 9 million records.

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