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Vangelis
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Composer
    (March 29, 1943- )
    Birth name is Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou
    Best known for recording ‘Chariots of Fire'
    Composed the scores to ‘Blade Runner' and ‘Alexander'
    Scored several underwater specials for Jacques-Yves Cousteau
    Wrote the themes to the Football World Cup (2002) and NASA's Mission to Mars (2003)
    Music from his album ‘Heaven and Hell' used as a soundtrack for Carl Sagan's ‘Cosmos'
    Member of the groups Formynx and Aphrodite's Child
    He's criticized for not being able to (or wanting to) read or write standard music notation.
    His name is often mispronounced (should be pronounced with a hard ‘g' sound, as in ‘angle').
    On the ‘Chariots of Fire' soundtrack, the popular theme song was simply called ‘Titles.'
    He is rather reclusive and rarely grants interviews.
    Like many Greek Gods before him, he goes by the presumptuous single name.
    His music is unique, described as everything from ‘new age' to ‘synthesizer rock' to ‘symphonic.'
    His song, ‘Chariots of Fire,' is one of the few instrumental songs to hit #1 on the US pop chart.
    He won the Academy Award for Best Original Movie Score.
    He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece.
    He began composing his own music and playing the piano at the tender age of 4.

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