Roger Voudouris

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

John Roger Voudouris (December 29, 1954 - August 3, 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 attending C.K. McClatchy High School, entering regular performances at the Elegant Barn Nightclub. That band would later enjoy small success while performing as an opening act for The Doobie Brothers, Stephen Stills, and John Mayall. Voudouris also performed in Vadouris/Kahne with David Kahne, prior to being signed by Warner Brothers as a solo act.

His first solo album was the self-titled Roger Voudouris released in 1978; it received little interest from radio or other media. However, his second album Radio Dream contained the pop hit "Get Used To It" peaking at #21 in June 1979 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Get Used To It" hit #1 in Australia.[1] Voudouris performed the song on the Merv Griffin Show.

Radio Dream was followed a year later with the 1980 album A Guy Like Me and 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: it 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]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200 Australia Record label
1978 The Finger Painter Warner Bros. Records
1979 Radio Dream 171 46
1980 A Guy Like Me
1981 On the Heels of Love Boardwalk Records

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Record Label B-side Album
US AC
1978 "Don't Turn My Music Down" Warner Bros.
Records
"Let the Singer Sing" The Finger Painter
1979 "Get Used to It" 21 18 "The Next Time Around" Radio Dream
"We Can't Stay Like This Forever" "Anything from Anyone"
1980 "Guys Like Me" "On the Ladder" A Guy Like Me
1981 "First Love" Boardwalk Records "Outgrowing Me" On the Heels of Love

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