Victor Willis is an American singer, actor, and songwriter who have a net worth of $ 12 million.
Victor was born in Texas, the United States in July of 1951. He belonged to the group Village People and was one of its first members. As a member of the group, he dressed as a policeman while playing his songs.
Village people were founded in 1977 by two French musicians, Jacques Moral and Henri B elolo. The name of the group refers to a well-known gay spot in New York: Greenwich Village. Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo were inspired by various archetypes drawn from the people who frequented The Village. Although the group interpreted themes with a gay message, in the original formation there were both heterosexual and homosexual members. The members of the group disguised themselves as police, Indian chief, mason, sailor, “leather man” (sometimes a biker) and cowboy. This allowed the musical formation to achieve fame, evidently in addition to their catchy songs, and their lyrics suggestive and full of surprises.
These male impersonations were nothing but subtle insinuations about his alleged homosexuality commensurate with the gay stereotypes of the time.
The US Navy even considered using the Village People’s success “In the Navy” for a recruiting campaign on television and radio. They got in touch with Belolo, who decided to assign the rights free of charge in exchange for the navy assisting them in the filming of the music video. Less than a month later, the Village People arrived at the San Diego Naval Base where the navy allowed them to use a warship, some airplanes and hundreds of sailors. As the video started broadcasting, some newspapers protested the use of taxpayer money to fund music videos especially to a group some people considered “morally suspicious.” The navy quickly canceled the campaign, but the scandal propelled the song’s popularity.
90 to the present
In 1994, Los Village People sang together with the German national team their official anthem “Far away in America” in the world cup. From July 18 to 20, 2004, they performed three times as the opening act for the German punk band “Die ärzte”.
In 2004 they acted as opening for Cher on their Farewell tour until its completion in April 2005. On June 6, 2006, The Village People were designated as a head act at the parade and gay pride festival in Asbury Park.
On June 20, 2006, Victor Willis, the original lead singer, made his first statements to the media in more than 25 years, announcing that he wanted to quit “The Nightmare of Drugs” and hoped to enter a specialized detoxification clinic. In addition, he apologized to fans of the Village People for refusing to give concerts and quit training, depriving the audience of the opportunity to hear him sing all the successes of Village People that “his voice made famous.” In that same press release, Victor Willis revealed that in January 2007 he will publish a book based on his life as the lead singer of the Village People and that he plans to return to the stage in the summer of 2007.
On September 5, 2006, a court ruling allowed Victor Willis to leave the Betty Ford Clinic. He was granted parole for 3 years and was ordered not to consume any type of drug, to which he agreed. The ruling was part of a petition made in July 2006. This ruling officially resolved Victor Willis’s legal problems, provided he did not violate the terms of the agreement. With the legal problems behind him, he is cleared for his expected return to the stage. There are several offers for television, records, and concerts. That is, in case you accept, since you have so far rejected such offers.