Forever and ever...

Demis Roussos, real name Artemios ‘Demis’ Ventouris-Roussos, was a Greek singer who had two distinct careers as brilliant as each other, the first in the Aphrodite's Child and the second in solo. Singer who could boast of having sold no less than 60 million albums during his lifetime.

It was at the age of 17 that his artistic destiny changed when he crossed paths with a certain Evangelos Papathenassiou, the same one who would become a few years later the incredible composer who we know under the name of Vangelis.

He formed with him and a third thief named Loukas Sideras the Aphrodite’s Child in 1967, a group which released their first title "Plastics nevermore" the following year in 1968, a title that would go completely unnoticed.

This is not the case with the next one, "Rain and Tears" which also in 1968 and which will make a real worldwide hit, launching the career of the group in a shattering way. Title taken from the album "End of the world" also released in 1968.

The group will produce several hits of planetary class thereafter with titles like "I want to live" in 1969, as well as "It's five o'clock" and "Spring, Summer, Winter and fall" in 1970. Despite these successes repeatedly, the group will eventually separate in 1972.

After the separation of the group, the singer and Vangelis will continue to collaborate on several occasions. Especially on flagship film soundtracks such as Chariots of Fire in 1981 or Blade Runner in 1982.

The artist’s solo career began not in 1973 after the band's disbandment but 2 years earlier in 1971 with the release of a first single called "We Shall Dance". And for a first solo try, it is rather successful since the title will know a significant success throughout the Old Continent.

His first album “Forever and ever” was released in 1973, an album which was to hit the market in Europe and launch the singer's solo career in a sensational fashion. With the key several major hits including "My friend the wind", "Forever and ever" but also, and above all, "Goodbye my love, goodbye".

The year 1974 saw the release of the album "My only fascination", an album which confirmed the singer's status as a phenomenon of the moment. In particular thanks to the titles “Someday somewhere” which came out the same year and “Lovely lady of Arcadia” released a few months earlier in 1973.

New album "Souvenirs" in 1975 and another major success. Paradoxically, the album will struggle to produce a single of global class as before and only the track "Perdoname" will manage to succeed.

The year 1977 saw him come back in force with the album "The Demis Roussos magic", album which will know its hour of glory across the Channel and which will produce two high caliber singles with the titles "When forever has gone" and "Because".

In 1978, he finally obtained one of his first successes across the Atlantic with the titles "That once in a lifetime" and "L.O.V.E. Got a hold of me", both from the album" Demis Roussos".

Even if the level of success decreases from year to year, the album "Man of the world" which was released in 1980 saw it stay afloat, notably thanks to the title "Lost in love".

The rest will unfortunately prove to be much more complicated to manage than expected. Considered by the younger generations as 'has been', like a good number of singers from his generation, successes are becoming increasingly rare except in 1982 with the title "Follow me" at the International and the enormous “Quand je t'aime" in France in 1987. A title written by a certain Didier Barbelivien, as if by chance…

He will obtain some rare successes thereafter like “Prier” and “Time” in 1988, as well as “On wécrit sur les murs” in 1989. But they will be indeed the last and all that will come out thereafter will know only a very modest level of success.

A great adventure which will end definitively on January 25, 2015, when he died of stomach-pancreatic cancer at the age of 68, leaving behind one of the most extensive discography of the end of the 20th century and which will at least have the merit of surviving him ...

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • We shall dance 1971

  • My reason 1972

  • Goodbye my love, goodbye 1973

  • Forever and ever 1973

  • My friend the wind 1973

  • Lovey Lady of Arcadia 1973

  • Someday, somewhere 1974

  • My only fascination 1974

  • Auf Wiederseh'n 1974

  • With you 1974

  • Schön wie Mona Lisa 1975

  • From souvenirs to souvenirs 1975

  • Perdoname 1975

  • Midnight is the time I need you 1975

  • Happy to be on an island in the sun 1975

  • Cant' say how much I love you 1976

  • When forever has gone 1976

  • Mourir auprès de mon amour 1977

  • Ainsi soit-il 1977

  • Life in the city 1978

  • That once in a lifetime 1978

  • L.O.V.E Got a hold of me 1978

  • Loin des yeux loin du cœur 1978

  • Lost in love 1980

  • I need you 1980

  • Race to the end 1981

  • Follow me 1982

  • Jay 1983

  • Love me tender 1984

  • Island of love 1985

  • Summer in her eyes 1986

  • Quand je t’aime 1987

  • Prier 1988

  • Le Grec 1988

  • Time 1988

  • Dance of love 1989

  • On écrit sur les murs 1989

  • Spleen 1989

  • Petite fille 1990

  • Poésie 1990

  • Tous les 'je vous aime' 1993

  • Dinata 1997

  • Love is 2009

Clips :

1971 ... first solo title and first classified title, what more could you ask for. A second career that starts in an ideal way for the singer !

