For 40 years, the music of Village People has been putting smiles on the faces of fans around the world. Their hits have become part of the international songbook.
It began in 1977 when producer/composer Jacques Morali, with business partner Henri Belolo, approached Victor Willis, who was performing in the Broadway musical “The Wiz.” Morali had four tracks, Willis recorded them, they were released on the debut album “Village People,” and the rest, as they say, is history. Village People initially was simply Victor Willis. The album quickly rose to the top of the dance charts and a live group was formed around Willis.
Village People become an international phenomenon with the release of their second album, “Macho Man.” Following the release of their third album, “Cruisin,” they embarked on a worldwide tour. Cher, Michael Jackson and Madonna are among artists who appeared with the group everywhere from Las Vegas to Madison Square Garden to Hollywood’s Greek Theatre.
With hits such as “San Francisco/In Hollywood,” “Macho Man,” “YMCA,” “In the Navy” and “Go West,” the group sold more than 100 million records worldwide. In September 2008, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On the 40th anniversary of the group, Willis returned to his original role as lead singer. With his powerful and distinctive voice, the party continues, featuring a live band for a world-class Village People performance.