Syrian-Egyptian musician, singer and actor who recorded over five hundred songs during his career.
He studied in a music conservatory as a child and became an apprentice to composer Riyad as-Sunbat.
He appeared in over twenty-five movies in his career, the first of which being Victory of Youth in 1941.
His father was Syrian and his mother was Lebanese.
He was a prominent musician in Egypt before Demis Roussos.