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Demis Roussos

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Al Iskandarīyah, Egypt (1946 – present)

Artemios Roussos was born on June 15, 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt. As George and Olga’s first son, he was of Greek extraction. Three years later, his younger brother Costandinos, was born.

Throughout his childhood he was influenced by the musics that were coexisting in Egypt. The sound of Arabic music entered into his life at that time and has continued until today as one of his biggest influences. At the age of ten, he was intrigued by Jazz and learnt to play the trumpet. As a young boy he also attended the choir of the Greek Byzantine church of Alexandria and sang for five years as a soloist.

However, when Artemios reached the age of fifteen, his life changed. It was the time of the Suez Canal crisis. His family left Egypt and immigrated to their homeland Greece. Artemios then had to work to support his family. During the day he attended school and, at night, he played the trumpet in various clubs in Athens. Two years later, his first band, “The Idols” was formed. Artemios played the Bass Guitar and sang backing vocals as well. One day, as the lead singer needed to rest, he asked Artemios to replace him for a few songs. That night, when Artemios sang “The House Of The Rising Sun” and “When A Man Loves A Woman” the audience was amazed. From then on Artemios was asked to sing again and again.

Within a short period, Artemios was making a sound reputation. It was at this time that he met the man who would later become one of his most successful composer, Lakis Vlavianos. From that meeting a new band was born, the “We Five”, with Artemios as the lead singer.

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