VILLAGE PEOPLE * featuring Ray Simpson
Now in their 40th Year!
Beginning their 40th year as the “kings of disco”, Village People* featuring Ray Simpson in recent years performed a full schedule of fairs, festivals, universities and casinos throughout the United States as well as Canada, Brazil, France, Japan, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Romania, Australia, Mexico and Poland and now they happily return to the South Africa!
Selling more than 100 million recordings, Village People* featuring Ray Simpson were an instant phenomenon in the ‘70s and ‘80s with hits San Francisco/In Hollywood, Macho Man, YMCA, In the Navy, Go West , Can't Stop the Music and more.
In the summer of 2013, Village People* featuring Ray Simpson added a new single to their show:"Let's Go Back to the Dance Floor". This crowd pleaser is available on i-Tunes and Amazon.com and was written and produced by KC of "Sunshine Band" fame.
Recent TV commercials have included the iconic group of 6 men, including American Express (with Beyonce and Ellen Degeneres), Wonderful Pistachios and Miracle Whip (with Susan Boyle, Lance Bass and Wynona Judd). They were also recently seen on TV on the Arsenio Hall Show, Fox’s Wendy Williams Show and NBC’s “Singing Bee” with Joey Fatone. Past performances include the Jay Leno Show the Rosie O'Donnell Show, Oprah, Dick Clark's New Years Eve celebration and Married with Children.
Village People* featuring Ray Simpson starred in the major feature movie Can't Stop the Music co-starring Steve Guttenberg, Bruce Jenner, Valerie Perrine, Paul Sand, June Havoc, Tammy Grimes and directed by Nancy Walker. It remains a popular cult film around the world.
In September 2008, Village People* featuring Ray Simpson finally received a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group has won many worldwide awards including the American Music Award-Favorite Musical Group 1979, AGVA's Georgie Award, West Germany's Gold Lion Award for music excellence, Brazil's 1981 Award for Best Act, etc.
Their own film Can’t Stop the Music is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011 as a world-wide cult favorite. They were also featured in advertisements for “Trivial Pursuit’s 20th Anniversary Edition (they are also featured as a question).
They were half-time entertainment for Australia’s Rugby Grand Finals, seen by more people than the Super Bowl in America. Their music is played during the seventh inning stretch at dozens of baseball stadiums and they often entertain sports fans with live performances following basketball, soccer and hockey games as well. At the final All-Star Game in the “old” Yankee Stadium, they performed “YMCA” with the groundskeepers.
Village People* featuring Ray Simpson are Ray Simpson (Cop & lead singer), Alexander Briley (G.I./Military), Felipe Rose (Native American Indian), Eric Anzalone (Biker), Bill Whitefield (Construction Worker), and Jim Newman (Cowboy).
Village People* featuring Ray Simpson are on the Internet at www.villagepeople.band, and Facebook (officialvillagepeople). These six talented men combine energetic choreography with outrageous fun and lots of singing and dancing, and provide great entertainment for all!
Village People* featuring Ray Simpson is the group that has previously performed for more than 30 years as Village People performing high energy shows and mega-hits like YMCA, Macho Man, and In the Navy.
*The trademark Village People is the subject of litigation. There are two groups performing as Village People.