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Village People

Like Elvis, everyone either knows them, or of them. The brain-child of Jaques Morali, after seeing Felipe in full Village People.Indian regalia dancing to a crowd in Greenwich Village. He decided to put together a group reflecting several different American social styles. The Disco era was in full swing and Village People became an instant hit.

San Francisco/In Hollywood, Fire Island. Macho Man, YMCA, In the Navy, Go West, become essential hits played at clubs throughout the world. 'Fire Island' used to be my CB handle all those years ago when the craze was fashionable. Now, does that say something...?

Village People."Can't Stop the Music" starring Village People remains a cult film. Not a great success at the time (the Disco era was past its peak) but essential for their many fans. Copies do seem hard to find in the UK. Victor Willis, the original cop, quit the group only days before filming started and so doesn't appear. Eighteen years later he's arrested and jailed on robbery and drug charges. The Press, unhelpfully, still linked him with the group.

The group broke-up for a while in the eighties, but (thank heavens!) reformed in the nineties. They still currently tour world-wide and if you get the chance to see them live, don't miss it! It really is an experience! I was privileged to see them live in Bristol some years back!

The current crew are: Eric Anzalone (Biker), Alexander Briley (GI), David Hodo (Constr.Wkr), Jeff Olsen
Village People.
(Cowboy), Felipe Rose (Indian) Ray Simpson (Cop).

Victor Willis (Orig. Cop) and Randy Jones (Orig. Cowboy) are no longer with the group. Jaques Morali died in 1991 aged 44yrs.

Update: Sadly, on March 4th. 2001, Glenn Hughes died from lung cancer at his home in Manhattan. He was 50. Although still associated with Village People he had not appeared with them since 1996, preferring to sing locally in Manhattan Cabarets. (Village People sold more than 65 million albums and singles during his time with them.) A great voice and a great character, he will be sadly missed. Village People are currently doing concerts in America. - 20/03/01.

Update: 'Can't Stop The Music' re-mastered and re-released on DVD April '02.

Policeman.Construction.Indian.
Leather.Cowboy.Sailor.

 

Village People are on YouTube:

(Excellent quality - links open in new window)

 

IN THE NAVY

IN THE NAVY

SEX OVER THE PHONE

SEX OVER THE PHONE

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY

 

Village People in Celebrity Family Feud.

Village People in Celebrity Family Feud.
Photo credit: Danny Feld. (Original is larger and good quality.)
Shown USA February 2003 - Will we ever see it in the UK?

 

Yes, they're still going strong and packing 'em in.

30 years of Village People!

Watch the tour videos at:
The Official Village People Website
plus concert dates, news, latest pictures.


Also excellent:
Felipe's website.

And for all the best Village People lyrics visit:
 
http://lyrics.rare-lyrics.com/V/Village-People.html

Village People 2005

Village People 2005 - as popular as ever!
Photo credit: Christian Koller - Kronen Zeitung.
(Original is larger and good quality.)
 


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