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Victor Willis

Victor Edward Willis (born July 1, 1951) is a singer, songwriter, actor; and most known as the original lead singer of the disco group Village People. His persona was the Cop and Naval Officer. The son of a Baptist preacher, Willis developed his singing skills in his father's church. With training in acting and dance, he went to New York and joined the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company. He appeared in many musicals and plays, including the original Broadway production of The Wiz in 1976 and subsequently, the Australian production. Willis also had written and recorded several demos of music in the mid-1970s and was eventually introduced to French disco producer Jacques Morali. Morali, who dubbed him the "young man with the big voice", approached Willis and said, "I had a dream that you sang lead vocals on my album and it went very, very big". Willis agreed to sing lead and background vocals under the auspices of Village People, a non-existent concept group which included the hits "San Francisco (You've Got Me)" and "In Hollywood (Everybody is a Star)". The album became a huge hit in the burgeoning disco market. After an offer from Dick Clark for the group to perform on American

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Village People Singer -- UNBANNING THE Y.M.C.A ... After Sterling Booted from Clippers

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UNBANNING THE Y.M.C.A After Sterling Booted from Clippers

Once again, there's a place you can go ... if you wanna hear the "Y.M.C.A." ... because the singer from the Village People is UNBANNING the Clippers from playing his song, now that Donald Sterling… READ MORE >

Village People Cop -- 'Idol' Considering Me as Judge!!

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The guy who played the original cop in the Village People claims he recently had a meeting with "American Idol" execs ... who told him that he's a "dark horse candidate" to be a judge on the show!… READ MORE >

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