Village People a popular concept that became a group
Village People from New York City, were a concept before
they were a group.
His first recruit was Felipe Rose, a go-go dancer who
was dressed in an American Indian costume.
Each member of the group was outfitted to cash in on the homosexual "macho" stereotyping. Rose was dressed as an American Indian, Jones as a cowboy, Willis as a policeman, Hodo dressed as hard-hat construction worker, Hughes as a biker and Briley as a soldier.
The first hit was in the UK with "San Francisco"
in 1977, and their first major US hit was "Macho Man" in 1978,
followed by two international hits, "Y.M.C.A." (UK number 1/US
number 2) and "In The Navy" (UK number 2/US number 3).
After that Victor Willis quit the group and was replaced
by Ray Simpson.
Jaye was later signed to Island Records as a solo artist,
achieving success on the US R&B singles chart in the late 80s.
Morali who started the group died of an AIDS-related
illness in 1991.
FELIPE ROSE (The Indian)
Felipe is born 1955 and a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican and American Indian heritage raised in Brooklyn.
He is a well-known personality in the entertainment
industry. During the 1980's and he sang and danced with Tito Puente in
concert. He also starred in the role of Bernardo in a regional theatre
production of "West Side Story."
Currently he is a New Jersey resident, a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd. (the Village People corporation).
ALEXANDER BRILEY (G.I.)
Alexander Briley is the original G.I./Military Man of
Alex arranged most of the vocal for the group. Alex became a sailor for the song "In the Navy" and a soldier the rest of the time.
Currently he resides in Westchester, New York and is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd. (the Village People corporation).
RANDY JONES (The First Cowboy)
Randy Jones born 1952 is best known as the original Cowboy from Village People. He was operating as the spokesman for the group during interviews at the time.
After the Village People he has had a long career in
the entertainment business. As a member of Agnes DeMille Heritage Dance
Theatre, a member of Grace Jones' show, and in touring companies of Meet
Me In St. Louis, Oklahoma, and Carousel.
You can find a lot more on Randy's own great looking
DAVID HODO (Construction Worker)
David Hodo was born 1957 and raised in San Andreas,
David is an animal freak with two cats that he
rescued from the streets of his neighborhood. He claims that if he wasn't
touring so much, he would have a menagerie.
GLENN HUGHES (The Biker)
Born July 18th 1950. Died March 4rd 2001 at the
age of 50.
Hughes, who was a bridge toll collector before donning his chains and skins and striking it big with the band requested that he'd be buried in full leather regalia.
VICTOR WILLIS (First Cop)
Victor Willis was the Lead Singer and he left the band in 1979.
RAY SIMPSON (Cop)
Ray Simpson is the lead singer and Cop of Village
People was born and raised in the Bronx.
Ray, his wife Leslie and daughter Alayna now reside in New Jersey.
JEFF OLSON (Second Cowboy)
Jeff Olson, the Cowboy, was born in New York City.
After 3 years, STEPCHILD disbanded and Jeff moved to
the San Francisco. While in California, he was also chosen to co-star
in the film "L.A. Crackdown." and was then recruited by a fashion
agent in San Francisco.
During the late 1980's, Mr. Olson owned and operated
a sports bar in the L.A. area.
ERIC ANZALONE (Second Biker/Leatherman)
Eric is the newest member of Village People. He was
born in Dayton, Ohio but grew up in Santa Barbara, California.
In the 1980's, Eric was the frontman for the Los Angeles based heavy-metal band PARADIGM and he has written and performed with a few other grunge/thrash bands over the years. He was also the guitarist in the grungy-alternative band SIR.
Beginning in November 1995, Eric took over the role
of the Biker/Leatherman.
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