Biography for Vik Armen

 

 

 

Vik Armen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. At about the age of seven his family moved to Edmonton, Alberta.  He developed a love for music at an early age. as well as an affinity for jazz singers and big bands, rhythm and blues, classical music, country music in its original form and pop music. He was singing in nightclubs when he was thirteen and later became interested in radio and became a disc jockey, changed his name from Bryan Fustukian to Vik Armen and traveled across the country working at radio stations in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Ottawa, Toronto and Providence, Rhode Island.   He was recording his first songs in radio station studios and while doing a morning radio show in Edmonton he wrote, produced and released a single, “I’m Not In Your Dreams Anymore”, which became a number one record in the market.  It was released on an independent label started by him and his partner, who was the record rep for Decca.  The Decca brass from Montreal flew out to meet with the team and it was decided that any future recordings would be released on the Decca Canadian label, Apex. Several recordings followed on Apex, including a session recorded at Norman Petty's legendary studio in Clovis, New Mexico.  Norman Petty having worked with Buddy Holly for all his major hits was one of the major record producers of that time.
His move to the U.S and New England opened up new avenues for the singer.  While doing an afternoon radio show in Providence Rhode Island, he was also Music Director for the station and produced recordings for himself as well as groups in the New England area working at studios in New York and Boston.  In addition he produced live concerts with headliners such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Al Martino and Buck Owens in Boston’s Symphony Hall.  He also produced live concerts for The Who, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Mothers of Invention, Van Morrison and many more. During his tenure in New England he was voted as the most influential DJ on the Eastern Seaboard by Downbeat Magazine for two consecutive years. On his departure from radio in 1970 to devote his time exclusively to music, his rating was an unprecedented 44.4 share of audience.

But with Vik Armen, through it all, it’s always been about the music.

As one fan said. “He could sing the phone book and it would sound good”

 

 

                                             

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