Roger Voudouris

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Roger Voudouris
Born (1954-12-29)29 December 1954
Sacramento, California
Died 3 August 2003(2003-08-03) (aged 48)
Sacramento, California
Genres Rock, Progressive rock
Occupations singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Michael Omartian, Pia Zadora
Notable instruments
Guitar

Roger Voudouris (29 December 1954 - 3 August 2003) was an American singer-songwriter/guitarist best known for his 1979 hit, "Get Used To It".

Voudouris was born in Sacramento, California and formed Roger Voudouris Loud as Hell Rockers while still in high school. That band would later enjoy small success while performing as an opening act for The Doobie Brothers, Stephen Stills and John Mayall.

His first solo album was the self-titled Roger Voudouris released in 1978 which received little interest from radio or other media. However, Voudouris' second album Radio Dream contained the pop hit "Get Used To It" peaking at #21 on 16–23 June 1979 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Radio Dream was followed a year later with the 1980 A Guy Like Me album and later by the 1981 album On The Heels Of Love. While A Guy Like Me and On the Heels of Love did not achieve the success of his previous album, Voudouris did achieve quite a large amount of success in Japan where his musical style was very popular. He also became a small cult-figure in Australia after appearing on the popular music television program "Countdown" in August 1979. In his appearance on the show he wore a figure hugging white outfit while miming "Get Used To It" into a wind machine, which made his long hair flow. This led to his brief status as a sex symbol in that country.

After the decline of his solo career Voudouris returned to writing music and lyrics for various projects including the movie The Lonely Lady starring Pia Zadora, and a documentary on the life of Elvis Presley.

Voudouris died in 2003 after suffering from liver disease for some time. He was survived by three children from his first marriage, his former wife, and his then-wife, Jennifer (from whom he was separated).

Discography[edit]

Roger Voudouris (1978) - #? UK, #? US, #? Japan, #? Australia US Sales: Unknown

Tracks:

  1. Don't Turn My Music Down
  2. What Are You Doing After Class?
  3. Hold On, Let The Singer Sing
  4. I'm There, Will I Ever Feel Good Again
  5. Friends Forever
  6. The Finger Painter
  7. We're Out Of Time

Radio Dream (1979) - #? UK, #171 US, #? Japan, #? Australia US Sales: Unknown

Tracks:

  1. Get Used To It
  2. Just What It Takes
  3. Does Our Love (Depend On The Night)
  4. We Can't Stay Like This Forever
  5. Radio Dream
  6. Anything From Anyone
  7. We Only Dance 'Cause We Have To
  8. The Next Time Around
  9. Reprise

A Guy Like Me (1980) - #? UK, #? US, #? Japan, #? Australia US Sales: Unknown

Tracks:

  1. Guys Like Me
  2. A Feeling For You
  3. The Last Love Song
  4. Jamie
  5. On The Ladder
  6. New Wave Shoes
  7. Too Late To Change Her
  8. Just Give Me Your Love (Tonite)
  9. The Pain Of Adolescence
  10. Still In Love With You

On The Heels Of Love (1981) - #? UK, #? US, #? Japan, #? Australia US Sales: Unknown

Tracks:

  1. Heels Of Love
  2. When Two Divide
  3. She's Too Cold
  4. First Love
  5. Let Her Get Away
  6. Another Sad Love Song
  7. I Can See Him (In Her Eyes)
  8. Outgrowing Me

Hit singles[edit]

  • 1979 "Get Used To It" US Billboard Peak #21

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