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VILLAGE PEOPLE

VILLAGE PEOPLE

VIDEOS

MUSIC

Village People - first album

DATES

MARCH 1

Private

Havana, Cuba

APRIL 13

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Private)

Los Angeles, CA

MAY 9

Luna Park

Buenos Aires, Argentina

MAY 11

Moviestar Arena

Santiago, chile

MAY 15

Moviestar Arena

Bogota, Columbia

MAY 17

Tokio Marine Hall

Sao Paulo, Brazil

MAY 24

World’s Largest Brat Fest

Madison, WI

JUNE 8

Chinook Winds Casino

Lincoln City, OR

JUNE 22

Festival Jazz Enghien

Paris, France

JULY 4

San Diego County Fair

San Diego, CA

AUG 3

Festival of Friends

Hamilton, Canada

AUG 10

Private

Bajamar, Ensenada, Mexico

AUG 17

Enjoy Resort Casino 

Punta del Este, Uruguay

AUG 31

Complex Pointe Claire

Quebec, Ontario

SEPT 8

BoogieTown Festival

 Walton on Thames, UK

NOV 8

India Tour 

Mumbai, India

NOV 9

India Tour 

Bangalore, India

NOV 10

India Tour 

Delhi, India

BIO

Village People is one of the most iconic music groups in the world. Their music has become part of the international songbook. The group’s hits are featured in dozens of major motionpictures, on Broadway, in commercials and in “Village People Party” slot machines. Of course, Y.M.C.A (along with its dance) is played at almost every party, wedding, bar mitzvah, and sporting event in the universe.

It began in 1977 when producer Jacques Morali and his partner Henri Belolo, known collectively as Can’t Stop Productions, were recording a new album for their hit group the Ritchie Family, called African Queen and needed background singers. Horace Ott, the arranger/conductor who was working with them, suggested Victor Willis, a singer he was recording who also was performing in the Broadway musical The Wiz. After Willis completed background on the album, Morali approached him about another musical project he and Belolo were planning which turned out to be Village People.

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“I had a dream that you sang lead vocals on an album I produced, and it went very, very big,” Morali told Willis. “I have four tracks. I can’t pay you much right now but if you agree, I’ll make you a star.” Willis agreed and the rest is history.

Those initial four tracks, San Francisco (You’ve Got Me), In Hollywood (Everyone’s a Star), Fire Island, and Village People were recorded by Willis with professional background singers and released as the debut album Village People in 1977. The album quickly climbed to the top of the dance charts and became an international hit.

Demand for the “Village People” to appear in concert and on television shows like American Bandstand and Merv Griffin was great. The only problem ... “Village People” was Victor Willis! So Morali, Belolo and Willis had to put together an actual group ... and quick. Morali and Belolo had already met Felipe Rose who dressed as a Native American. They recruited him. Willis brought in Alex Briley, who he’d previously worked with in a musical.

The quickly assembled original lineup appeared with Victor on American Bandstand was Mark Mussler (Construction Worker), David Forrest (Cowboy), Lee Mouton (Leatherman) and Peter Whitehead (nondescript). After that appearance, an ad was placed in a trade paper for ‘permanent’ members which read: Macho Types Wanted for World-Famous Disco Group -- Must Dance and Have a Moustache. Randy Jones, Glenn Hughes and David Hodo answered the call.

Casablanca Records and Filmworks, the group’s label, got behind their second album Macho Man with full promotion and marketing. Village People became an international phenomenon and quickly followed with their third album, the double-platinum Cruisin (which featured the blockbuster Y.M.C.A.). They embarked on a worldwide tour in 1979 to coincide with the release of their fourth album, Go West. The group has received many honors and awards, including the American Music Award for Favorite Musical Group, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.

After Willis exited in late 1979, several singers took over as lead singer of the group, including Ray Stephens, Miles Jaye and Raymond Simpson (who served the longest). The group went on to star in the 1980 movie Can’t Stop the Music. Over the years, various renditions of the group have consistently toured the world along with original members Felipe Rose and Alex Briley including Ray Simpson, Jeff Olson (cowboy), Eric Anzalone (Biker), Mark Lee (Construction Worker), Bill Whitefield (Construction Worker), and James Newman (Cowboy).

With hits like San Francisco/In Hollywood, Macho Man, Y.M.C.A., In the Navy and Go West, the group has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and continues to break records. In 2004 BMI recognized Y.M.C.A. as exceeding one million airplays. In 2017, Y.M.C.A. made UK's Official Millionaires Chart - songs that have reached 1 million in combined sales/streams.

In 2017 Victor Willis returned to Village People as lead singer and revamped the group. Backed by a live band, Village People continues to thrill concert-goers around the world -- as they did back in the day.

In 2021 Y.M.C.A. was inducted into the US Library of Congress National Recording Registry. In 2022 Y.M.C.A. was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Also in 2022, Village People returned to the Billboard charts with top 10 and top 20 hits from their Christmas album titled Magical Christmas.

Village People is: Victor Willis (Cop/Admiral), Javier Perez (Native American), James Kwong (Construction Worker), Nicholas Manelic (Cowboy), James Lee (G.I.), and James J.J. Lippold (Leatherman)..

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BOOKING INQUIRIES

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MANAGEMENT
Village People trademark is the property of Can’t Stop Productions, Inc. 

Karen Willis  karen@harlemwestmusic.com

MUSIC RIGHTS
The music of Village People is owned by Harlem West Music Group, Can’t Stop Music and Scorpio Music. Unauthorized use is prohibited. Our music licensing team at Reach Music is here to assist you with sync licensing, mechanical licensing and general usage of Village People material.

Mike Phegley mphegley@reachmusic.com

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