Let's Go Back to the Dance Floor
Sunshine Sound Records 2013
20th Century Masters, The Millenium Collection
USA - Universal 2001
Greatest Hits w/ Y.M.C.A. Millenium Mix
Wrasse Records (UK) 2000
We Want You - The Ultimate Collection
Polygram International (Australia) 1999
We Want You
Columbia/Sony Music (Finland) 1999
The Very Best of Village People
We Want You
The Best of Village People
The Best of Village People
L'Album D'Or 93/94
Greatest Hits, 1989 Remixes
Sex Over the Phone
LP/USA/Casablanca 1985 CD/USA/Polygram 1998
In the Street
LP/USA/Casablanca 1983 CD/USA/Polygram 1996
Fox On the Box
LP/USA/Casablanca 1982 CD/USA/Polygram 1996
LP/USA/Casablanca 1981 CD/USA/Polygram 1999
Can't Stop the Music Film Soundtrack
LP/USA/Casablanca 1980 CD/USA/Polygram 1996
Live and Sleazy
2LP/USA/Casablanca 1979 CD/USA/Polygram 1998
LP/USA/Casablanca 1979 CD/USA/Polygram 1996
LP/USA/Casablanca 1978 CD/USA/Polygram 1996
LP/USA/Casablanca 1978 CD/USA/Polygram 1996
LP/USA/Casablanca 1977 CD/USA/Polygram 1996
Management & Business:
329 Tecumseh Avenue
Mt. Vernon, NY 10553
Music Rights-US Publisher: Can’t Stop Music (BMI)
Agent & Bookings:
1325 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Music Rights-World Publisher: Scorpio Music (SACEM)
Over the past few years, Village People have performed a full schedule of concerts, festivals, universities, fairs, and casinos throughout the United States as well as Canada, Brazil, France, South Africa, England, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Romania, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Poland and much more. The Guinness World Records book certified their Sun Bowl appearance on December 31, 2008 as the world’s largest YMCA dance with over 40,000 fans “doing the YMCA moves” while the group performed.
They were recently seen on Fox’s Wendy Williams Show, NBC’s Singing Bee with Joey Fatone and in the American Express TV commercial with Ellen Degeneres and Beyonce and the 2012 Wonderful Pistachios spot too. Online, they recently sang with Susan Boyle, Lance Bass and Wynnona Judd on the 2013 Miracle Whip promo. But it’s their live concerts that keeps them a favorite among music fans worldwide. Here is a short history of how it all started and some highlights of their career:
Soon after, Morali and Belolo see Victor Willis in Broadway’s The Wiz and Victor brings along Alex Briley to play a G.I. Belolo and Morali hold auditions for 3 more performers and Village People is formed.
Selling more than 100 million recordings, Village People are an instant phenomenon with hits San Francisco/In Hollywood, Macho Man, YMCA, In the Navy, Go West and more. The Disco Era is in full bloom.
Madonna and Joan Rivers are among artists who appear as opening acts for Village People in Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden, Japan’s Budokan, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, and Hollywood’s Greek Theatre. Even Michael Jackson co-stars with Village People in LA’s Palladium.
The group wins 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, and on and on.
Village People star in their own 1980 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.
Village People are on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and are featured in Guinness Book of Hits, Time, Playboy, Playgirl, GQ, US, People, Paris Match, World Book Encyclopedia, Dick Clark’s 25 Years of Rock ‘n Roll & hundreds more. Television appearances include The Love Boat, Bob Hope Show, 20/20 (twice), American Bandstand, Solid Gold, Soul Train, Midnight Special and dozens more in over 20 nations.
The group takes a short break from the rigors of touring in 1986, during which time some of the members explore individual careers.
In 1990 on CBS Records (Australia) they record the top-ten hit Living in the Wildlife and in 1995 sing with the German Soccer Team on BMG Records (Germany) on the number one hit ‘Far Away in America’. Village People write and now perform in their show a new classic entitled ‘Trash Disco’, a tribute to the many artists and dance hits which are now a memorable part of the disco era. Besides Trash Disco their live show also features new material like Take My Breath Away by David Hodo.
Of the originating and long-term members, Ray, David, Felipe, Jeff and Alex continue on. In 1995 Eric Anzalone replaces ailing member Glenn Hughes as the Biker/Leatherman. And for the record- NO, The Greaseman was never a member! End of discussion.
