Roussos was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, in a Greek family where his father George (Yorgos) Roussos was a classical guitarist and an engineer and his mother Olga participated together with her husband in an amateur theatrical Greek group in Alexandria (they were three such groups in the Greek community); her family originally came from Greece. As a child, he studied music and joined the Greek Church Byzantine choir in Alexandria. His formative years in the ancient port city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere were influenced by jazz, but also traditional Arab and Greek Orthodox music. His parents lost their possessions during the Suez Crisis and consequently decided to move to Greece.
After decades of success, after having made his mark on the history of music blending influences from Rock and Blues to Soul and Disco, Demis Roussos is back with a killer new album; blues and soul tainted, with a voice to die for /”Back to the roots, back to the tracks.”/ His new album ‘Demis’ is an inveterate rocker’s album that calls to mind the legendary hits of his late sixties band ‘Aphrodite’s Child’ (”Rain and Tears,” “It’s Five O’Clock”) as well as the current British rock-soul revival. Tracklisting: 01. September (I’m On My Way) / 02. On My Pillow / 03. Love Is / 04. What They Say / 05. Hello, Hello / 06. Hit Me / 07. I’ll Be Home / 08. Spoiled Brat / 09. Help Me / 10. Who Gives A Fuck