Sunday, March 26, 2017

Demis Roussos – L.O.V.E. Got A Hold Of Me

Most Wanted! Demis Roussos – L.O.V.E. Got A Hold Of Me (Mercury)

Here as well, Demis Roussos‘s name is probably not the very first coming to mind when landing on these shores. It is to say how Disco had such an impact at the time. Catching the attention of countless artists hailing from way different horizons. From Chicago (‘Street Player’) to The Hollies (‘Draggin’ My Heels’). Not to mention Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones or Leo Sayer to name a few…

Greek tenor Pop singer Demis Roussos made no exception, eventually teaming up with Freddie Perren who delivered a sparkling production. No wonder why David Mancuso made it a big tune at the Loft back in the day…

Overview
Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, from a dad who was a classic guitarist and a mom who was a singer, Demis Roussos came to fame in the 60’s as a member of Progressive Rock band Aphrodite’s Child. There, he most likely shared the duties with famous musician Vangelis, marking his period with an unusual high tenor voice.

Vangelis and Roussos kept on collaborating at times during the 70’s. They recorded a vocal adaptation to the musical theme of Oscar winning film ‘Chariots Of Fire’. With the latter also guesting on the ‘Blade Runner’ OST on a song called ‘Tales Of The Future’.

Roussos‘s career as a solo artist happened to be quite sporadic despite a quite consistent repertoire. The man struggling with obesity for years as a result of regular periods of depression. He eventually made’ a one and only foray into Disco back in 1978. This, with the quite sought after ‘L.O.V.E. Got A Hold Of Me’. A cut that saw him collaborating with Freddie Perren who produced the memorable ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel‘ for Tavares.

Demis Roussos died in the morning of Jan. 25, 2015 at Athens Ygeia Hospital. He was 68…

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