1972 ... he confirms with this title that the previous success was anything but an accident. So let's go for several years of success at least, even a few decades !

1973 ... then THIS title comes ! The title of the consecration, and yes, already ! Here he obtains his greatest global success and at the same time offers himself a direct ticket to posterity. MAS-TER-FUL !

1973 ... the year of all success ! He goes directly with a title almost of the same level and undoubtedly becomes one of the biggest phenomena of the moment !

1973 ... a year that never ends and which sees him deliver a number of world class titles for the less impressive. This is called literally walking on water !

1973 ... a year 1973 which ended in apotheosis with this title and which will undoubtedly remain as its best vintage. There are years like this !

1974 ... a predisposition for the register 'With emotions' among the best of the moment. An undeniable talent in this field which literally outperforms the competition !

1974 ... a year 1974 which will not be able to equal the year 1973 but which nevertheless maintains the artist at a very high level of success. A decidedly extraordinary talent !

1974 ... the adventure continues to be beautiful and above all the singer continues to unroll in an impressive way to say the least. And whatever the language in which he sings ...

1974 ... it is clear that he will still have his greatest successes in the English language. Except in a few years when he will experience one of his biggest personal successes in French ...

1975 ... after 2 totally euphoric years, the rest will prove to be a little more complicated to manage than expected. The singer is struggling to renew himself and the sanction will be immediate in the Charts ...

1975 ... he does not demerit, far from it but too much Intimist kills the Intimist at one point. An alternation of style would be welcome, that's clear ...

1975 ... and it is precisely when he dares to do something else that success returns. Like what, often, it doesn't matter much ...

1975 ... and that, to dare, he dares, finally ! Here he has arrived in Disco mode and my faith he is far from being ridiculous. Unfortunately for him, the title will go somewhat unnoticed ...

1975 ... a title that borders on caricature and yet will experience its heyday across the Channel. All tastes are in nature as they say ...

1976 ... here he is back in intimist mode on a particularly inspired title which will once again please almost only the great Bretons. It's always better than nothing as they say !

1976 ... the great adventure across the Channel continues with this title. A year 1976 which will have seen him shine mainly there. Afterwards, it is better to shine in a few countries than not at all !

1977 ... which will undoubtedly remain as one of his finest titles. Here he delivers an absolutely sumptuous title in which his talent for the Intimist really does wonders, moreover in French. And as luck would have it, who is the composer. A certain Vangelis...!

1977 ... a 1977 year of incredible richness in terms of 'emotional' titles. Too much Intimist kills the Intimist but in his case, we ask for more !

1978 ... a nice track, much more playful but which unfortunately will go somewhat unnoticed. As soon as he leaves its usual register, the public is not necessarily there ...

1978 ... one of his very rare successes across the Atlantic. A year 1978 with a much faster tempo and which shows a facet of his talent that we weren't used to seeing ...

1978 ... new success across the Atlantic with this 100 % Disco title. It just goes to show that if he had alternated between an Intimist title and a Dance title more often, his international fame would have been quite different !

1978 ... return to the Intimist and this time in French. A good job once again in this area even if the success of the title will necessarily be limited to France ...

1980 ... a change of decade that rhymes with luxury cover, something extremely rare for him. He revisits here with Florence Warner the title of Air Supply released the same year. A revisited version much faster than the original but which holds the road as they say !

1980 ... even if his talent in the Intimist remains of a very high level, it is clear that his style is starting to look somewhat obsolete in this new decade. Attention danger...

1981 ... the adapted version of the soundtrack of the film 'Chariots of Fire', surely one of the most famous soundtracks of the decade. With the key to a nice title necessarily !