Their hits are now being heard on dozens of recent major motion pictures including Down Periscope (the guys actually perform with the cast of Down Periscope as the credits roll during the film), Wayne’s World II, Adams Family Values and In and Out. They perform many times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as the Rosie O’Donnell Show, Oprah, Married with Children, Good Morning America, the Caroline Rhea Show, Dick Clark’s 50th Anniversary of American Bandstand, ABC’s Disco Ball – 30th Anniversary of Disco, and numerous appearances on VH-1 & MTV. Besides dueling it out with The Disco Divas (Thelma Houston, Martha Wash, Freda Payne, Janice Marie, Evelyn “Champagne” King) on the TV game show Family Feud, one of their wildest experiences is filming a unique documentary, titled Village People Go North Down Under, sharing music and culture with Aboriginal communities in Australia's Northern Territory.
They are the half-time entertainment for Australia’s Rugby Grand Finals seen by more people than the Superbowl. Their music is played during the seven inning stretch at dozens of baseball games and they often entertain sports fans with live performances following soccer and hockey games as well. In 1996 they were honored to be a part of the world champion New York Yankees ticker-tape parade in New York City, following the Yankees' World Series win.
In March of 2001, original member Glenn Hughes succumbs to lung cancer after a long fight. It is a devastating loss for the group as they lose a good friend and brother. Glenn is buried in his leathers as he had requested. God bless, Glenn...you are missed.
They bring in 2003 as the special guests of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Village People venture into "reality TV" when they perform on MTV's The Osbournes on New Years’ Eve, following the ceremony where Ozzy and Sharon renewed their wedding vows.
Village People tour with Cher on her Living Proof: Farewell Tour, opening for her on numerous dates in the USA, Canada, and Australia, including her final show at the Hollywood Bowl on April 30, 2005.
Other TV appearances include the 2004 Australian Footy Final, NBC’s The Singing Bee, Fox’s Wendy Williams Show (2010), Poland’s Sopot Festival and Italy’s RAI. In 2007, Village People break audience records at Disney World’s EPCOT.
The VP celebrate their 30th anniversary with a full page ad in Billboard and a new website to stay in touch with their many fans and reach out to a new generation of macho men and women. Their fans are actually getting younger as parents and grandparents bring their children to concerts to join the fun and dance and sing along.
In September 2008, Village People receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, between Liberace and Betty Grable.
On December 31, 2008, Village People and over 40,000 fans enter the Guinness World Record books with the largest crowd to ever do the YMCA dance. Village People lead the crowd in a joyous and exciting moment of history. Believe it or not, the Village People have performed YMCA live in front of more than 200,000 people, but Guinness wasn't there to certify!
2010 was the 30th Anniversary of the Village People cult musical movie hit Can’t Stop the Music which they celebrate with 3 weeks in Australia on the Can’t Stop the Music tour.
To celebrate their 35th year in 2011, the guys kick off this monumental achievement with a ten-show performance in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Riviera Hotel and Casino titled Raw, Hot & Live! The show lives up to its title causing fans to get their hands on any and all merchandise available at the show that would help them re-live the moment. The press gives rave reviews and the word quickly spreads across the country that the Village People show was raw….hot….and all the way live!
In the summer of 2013, Let’s Go Back to the Dance Floor, Village People’s first worldwide release in 25 years (available on iTunes, Amazon etc.) and written and produced by Harry Casey (KC & the Sunshine Band!) joins their other hits as a super-popular addition to their stage show. It’s also the last collaboration with beloved members David Hodo and Jeff Olson before they retire after decades with the group.
Jim Newman replaces Jeff Olson as the Cowboy and Bill Whitefield takes over the Construction Worker from David Hodo--Felipe, Alex, Ray and Eric remain as the longtime members. You can't stop the music...and the party continues.
Eric was born in Dayton, Ohio but grew up in Santa Barbara, California. He studied theatre with a music minor at the University of Miami, Florida and graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Film and Media in May 2012.
Eric has performed in various stage productions around the world. A few tid bits include killing many brain cells in the role of Berger in the European tour of HAIR, as a soloist performing Broadway standards with the Bratislavian Orchestra, and singing on the high seas for Princess Cruises. He starred as the purple-masked Donatello in the world tour of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles following the Turtles’ album release Coming Out Of Their Shells and as a guest on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as well as TV shows around the globe. In 1994 he again donned the “extremely comfortable” green suit and, this time, lent his voice as well but as Raphael in the films A Turtles’ Christmas and Turtle Tunes.
