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Former Village People 'cop' sues

Former Village People 'cop' sues

CARDIFF, Wales, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Victor Willis, a former member of the 1970s New York disco group Village People, says he is suing for ownership of songs recorded by that group and others.

Village People singer out of hospital

SAN DIEGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Former Village People "policeman" Victor Willis reportedly has been released from a California hospital after undergoing surgery on his vocal cords.

Village People star has vocal cord surgery

SAN DIEGO, July 8 (UPI) -- Victor Willis' publicist said the original lead singer of the U.S. disco group the Village People is expected to make a full recovery from vocal cord surgery.

Village People cop given last chance

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Village People Cop Victor Willis, who wrote "Y.M.C.A." and "Macho Man," was sent to rehab instead of jail by California judge who cited his "potential in life."

Village People cop in police custody

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 (UPI) -- The original policeman in The Village People, Victor Willis, has been arrested in San Francisco after being on the lam since September.

Village People cop skips another hearing

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Warrants have been issued for Village People's original policeman, Victor Willis, for failing to surrender for sentencing on drug charges.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Narch 1-7.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Sylvia Robinson of Mickey and Sylvia, who was born in 1936 (age 67); Zombie drummer Hugh Grundy in 1945 (age 58); Kiki Dee, whose real name is Pauline Matthews, and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, both in 1947 (age 56); and b
By United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 6) Today's birthdays include Sylvia Robinson of Mickey and Sylvia, who was born in 1936 (age 66); Zombie drummer Hugh Grundy in 1945 (age 57); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 2) Today's birthdays include country singer Doc Watson in 1923 (age 79); guitarist Willie Chambers of the Chambers Brothers in 1938 (age 64); Lou Reed in 1943 (age 59); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Victor Willis
The original lead singer of the music group Village People Victor Willis gestures after he was asked to move back into a storefront where he was signing autographs after ceremonies honoring the Village People with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on September 12, 2008. Willis was not invited to attend the ceremonies by the current group members. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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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, he 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 Willis 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".

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Victor Willis."
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