Vangelis was born March 29, 1943, in Volos, Greece.
During the 1960′s, together with Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras, he formed the successful pop group “Aphrodite’s Child”, that had a number of hits including “Rain and Tears” and “It’s Five O’Clock”. Vangelis doubled as composer and keyboard player.
Demis Roussos, who was the group’s singer, also performed the strange voice in the BR soundtrack “Tales of the future” featured on the 1994 soundtrack release, and in the Offworld & Gongo bootlegs.
In the early 70′s the band broke up, and Vangelis started a solo career, becoming a pioneer in the field of electronic music in the process. His biggest success during the 70′s was the groundbreaking album “Heaven & Hell”, which would go on to provide the theme and part of the soundtrack of Carl Sagan’s popular science TV-series “Cosmos”.
Fans of the Blade Runner music might think Vangelis should have won the Oscar for it! Unfortunately this was one of many Oscars that Blade Runner didn’t get. The Oscar for original musical score that year was won by John Williams for E.T. But let us not forget that Vangelis had just won the Oscar for his “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack when Blade Runner was released.
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