In the 1980s Eric was the front man for the Los Angeles based heavy-metal band PARADIGM. He has written and performed with other punk/metal bands over the years. Most recently touring the States and the UK as the guitarist in the power-punk quartet SiR.
Eric’s semi-autobiographical novel Collisions Course (penned under the name J.E. Anzalone) was released in the spring of 2012, and he is the host of the web series and TV show What Matters Most. He is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and can legally officiate wedding ceremonies. Eric and Felipe (the Native American), who's also a ULC ordained minister, actually married Elberta and Frank Goldsmith on stage at the Riviera Casino in Las Vegas during a Village People show!
Having escaped from Los Angeles in 1992, Eric calls New Jersey home, where he lives with his wife, Courtney, and his daughter, Samantha. Eric is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd. (the Village People corporation).
What happens when the performance of a person becomes the trademark of a personality? Felipe Rose is he a puzzle? Felipe Rose is best known as the American Indian attired vocalist in the world famous Village People.
Felipe is a native New Yorker, having been raised and brought up in Brooklyn. His Puerto Rican and Native American heritage (Lakota Sioux) is reflected in the clothing that he dons to perform. This is not just a costume but also a signifier of where he comes from and his long association with Native American groups across the country. Felipe has been called a “shadow walker”, a Native term for walking in two worlds. Having spent the last 36 years involved in one of the most visible and active groups in pop music, he now brings his energy to Tomahawk Records and The Tomahawk Group, Inc.
Throughout his childhood he displayed intense creative interest in the arts. His mother was a source of tremendous encouragement. She was, in fact, a Copa Cabana dancer in the late 1940s and early 50’s, so music and show business were a constant influence in his home life and beyond. Felipe’s talent manifested itself at an early age and by 16 he had secured a scholarship with the Ballet de Puerto Rico, under the supervision of Pasqual Guzman. During his tenure with the Ballet Company, and while performing at New York’s Lincoln Center, a choreographed dance-drama recital of “Julia de Burgos”, the story of the famous Puerto Rican poetess whose life was cut short by committing suicide. The New York Post’s called his performance “Poignant and Compelling.” That review is what got Felipe hooked, and he knew that, it would be his destiny. Felipe’s native aunt later introduced him to the different influences in dance. “Why not also honor your father’s heritage, and dress in your tribal regalia in your dance journey through culture?”
Like Eric (the Biker), he is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and can legally officiate wedding ceremonies—he and Eric actually married a couple (Elberta and Frank Goldsmith) on stage at the Riviera Casino in Las Vegas during a Village People show! Recently, Felipe married another couple on the spot, impromptu, while aboard Royal Carribean's Rhapsody of the Seas, when Village People were appearing as part of Cruise and Groove 2013 in Australia...check out this December 2013 article from Hitched Magazine.
Felipe is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd. (the Village People corporation).
Jim Newman is a new member of the world famous group and “Kings of Disco” Village People. He hails from Center Point, Alabama where he originally saw Village People in concert in the 9th grade with his girlfriend Leigh Ann.
Jim graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a BFA in music and theatre. By the age of 21 Jim had a record deal with A&M records and released the remake of “The Name Game” (which is on YouTube under the name Ken Gilcrest…don’t ask). However, his dream was to be on Broadway and for the past 20 years that’s exactly what he’s been doing. His work includes the Tony award winning productions of The Who’s Tommy, Sunset Boulevard, Curtains, the Tony nominated Steel Pier, and Hands on a Hard Body. He sang a duet with Liza in Minnelli on Minnelli on Broadway and with Donny Osmond in the Joseph… Dreamcoat tour. He starred in the 1st National tours of BIG and Kiss Me Kate as well as many Off Broadway shows. Jim also played John Denver Off Broadway in Almost Heaven and has performed with some of John Denver’s band in San Francisco, L.A., Arizona and Denver.
Jim’s television credits include: Hope and Faith, All My Children, One Life to Live, The View, the Rosie O’Donnell Show, the Magic of Music and Celebrity Apprentice. Jim’s movie credits include: Out Of Sync and The Big Gay Musical.
When he’s not performing he plays and writes country music on his guitar, cooks, buys flashy sneakers and goes to superhero movies. He’s a redneck at heart and likes Blue Moon, watermelon and Cheetos (the crunchy kind not the puffy kind).
