Demis Roussos has died. The Greek singer and performer was a former member of Aphrodite’s Child, a progressive rock group, he was sixty eight years old. During his time with the band and his solo career he sold over sixty million albums worldwide. He was known for his flamboyant styles which inspired other atirists. The news has been confirmed that he passed away at the Athens Hygeia Hospital, also reported he had been in the private hospital with an undisclosed illness for some time.
The singer, who was known for his flowing locks and trademark kaftan, had six Top 40 hits in two years in the 1970s including a number one with an EP featuring his most famous track ‘Forever And Ever’.
He was just seventeen when his music career began, when he joined the The Idols.
Roussos expressed why success in the UK was.
He told The Scotsman in one interview:
“The reason for my big success in England was the Brits – they started wanting to go on holidays, like Spain and Greece. My music came right on time. It was romantic Mediterranean music addressed to all the people who wanted to go on holiday. My music was liked by the people.”
Following hearing of his passing, Roussos’s fans paid tribute to him online.