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May 17, 2012
As a singer and songwriter for the 1970s disco group the Village People, Victor Willis scored multiple hits that helped define that era for the baby boom generation. Now, Willis (the one dressed as a motorcycle cop, not the cowboy, the construction worker, the Native American or the biker) stands to collect a larger share of the money those hits generate. This month he won a legal battle to reclaim his share of the copyrights to the songs he co-wrote, including such classics as "Y.M.C.A.
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December 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
The original lead singer for the Village People doesn't mind that his 1970s disco hit "Y.M.C.A. " became a gay anthem, but he doesn't want it used to protest the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. With gay rights a hot-button issue for the upcoming Games, Victor Willis says he recently declined an invitation to appear in Russia and has similarly dismissed suggestions that he perform the tune as a rallying cry.  "If they want to use the song that way, go right ahead," Willis said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By David Lazarus
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Victor Willis, the original policeman in the disco band the Village People, is planning his first performance in about 25 years, his publicist said. Willis, 55, will appear at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on Aug. 31 in a show previewing his planned 2008 world tour, publicist Alice Wolf said. Willis co-wrote hits such as "YMCA" and "In the Navy," Village People standards in the late 1970s. He left the band in 1980.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2008 | Bob Pool
The 1970s disco group Village People, whose hit song "YMCA" helped turn the costumed singers into pop music icons, will receive a star on the Walk of Fame -- near Hollywood's actual YMCA. Group members will appear in their signature outfits -- depicting a police officer, an Indian chief, a soldier, a construction worker, a cowboy and a biker -- for the Sept. 12 unveiling ceremony, leaders of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday. -- Bob Pool
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
Glenn Hughes, a singer who performed as the mustachioed, leather-clad biker in the disco band the Village People, has died of lung cancer. He was 50. Hughes, who died on March 4 at his home in Manhattan, was one of six men who formed the Village People, a disco group that capitalized on fetishized images of the American male popular in New York's gay nightclubs.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You're at a cocktail party, you're introduced to a man, you ask him what he does for a living . . . and he answers, "I'm the construction worker in the Village People." How do you react? David Hodo is the hard-hatted character in the camp disco troupe, known--and often scorned--for such '70s bubble-gum dance hits as "Macho Man" and "Y.M.C.A." For 17 years now he's watched and listened to people's response upon hearing his profession.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Don't let the retro styling fool you. Although they look like comic extra rejects from a '70s variety show with some heavy metal updating, the magician-trickster-funny-men of "Elephant Room" are goofy originals, very much of our makeshift moment. No point in trying to categorize the show, which opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Created by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo, the entire production is a sleight of hand. With a smattering of magic, sketch comedy and cat-and-mouse with the audience, the trio of performers, working under the aliases Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond and Louie Magic, foster the illusion of a complete theatrical offering.
OPINION
May 17, 2012
As a singer and songwriter for the 1970s disco group the Village People, Victor Willis scored multiple hits that helped define that era for the baby boom generation. Now, Willis (the one dressed as a motorcycle cop, not the cowboy, the construction worker, the Native American or the biker) stands to collect a larger share of the money those hits generate. This month he won a legal battle to reclaim his share of the copyrights to the songs he co-wrote, including such classics as "Y.M.C.A.
WORLD
December 16, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
In a rocky valley at the northern tip of Lebanon, three generations of a Syrian farming family cluster around a small gas heater in the derelict schoolhouse that has become their refuge. When there is electricity, they are glued to the television, which transmits grainy amateur video of chanting protesters and bloodied bodies just across the border in their strife-torn home province of Homs. Interrupting one another in a rush to be heard, family members describe communities under siege by an iron-fisted state, and village turning against village in a chilling cycle of abductions, beatings and killings.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2011
COMEDY Can't Stop the Music Winner of the first Razzie Award, this musical comedy grooves its way through a storyline based on '70s disco icons the Village People. Amid the polyester and sequins, the film features a young Bruce Jenner and Steve Guttenberg. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 1:30 p.m. Free. (310) 440-4500. Skirball.org . The Axis of Awesome The Australian musical comedy trio, best known for its YouTube hit "Four Chords," will celebrate the release of its new album, "Animal Vehicle," with a night of keen pop parodies and banter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2008 | Bob Pool
The 1970s disco group Village People, whose hit song "YMCA" helped turn the costumed singers into pop music icons, will receive a star on the Walk of Fame -- near Hollywood's actual YMCA. Group members will appear in their signature outfits -- depicting a police officer, an Indian chief, a soldier, a construction worker, a cowboy and a biker -- for the Sept. 12 unveiling ceremony, leaders of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday. -- Bob Pool
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Victor Willis, the original policeman in the disco band the Village People, is planning his first performance in about 25 years, his publicist said. Willis, 55, will appear at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on Aug. 31 in a show previewing his planned 2008 world tour, publicist Alice Wolf said. Willis co-wrote hits such as "YMCA" and "In the Navy," Village People standards in the late 1970s. He left the band in 1980.
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