Village People Symphony Show
Led by the group’s founder, Victor Willis, the Village People will be performing, along with your symphony, all those familiar disco-era hits that made this group famous. Bring your dancing shoes and get your groove on with songs like “Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man,” “Go West,” “In the Navy” and many more.
A GREAT CONCEPT . . .
Village People is one of the most iconic music groups in the world. Their music has become part of the international songbook. The group’s hits are featured in dozens of major motionpictures, on Broadway, in commercials and in “Village People Party” slot machines. Of course, Y.M.C.A(along with its dance) is played at almost every party, wedding, bar mitzvah, and sporting event in the universe.
It began in 1977 when producer Jacques Morali and his partner Henri Belolo, known collectively as Can’t Stop Productions, were recording a new album for their hit group the Ritchie Family, called African Queen and needed background singers. Horace Ott, the arranger/conductor who was working with them, suggested Victor Willis, a singer he was recording who also was performing in the Broadway musical The Wiz. After Willis completed background on the album, Morali approached him about another musical project he and Belolo were planning which turned out to be Village People.
“I had a dream that you sang lead vocals on an album I produced, and it went very, very big,” Morali told Willis. “I have four tracks. I can’t pay you much right now but if you agree, I’ll make you a star.” Willis agreed and the rest is history.
Those initial four tracks, San Francisco (You’ve Got Me), In Hollywood (Everyone’s a Star), Fire Island, and Village People were recorded by Willis with professional background singers and released as the debut album Village People in 1977. The album quickly climbed to