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Alec Robert Costandinos, (born Alexandre Kouyoumdjian in 1944 in Cairo, Egypt) is a French singer and artist of the 1970s. His father was Armenian and his mother was Greek. Costandinos dominated the Euro-disco genre in the late 1970s. He began his career as a publisher and producer for various artists, including French pop star Claude François and chanteuse Dalida. After co-writing Cerrone's "Love in C Minor" (1976), Costandinos was signed to Barclay Records. He released his first album, Love & Kisses, in 1977, which featured the hit track "I've Found Love (Now That I Have Found You)." Costandinos went on to release a number of wildly successful records under the prominent American disco label, Casablanca. His album, Romeo & Juliet has been credited for bringing the concept album to dance music. He also wrote "Thank God It's Friday," the theme track to the disco film by the same name. Costandinos was intimately involved as a writer, publisher, and musician in the development of Aphrodite's Child with Vangelis and pop singer, Demis Roussos. He also contributed to the debut album of Crystal Grass, which featured the club hit "Crystal World", released on the Philips label in France. He has also written under the pseudonym R. Rupen. He often worked with a collective of backing singers, The Birds of Paris, some of whom later became famous in their own right. Alec R. Costandinos is highly influenced by the Egyptian/Arabic music of his time, such as Abdelhalim Hafez, Oum Kalsoum, and Farid El-Atreche.
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