Jim has worn a cowboy hat on Broadway, Off Broadway, in television pilots and commercials and in many professional photo shoots so it seems natural for him to be the Cowboy in Village People. "I’m proud to be a part of this iconic band and I’m looking forward to this adventure!”
Ray Simpson is the lead singer and Cop of Village People. From the days of the Village People film, Can’t Stop The Music, Ray's voice can be heard on all Village People hits. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ray is proud to be labeled a “Native New Yorker.” He is a graduate of City College, majoring in English and minoring in Music.
Ray is a Capricorn, born on January 15th, and he proudly shares that date with Martin Luther King, Jr. With Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ as fellow Capricorns, what better sign could there be?
Ray comes from a successful solo career and many years performing with his sister and brother-in-law, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Prior to Village People, Mr. Simpson released a solo recording album entitled Tiger Love. He started doing some backup singing for Village People in its first years; soon after he was recruited (on very short notice) to join the group when Victor Willis left.
Mr. Simpson is a real sports fan. His other hobbies include backgammon, bicycling, writing music and driving fancy cars. He is also a proud husband and father. Ray, his wife Leslie, and daughter Alayna now reside in New Jersey.
Ray is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd. (the Village People corporation).
Bill Whitefield is a performer and composer from the New York City area via Nashville. As an actor, he has been seen in the lead role of Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, the role of Florian in Princess Ida, H.M.S. Pinafore playing the role of Bill Bobstay and as a pirate in The Pirates of Penzance starring Hal Linden all at City Center in New York City.
He was featured in The Presidents, starring Rich Little and directed by Bill Castellino, first at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center then at TheatreFest in Montclair, NJ. The show was later taped for television at The Paris Theatre, in Las Vegas, and subsequently aired on PBS. He has also been seen as Detlef in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The Student Prince, starring Christiane Noll and directed by Robert Johanson, as well as the American in Paper Mill’s production of Rags.
Bill has performed at many regional theatres across the country, including Goodspeed Opera House, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, American Stage Company, Northshore Music Theatre and Monomoy Theatre.
Recently, he served as executive director at Algonquin Arts Theatre, in Manasquan, NJ, where, in addition to his producing credits, he was seen as in the roles of Mitch Albom in the gripping drama Tuesdays with Morrie and Robin in Spamalot.
As a writer, Bill composed music and lyrics, along with Bill Castellino and Christopher McGovern, for Crash Club, a new musical and NEA award recipient. He was the composer and co-lyricist for Queen Esther, which he co-wrote with playwright Lenora Conway. He served as the composer and co-lyricist for the musical adaptation of esteemed author Mary Higgins Clark’s The Magical Christmas Horse. He composed music for Stephen Culp’s drama The 13 Hallucinations of Julio Rivera, which premiered at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco.
One of his finest achievements as a composer and lyricist was collaborating with the late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury on the musical adaptation of his story The Day It Rained Forever. He wrote two songs for Centaur Records: Every Time You’re Near, performed by Tony award winner Alice Ripley on the CD, Utopia and Never Letting Go, performed by Elsa Raven on the CD, Dance With Angels. He also wrote the music with lyricist Bill Castellino for Tony nominee Rebecca Luker’s recording of Fine, which is featured on her album Leaving Home, produced by Christopher McGovern.
Bill is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP and holds a B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Alexander Briley was raised in Harlem and then Mount Vernon, New York. Son of a minister, he has been singing in church all his life.
He studied voice at the University of Hartford and is able to perform a wonderful diversity of styles. Alex has sung with jazz flautist Bobby Humphrey and was featured in the Off-Broadway shows Music Magic and Althol Fugard’s drama A Lesson From Aloes.
Mr. Briley was brought to Jacques Morali by Victor Willis because they had done a show together. Alex had a call back for another show and had to decide which to go to. Luckily he chose Village People.
Alex has arranged most of the vocal arrangements and harmonies that the group uses. He originally performed in just jeans and a t-shirt. As the group developed, it became obvious that he needed a character, so when the group recorded In the Navy, Alex became a sailor for that number and a soldier the rest of the time.
Alex loves shopping and enjoys most kinds of music. He likes reading and is a concerned observer of life with an incredible memory.
Currently, he resides in Westchester, New York and is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd. (the Village People corporation).