At age four, composer Vangelis began experimenting with unorthodox sound-creation methods, such as putting nails and cooking pans in a piano.
∙ Prior to scoring films, he founded and played in several bands, including ’60s pop-rock outfit The Forminx and prog trio Aphrodite’s Child.
∙ Beginning in the ’70s, Vangelis and Yes vocalist Jon Anderson were frequent collaborators, and the duo released four albums under the name Jon & Vangelis.
∙ Vangelis won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for 1981’s Chariots of Fire.
∙ He is the only Greek artist to top Billboard’s singles chart, which he did for one week in 1982 with “Titles,” also known as the Chariots of Fire theme.
∙ Vangelis has scored two films directed by Ridley Scott, including the soundtrack for 1982’s Blade Runner.
BORNMarch 29, 1943