Greek Artist that had Disco/Club success
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Author:  Dancer [ Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:29 pm ]
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There's a few artists from Greece that have some disco hits in the past!
The most famous of them is one of the best voices ever from this country!!!


Demis Roussos, the 350 pound Greek crooner is best known in America through his association with Vangelis ("Theme from Chariots of Fire"). But across the Atlantic Ocean, and in parts of Latin America, millions of people are proud to call themselves Demis Rossous fans. Chances are, you've never heard of Demis Roussos. And that's a shame. Because Demis is one of the biggest stars in the world.

Demis was born in Egypt in 1946. The son of Greek expatriates, Demis spent his early years living in Alexandria, immersed in Arabic culture and the choral music of the Greek Orthodox church. In 1958, fleeing from the trouble over the Suez Canal, Demis' family returned to Greece where Demis honed his skills as a performer. Having learned to play piano and guitar, Demis spent many hours practicing. As a young man, Demis was forced to work as a cabaret musician in order to support his family.

By the time he formed his first band -The Idols- at age 17, Demis was already a force to be reckoned with. The Idols gave way to the We Five -both of which were primarly Western-style cover bands- but Demis' first big break came in 1968, when he teamed-up with Vangelis Papathanassiou, Loukas Sideras, and Agyrilos Koulouris to form the operatic psychedelic rock band Aphrodite's Child.

Aphrodite's Child had a string of hit singles, but the group split-up following the release of their final album "666". "666" was a concept album about the Book of Revelations, featuring a stunning musical tribute to the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Although the band was finished, Vangelis and Demis Roussos reunited for the 1970 recording "Sex Power", and continued to be frequent musical collaborators throughout the next 30 years, including the 1977 "Magic" LP and a guest appearance by Demis Roussus on the "Blade Runner" soundtrack.

Demis began his own solo career with the single "We Shall Dance." Initially sales were slow, but when Demis embarked on a tour of Southern Europe the song quickly became a #1 hit.

Demis Roussos' solo success was assured with the release of the album "On the Greek Side of My Mind" (aka "Fire and Ice" ). Like Abba, Demis re-recorded his songs in many different languages, which led to a series of hit singles in Germany (1974); England -where the EP "The Roussos Phenomenon" was a #1 record in 1976 (Malcolm McClaren eat your heart out!); France (1977 and 1978); Italy (where Demis hit #1); and finally the United States (where the LP "Demis" went gold). The 1978 album "Universum" was released in four different languages, and Demis' Spanish-language songs soon became a hit in Latin America.

In 1982, Demis teamed-up with Veronique Skawinska (Vangelis' "life companion") to publish his autobiography "A Question of Weight". The book -which focuses on Demis' struggle to lose 100 pounds- includes many rare photographs of Demis, including one of Demis Roussos crucified, as well as personal advice on topics such as love, sex, and food.

Throughout the 1970's, Demis Roussos' increasingly grandiose romantic records found an appreciative audience worldwide. Few who have heard him can forget Demis' characteristically warbling operatic voice. But the 1980's were a time of bitter disappointment. Peoples' tastes had changed, and Demis was quickly turning into a musical has-been. "Attitudes" and "Reflections" were both commercial flops. A hit single in Australia (where one in four people own a Neil Diamond record), was not enough to lift Demis' spirits. He took time-off from his musical career and sank into depression.

In 1985, Demis' airplane was hijacked by terrorists, and the singer was held hostage in Beirut for five days. Already a big celebrity throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Demis sang his way to freedom. The hijackers were so impressed by their celebrity hostage, they even celebrated Demis' birthday with him on the airplane.

After he had recovered from his experience with the hijackers, Demis returned with a new album called "La Grec",which was quickly followed by "Time" and "Voice and Vision". All three albums sold well in continental Europe, particularly Italy and France. Demis followed-up on this success with two new Christmas albums: "Come All Ye Faithful" and "Christmas with Demis Roussous".

The 1990's saw the release of half-a-dozen new albums, along with the re-release of many older songs on compact disc.

In 1993, Demis celebrated his career with a 25 year retrospective, and a new CD called "Insight" (released under a variety different titles, such as "Morning Has Broken", etc.). "Insight" is notable for the (rather unfortunate) decision to include a rap tune called "Spleen". This was followed by "In Holland" (1995), "Immortal" and "Serenade" (1996).

From 1978 the Freddie Perren Loft classic 12'' of Demis Roussos - L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me !!!

Demis Roussos - L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO_lAbitUNg
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Author:  Discoguy [ Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:18 pm ]
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Thanks Dancer,

Great track and great bio/insight of Demis' career.
Very interesting !

// Discoguy

Author:  King C [ Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:20 pm ]
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Alec R. Costandinos, (b. Alexandre Kouyoumdjian in 1944 in Cairo, Egypt). His father was Armenian and his mother was Greek. He has long been considered one of the original catalysts of the French disco scene of the 70's. He was also intimately involved as a writer, publisher and musician in the development of Aphrodite's Child with Vangelis and Greek-born pop singer, Demis Roussos. Aside his name, he has also written under the pseudonym R. Rupen, which is rumoured to be his middle name. On the disco front, he contributed to the debut album of Crystal Grass, which featured the club hit "Crystal World", released on the Philips label in France. Alec was also the publisher of hits for various artists including French chanteuse Dalida.

