Monday, 26 January 2015

Demis Roussos: Quand je t'aime

Another legendary musician has left us, with the death of Demis Roussos at the weekend.

All in all, a bad week for fans of 70s rock with the loss of Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese  just days before.

While he achieved massive success in the 1970s as a crooner, he established himself as a serious musician with the band Aphrodite's Child, a progressive rock band that featured Vangelis, who would himself go on to a successful international career.

 Aphrodite's Child initially signed a record deal in France, where they based themselves on leaving Greece in 1967.  Problems with work visas prevented them working in London, but they signed to a French label and the song Rain and Tears giving them a massive hit single in France.

Roussos for many embodied a 70s European exotica, to an anglophone audience who were just beginning to venture to the mainland following the introduction of mass tourism, bringing what was the reserve of the wealthy to a more popular audience.

Roussos achieved success internationally, and France was no exception with the song Quand je t'aime becoming his best known title there.

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