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Victor Willis is an American
singer, songwriter as well as an actor who is known to be the first member of Village People, a disco group a
non-existent concept group. He was the lead vocalist of the group, and a song
writer too and appeared mostly dressed as a police man or a Navy officer. The
group that released many songs had a couple of smashing hits, mainly "In
Hollywood (Everybody is a Star)" and "San Francisco (You've Got
Me)". With the success they achieved, the group was later asked to join
and perform at the American Bandstand, but was short on members.
Their success and fame was rising
day by day with more hit songs coming out one after another. Songs like
"In the Navy" and “Macho Man” was making the top spot in charts and
in the meanwhile, a feature film was released in 1980 by the name of Can't Stop the Music about the group.
The film’s failure and record as “one of the biggest flops” was not as disheartening
as the departure of Willis from the band. After he left, the band didn’t have
any “hits” and in order to do what they did best, Willis was asked to re-join
the band and in 1982 he joined and made an album named Fox on the Box, which
was never released. A year later, he left the group and never returned back.
Victor Edward Willis was born on
the 1st of July, 1951 in Dallas, Texas, United States of America. He
was born as the son of a preacher father, who was a Baptist. He was raised in a
middle class family, and from a young age was very interested into music. With
his particular singing skills, his father made him sing the choir in church and
he also learned music as well as acting, in his school. After graduation, he
went to New York to pursue a career, and started to work at the Negro Ensemble Company. Hanging around
theatre companies, he started to feature in a couple of musical plays, and also
appeared in several stage shows. Having written several albums, he released his
solo work in an album Solo Man, which was released recently in the August of
After leaving the Village People, he was silent for long
time until news came about him possessing drugs in his place. He was arrested
for keeping illegal medicines and narcotics, and after facing certain probation
was ordered to attend the Betty Ford Clinic, for rehabilitation. After being
treated successfully, he appeared in the media after 25 years and in an
interview, said "The nightmare of
drug abuse is being lifted from my life... now that the haze of drugs are gone,
I'm thinking and seeing clearer now than I have in years... I'm looking forward
to living the second part of my life drug-free." Regarding his
personal life, he has been married for a couple of times. His first marriage
was Phylicia Ayers-Allen, a singer in 1978, only getting divorced in 1982.
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