He is known for his outstanding collaborations that assisted in the development of French disco drummer Cerrone. During Cerrone's tenure with John Kongos and later fusion act Kongas, their collaboration "Anikana-O", led to the solo release of Cerrone's "Love In C Minor". The 17 minute disco opus was an instant disco hit and sent shockwaves through the club circuit, echoing Donna Summer's ode to love from a male perspective. Four cuts were featured on the complete album, including the spectacular "Midnite Lady".
After parting company with Cerrone, Constandinos launched his own project, the aptly titled Love & Kisses. Released initially on the Barclay distributed Rei Vera label in France, his two song album, featuring "Accidental Lover" and the instant classic "I've Found Love (Now That I've Found You)" rocketed up the Billboard Disco Charts. Sung by the late Joanne Stone (also known as Joanne Williamstone), with a chorus rumoured to be a collective of Sunny Leslie & Sue Glover, it was the genesis of Alec's foray into the U.S. disco market. It also featured a provocative cover, with four hands ripping the t-shirt of a scantily clad model. Casablanca Records immediately snapped up the American rights to the album, the first of a long term collaboration of projects. "Accidental Lover" was also covered in America, and released on the Salsoul imprint owned by Tom Moulton.

Costandinos collaborated for a 2nd time with French arranger Raymond Donnez, aka Don Ray on an additional project, in the form of a re-telling of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet". Using the same ensemble cast as with Love & Kisses, it also rocketed to # 1. This project was composed completely by Alec himself, delivered in five pieces of in "suite" form, with parts 1 & 2 being the "hit single" elements and the "B" side being more of a downtempoed "morning music" flavour. The project was released under the name Alec. R Costandinos & The Synchophonic Orchestra.
Several other concept albums were produced by Alec. The story of Judas Iscariot was presented in the form of "Simon Peter" on the album Sphinx. Paris Connection, was essentially an album of previously recorded songs such as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" framed around newly created elements. The gem of this project was a blissful re-interpretation of Barry Ryan's 1965 hit "Eloise" as the key selection. He has also scored international movies such as "Trocadero Bleu Citron". Perhaps the best of his more "underground" or "cult" recordings was "Golden Tears" by Sumeria. The story of a man who falls to earth to become part of the human race, it features hits such as "Dance (And Leave It All Behind You). Loosely, it also appears to foreshadow a few ABC television series developed around the same time: Mork & Mindy.

Love & Kisses made additional chart appearance with singles such as "How Much, How Much I Love You", as well as the title track from the Casablanca filmworks feature film Thank God It's Friday. "You're The Most Precious Thing In My Life" was also included on the soundtrack. Extended versions were shipped to disco DJ's as part of a promotion-only set. Under the name of Alec. R. Costandinos & The Synchophonic Orchestra, additional projects were released without significant hit results.
After his days at Casablanca, he recorded for RCA France, having had success with tracks such as "Something's Cookin'" and "Americana". He also released additional singles in French on the Carrere label. He also produced Tina Turner's debut solo album on EMI, which featured the disco hit "Love Explosion".

He also made an excellent Long play named "the hunchback of Notre Dame".

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I am so fuckin proud that i have the name of my Grandfather(the name of my Fathers Father Name that is the same with this Guy)

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Author:  Discoguy [ Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:51 am ]
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Alec is such a great artist and I really love all of his work !
Thank you !

// Discoguy

Author:  Jussi [ Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:37 am ]
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Check out Sir Alec's "Columbia Suite Spatiale" , his very last and incredibly grandiose big budget disco album, credited to The Syncophonic Orchestra. This still has the classic Costandinos sound.

Author:  Dancer [ Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:01 am ]
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Another one Disco artist from Greece!Here's Sigma Fay!From 1979 this is her 12'' hit ''Tonight''!!!


''Tonight '' was a Mercury/Polygram 12'' release from 1979!The song produced by Lucas Sideras,ex member of Aphrodite's Child (Vangelis Papathanassiou, Demis Roussos, Lucas Sideras, Silver Koulouris)and was popular in Greek Discos!
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Author:  Discoguy [ Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:31 am ]
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Dancer !

This is just great... Love to hear these kind of unknown Disco gems...
Thanks for this my friend ! :D

// Discoguy

Author:  Jussi [ Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:24 am ]
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What about "Ela Ela" by Team - that Greek track was a massive pop hit in southwern Europe and a disco prototype. The Disco Patrick acetate book mentions "Ela Ela" but not the artist, so there may have been other versions around the same time 1973-4 as well. "Ela Ela" has a sort of neo-hippy tribal & cosmic feel to it and revives very well today.

Author:  Dancer [ Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:48 pm ]
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Sorry Jussi but I never heard "Ela Ela" by Team.I search at discogs and I find a 7'' promo version at Metromedia Records but I don't have any infos about this track :roll:

Author:  Dancer [ Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:27 am ]
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''Searching For Your Love'' by Three Five is another Greek Pop-Dance production from the middle 80's with a heavy influence from Italo-Disco of this period!!!


http://rapidshare.com/files/201465384/T ... r_love.mp3

Author:  Soul-Boy [ Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:11 pm ]
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Got to compliment you Giorgio on bringing some great unknown Greek gems my way!
New to me but I certainly like em'....my thanks!

Author:  qawa67 [ Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:47 pm ]
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Author:  Dancer [ Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:03 am ]
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I am very happy that you like these songs Fagio :D
Here's another one song that was a major dancefloor hit in Greek clubs back in 1984,Costas Charitodiplomenos with ''Lost In The Night''

http://rapidshare.com/files/270815588/C ... _Night.mp3

''Lost In The Night'' has a heavy influence from Italo disco sound of these days and it was released in Italy from Many records!

Author:  pflext [ Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:47 am ]
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Costas Charitodiplomenos has quite possibly the record for most letters appearing in a disco artists name ever! 8)
I can't believe I've not left a comment on this thread Giorgio! :shock:
I read this ages ago & enjoyed it thoroughly. :)
Thanks for the new tracks too. :wink:

Author:  Discoguy [ Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:47 am ]
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HARD name - love the track ! :wink:

// Discoguy

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