Village People History
Village People is the greatest disco group in the world. Their music is part of the international songbook. Their debut album, released in 1977, featured the hit singles “San Francisco (You Got Me)” and “In Hollywood (Everyone’s A Star).”
However, Village People at that time was simply Victor Willis with use of session singers. Eventually, a group of guys were assembled around Victor to perform on American Bandstand. This began the creation of Village People as a bona fide group.
The Village People became an international phenomenon with their second album Macho Man which was once again recorded by Victor with use of session singers before all the members were assembled. Next was the five-time platinum album Cruisin which featured the blockbuster hit “Y.M.C.A.” Finally, the Go West album, and Live and Sleazy were released. Victor Willis then departed Village People but not before leaving the group with such smash hits as “Y.M.C.A” “Macho Man” “Go West” “In the Navy” “Magic Night” and “Milk Shake.”
With Victor’s departure, the hit era of Village People was over, and so was the disco genre in general. Over the years, various renditions of Village People have consistently toured the world with use of various replacement lead singers, and characters. On the 40th anniversary of the group’s founding, Victor, the group’s co-founder who was Village People before Village People even existed as a group, returned with a fresh re-boot of the group.
Victor Willis, whose powerful and distinctive voice, known the world-over on all the group’s hits, is once again at the helm of Village People (with a live band) for world class Village People performances.