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Village People is an American disco group best known for their on-stage costumes, catchy tunes, and suggestive lyrics.wikipedia
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Village People is an American disco group best known for their on-stage costumes, catchy tunes, and suggestive lyrics.
Well-known disco artists include Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, the Bee Gees, Chic, KC and the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Sister Sledge, Cerrone, Village People and Michael Jackson.

Village People (album)

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The group was originally formed by French producers Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and lead singer Victor Willis following the release of the debut album Village People, which targeted disco's gay audience.
Village People is the self-titled debut album by Village People, released on July 11, 1977.

Jacques Morali

The group was originally formed by French producers Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and lead singer Victor Willis following the release of the debut album Village People, which targeted disco's gay audience.
Jacques Morali (4 July 1947 – 15 November 1991 ) was a French disco and dance music record producer and songwriter, known for creating acts like the Ritchie Family and Village People.

Macho Man (song)

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The group quickly became popular and moved into the mainstream, scoring several disco and dance hits internationally, including the hit singles "Macho Man", "In the Navy", "Go West" and their biggest hit, "Y.M.C.A.".
"Macho Man" is the second single recorded by the American disco group Village People.

Victor Willis

The group was originally formed by French producers Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and lead singer Victor Willis following the release of the debut album Village People, which targeted disco's gay audience.
He is best known as the founding member of the disco group Village People and also as lead singer and co-songwriter for all of their most successful singles.

In the Navy

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The group quickly became popular and moved into the mainstream, scoring several disco and dance hits internationally, including the hit singles "Macho Man", "In the Navy", "Go West" and their biggest hit, "Y.M.C.A.".
"In the Navy" is a song by the American disco group Village People.

Felipe Rose

Morali met the first recruit, Felipe Rose (who claims indigenous American descent and dressed as a Native American), in a New York gay bar called the Anvil.
Felipe Rose (born January 12, 1954) is an original member of the disco group the Village People.

Horace Ott

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The Village People studio band was called Gypsy Lane, conducted by Horace Ott, who also provided much of the musical arrangements for Morali, who did not play any instruments.
Horace Ott (born April 15, 1933) is an American jazz and R&B composer, arranger, record producer, conductor and pianist, noted for his work since the late 1950s with a wide variety of artists including The Shirelles, Don Covay, Nina Simone, Houston Person, Village People, and many more.

Glenn Hughes (Village People)

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They took out an ad in a theatre trade paper which read: "Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance And Have A Moustache." Glenn Hughes (leatherman), David Hodo (construction worker) and Randy Jones (cowboy) were among the hundreds who answered the ad.
Glenn Martin Hughes (July 18, 1950 – March 4, 2001) was the original "Leatherman" character in the disco group Village People from 1977 to 1996.

Macho Man (album)

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With the "official" lineup in place, the group did a hasty photo-shoot for the cover of the already-recorded Macho Man album.
Macho Man is the second studio album by Village People, released on February 27, 1978.

Henri Belolo

The group was originally formed by French producers Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and lead singer Victor Willis following the release of the debut album Village People, which targeted disco's gay audience.
In the 1970s, with his friend, composer Jacques Morali, he worked in the United States, creating The Ritchie Family as well as their most successful group, Village People.

Alex Briley

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Willis hand-picked Alex Briley (who initially portrayed an athlete but eventually became the group's soldier/sailor).
Alexander Briley (born April 12, 1947) is an American singer who was the original "G.I." in the disco recording act Village People.

Can't Stop the Music

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Willis left the group in August 1979, during production of the upcoming musical movie tentatively titled Discoland: Where the Music Never Ends.
Written by Allan Carr and Bronté Woodard, the film is a pseudo-biography of disco's Village People that bears only a vague resemblance to the actual story of the group's formation.

David Hodo

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They took out an ad in a theatre trade paper which read: "Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance And Have A Moustache." Glenn Hughes (leatherman), David Hodo (construction worker) and Randy Jones (cowboy) were among the hundreds who answered the ad.
David "Scar" Hodo (born July 7, 1947) is an American singer who performed the construction worker character in the group Village People from 1978-2013.

Live and Sleazy

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The end of 1979 saw the release of Live and Sleazy, a double album featuring Victor Willis on lead vocals on the “Live” disc and Simpson's debut with the group on the "Sleazy" disc.
Live and Sleazy is the first live album and fifth studio album by the Village People and features a mixture of live and studio recordings.

Ray Simpson

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He was replaced by Ray Simpson, the brother of Valerie Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson) who had previously sung background vocals with the group on their 1979 tour.
Ray Simpson (born January 15, 1950) is an American singer best known as a former lead singer and "Cop" of the disco super-group Village People having been in that role for over 30 years.

Randy Jones (singer)

Randy Jones
They took out an ad in a theatre trade paper which read: "Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance And Have A Moustache." Glenn Hughes (leatherman), David Hodo (construction worker) and Randy Jones (cowboy) were among the hundreds who answered the ad.
Randy Jones (born September 13, 1952 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American disco and pop singer and best known as the cowboy from Village People from 1977 and 1980, and again from 1987 until 1990.

Renaissance (Village People album)

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In 1981, with new wave music becoming more popular than disco, Village People took off their on-stage costumes, where they put on a new look inspired by the New Romantic movement, and released the album Renaissance.
Renaissance is the seventh studio album by American disco group Village People, released in 1981.

Steve Guttenberg

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The film was directed by Nancy Walker, written by Allan Carr and Bronte Woodard, music and lyrics by Jacques Morali (except Willis penned the lyrics to "Milkshake" and "Magic Night") and starring Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine, Jean-Claude Billmaer, and Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner.
The same year he starred in the Nancy Walker-directed Can't Stop the Music, a semiautobiographical movie about the disco group Village People.

Fox on the Box

Victor Willis rejoined the group briefly in late 1981 for writing and recording the album Fox on the Box, which was released in 1982 in Europe and Japan, and in 1983 in the United States under the title In the Street.
Fox on the Box is the eighth studio album by Village People.

Sex Over the Phone

Their next album, the 1985 dance/Hi-NRG release Sex Over the Phone, was not a huge commercial success, but it fared better in sales and club play than Renaissance.
Sex Over the Phone is the ninth studio album by Village People.

Bronte Woodard

Bronté Woodard
The film was directed by Nancy Walker, written by Allan Carr and Bronte Woodard, music and lyrics by Jacques Morali (except Willis penned the lyrics to "Milkshake" and "Magic Night") and starring Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine, Jean-Claude Billmaer, and Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner.
He also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1980 Village People film Can't Stop the Music with Grease producer Allan Carr.

Miles Jaye

David Hodo and Ray Simpson both left the group in 1982 with Mark Lee and Miles Jaye replacing them respectively.
He was for a time the lead singer of Village People.

Ray Stephens (singer)

Ray Stephens
The album featured yet another new lead singer, Ray Stephens (of The Great Space Coaster fame).
In 1985, Stephens became the lead singer of Village People and toured England with the group that year.

American Bandstand

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The others were Mark Mussler (construction worker), Dave Forrest (cowboy), Lee Mouton (leatherman/biker), and Peter Whitehead (one of the group's early songwriters), who appeared on American Bandstand and in the video for the group's first hit, "San Francisco (You Got Me)".
The Village People performed their legendary song, "YMCA" for the audience in Pasadena, California.