Now in their 37th Year!
Beginning their 37th year as the “kings of disco”, Village People 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 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 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 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 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 hits have been heard on dozens of major motion pictures including Down Periscope, Wayne’s World II, Adams Family Values and In and Out. 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 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 are on the Internet at www.officialvillagepeople.com, and Facebook (officialvillagepeople). The one-of-a-kind Village People is synonymous with dance music. These six talented men combine energetic choreography with outrageous fun and lots of singing and dancing, and provide great entertainment for all!