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Volos, Greece (1961 – present)

Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, Greek: Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου) is a world-renowned composer and musician. He was born on 29 March 1943 in Volos, Greece.

He is best known for compositions such as the Academy Award-winning theme to the movie Chariots Of Fire, the entire score to the movie Blade Runner and the themes used in the soundtrack of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

His first musical effort was circa 1961 in his country of birth, a locally popular band called Formynx. He then moved to and formed the more internationally-known band Aphrodite’s Child with Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras. They had several hits, being the first one “Rain and Tears”.

After the group disbanded, Vangelis went on to write several film scores. There were rumours that he would join the band Yes, and he became close friends with their singer, Jon Anderson.

In the mid-70s his output really grew, with several solo albums, including “Heaven and Hell”, “Albedo 0.39”, “Spiral” and the highly experimental “Beaubourg”. He then finally got to work with Jon Anderson, recording under the name Jon & Vangelis, releasing the albums “Short Stories”, “The Friends Of Mr. Cairo” and “Private Collection”.

Then in 1982 came his best-known work - the soundtracks for the films “Chariots of Fire” and “Blade Runner”.


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