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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
"One of the weird psychological things about doing what we did is that after you perform 100 concerts, slowly but surely you begin to believe you really are the singer," Robert Pilatus said. "It screws you up. You're out on stage and you catch yourself thinking that it really is your own voice." Milli Vanilli's first European tour started Sept. 5, 1989, and lasted 10 weeks.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
On Aug. 30, 1989, Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan met with top officials from Arista at the World Trade Center in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We haven't seen any "Honk if you sang on Milli Vanilli's record" bumper stickers . . . yet. But given the rate Milli Vanilli jokes and gags are proliferating, you should probably check out the car in front of you. Judging by how quickly the nation's comics have jumped on the Milli Vanilli joke wagon, the lip-syncing duo may have a wing of their own in the Easy Target Hall of Fame--right beside Leona Helmsley, Donald Trump and Dan Quayle.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
G irl you know it's . . . Girl you know it's . . . Girl you know it's . . . Girl you know it's . . . It was Robert Pilatus' and Fabrice Morvan's worst nightmare come true. There they were dancing and moving their lips in front of 15,000 fans. And the sound system broke down. The machine wouldn't say the word true and, like a scratched record, began to repeat the opening lyrics of the lip-syncing Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's less than a week after pop duo Milli Vanilli revealed that they did not sing on their Grammy-winning album or in their live appearances, but repercussions from the hoax are already beginning to be felt throughout the music industry. The Grammy, for best new artist of 1989, was revoked Monday by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an Oakland woman has sued the group for fraud and legislators are proposing to outlaw undisclosed lip-syncing.
NEWS
November 20, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences revoked Milli Vanilli's 1989 Grammy for best new artist on Monday, marking the first such action in the 33-year history of the recording industry award. The Burbank-based academy's board of trustees took action after admissions last week by Milli Vanilli performers Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan and their German producer, Frank Farian, that the photogenic pop duo did not sing a note on their album, "Girl You Know It's True."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Milli Vanilli's Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan intend to give back their 1989 best new artist Grammy to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at a press conference in Hollywood on Tuesday. "We know that we were involved in something that was wrong," Morvan told The Times over the weekend. "Fabrice and I want to give the Grammy back to the real singers," Pilatus said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and DARRELL DAWSEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fans were not amused. The "we were never fans of that techno-pop garbage" people were not surprised. The hip were not paying attention. But everyone had something to say.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN
The biggest embarrassment in the Milli Vanilli affair is that the lip-syncing duo was awarded a Grammy in the first place. In picking Milli Vanilli as the best new artists of 1989, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences voters were simply seduced by record sales.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials of Arista Records knew that pop duo Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan did not sing on their 7 million-selling "Girl You Know It's True" album before the duo won the 1989 Grammy Award for best new artist of the year, a group member and a former manager said Friday. The allegations contradict claims made by a spokesman for the record company earlier, after record producer Frank Farian and Pilatus admitted the performers did not sing on the album.
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