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Village People Star Lifts Y.m.c.a. Ban On Los Angeles Clippers

30th April 2014

Village People star Victor Willis has given the Los Angeles Clippers organisation permission to play his group's Y.M.C.A. anthem at basketball games again after initially banning executives from using the tune over the Donald Sterling...

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Village People Star Doesn't Want Y.m.c.a. Used As Gay Anthem At The Olympics

19th December 2013

The original lead singer of the Village People doesn't want his Y.M.C.A. hit to be used as Team U.S.A.'s entrance anthem at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.Gay rights activists have suggested the disco...

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Victor Willis Claiming Victory In Longrunning Copyright Case

16th September 2013

Village People star Victor Willis has won a longrunning legal battle to reclaim the rights to more than 30 of the disco group's hit songs.The singer/songwriter, who portrayed a traffic cop in the band, left...

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Randy Jones Weds On His Birthday Eve

15th September 2013

Former Village People star Randy Jones is a married man after exchanging vows with his partner of 30 years on Thursday (12Sep13).The disco group's original cowboy wed Will Grega, a Wall Street software developer, in...

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Village People Star To Wed Boyfriend This Weekend

10th September 2013

Former Village People star Randy Jones is to wed his partner Will Grega in New York City on Friday (13Sep13).The disco group's original cowboy will tie the knot with the Wall Street software developer on...

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Village People Star To Front Disco Expose

16th February 2013

Reclusive Village People star Victor Willis and members of Chic and Kc & The Sunshine Band are set to reveal all about the excesses of the 1970s disco era in a new Tv documentary.Willis, who...

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Village People Trademark Lawsuit Gets Green Light

11th May 2012

The wife of Village People star Victor Willis has won the latest round of her battle to overturn the trademarking of the band's name.Karen Willis is pursuing legal action in the U.S. to cancel the...

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Victor Willis Scores Major Legal Victory In Song Rights Battle

8th May 2012

Village People star Victor Willis has scored a major legal victory after a California judge dismissed a lawsuit aimed at blocking the singer's bid to reclaim the rights to more than 30 of the disco...

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Village People's Victor Willis Scores Key Victory In Song Rights Battle

23rd March 2012

Village People star Victor Willis is one step closer to regaining control over the disco group's song rights after music publishers dropped a key claim in their argument.Singer/songwriter Willis, who portrayed a traffic cop in...

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Legal Battle Over Village People Songs Heats Up

17th August 2011

Village People star Victor Willis is facing a court battle to regain the rights to some of the disco group's biggest hits.Singer/songwriter Willis, who portrayed a traffic cop in the band, left the line-up in...

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More Gay Drama For Morgan As Village People Star Demands Apology

29th June 2011

Former Village People star Victor Willis is demanding an apology from funnyman Tracy Morgan after he joked about his love for gay people and used the Y.M.C.A. hitmaker as his punchline.Morgan recently apologised for homophobic...

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Victor Willis Files New Lawsuit Over Village People Royalties

2nd May 2011

Village People star Victor Willis is heading back to court once again after suing his former bandmates for $1.5 million (£890,000) in royalties.The singer, who played the cop role in the camp group, left the...

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Barrino Backs Village People Star's Idol Bid

27th August 2010

FANTASIA BARRINO has pledged to support former VILLAGE PEOPLE co-founder and star VICTOR WILLIS in his bid to become an AMERICAN IDOL judge.Willis has met with show producers and admits he's keen to join Randy...

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Y.m.c.a. Star Wants Idol Job

3rd August 2010

Former VILLAGE PEOPLE star VICTOR WILLIS is the latest name to be added to the long list of AMERICAN IDOL wannabe judges - and he reveals producers are taking his interest seriously.Willis, the original lead...

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The Things They Say 17288

13th July 2010

"We are deeply dismayed by today's announcement from the YMCA that they feel a name change and a rebranding are in order after 166 years. Some things remain iconic and while we admire the organisation...

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Village People Star Settles With Greeting Card Company

1st July 2010

Former VILLAGE PEOPLE star VICTOR WILLIS has settled his copyright dispute with the bosses of greeting cards firm Hallmark for an undisclosed fee.The singer sued the company over imitation sound cards featuring songs he wrote,...

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Village People Cop Sues Fox Over The Cleveland Show Portrayal

22nd March 2010

Original VILLAGE PEOPLE star VICTOR WILLIS is threatening to sue Fox Broadcasting Company executives over suggestions he provided the voiceover for an "offensive" episode of animated comedy THE CLEVELAND SHOW.The In The Navy singer claims...

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Village People Threaten To Sue Chef Oliver

19th December 2009

Camp 1970s band VILLAGE PEOPLE are threatening legal action against celebrity chef JAMIE OLIVER after he allegedly dressed up as members of the band to advertise his latest TV show.The Brit donned various costumes for...

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Village People Star Settles Lawsuit Against Half-time Show Organisers

10th December 2009

VILLAGE PEOPLE star VICTOR WILLIS has settled a lawsuit against the organisers of a college football half-time concert, which featured an offshoot of the Y.M.C.A hitmakers.Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, insisted...

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Lenny Henry Confirmed As Rock With Laughter 09 Host

8th May 2009

Comedian Lenny Henry has been announced as the new host of Christmas variety festival Rock of Laughter.Taking the reins from previous compere Jasper Carrott, Henry will preside over a comedy and musical lineup at the...

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Hardy's Village People Joke With Bronson

14th March 2009

British actor TOM HARDY is braver than most - he risked upsetting the U.K.'s most violent prisoner by comparing him to a member of camp 1970s band VILLAGE PEOPLE. The RocknRolla star plays notorious convict Charles...

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Village People Can Continue Performing, Despite Lawsuit

26th February 2009

Revamped disco group the VILLAGE PEOPLE have been granted permission by a California judge to continue performing as they fight a lawsuit brought against them by one of the band's founding members. Victor Willis, who was...

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Founding Village People Star Sues Group

10th February 2009

An original member of the VILLAGE PEOPLE has filed a lawsuit against the revamped band.Victor Willis, who was the police officer in the original line-up before leaving in 1983, alleges his voice and picture are...

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Fascinating Fact 5917

4th September 2008

Both MADONNA and MICHAEL JACKSON have performed as opening acts for the VILLAGE PEOPLE....

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Village People Set For Star Honour

3rd September 2008

Gay pop supergroup the VILLAGE PEOPLE are to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Y.M.C.A. hitmakers will celebrate their 30th anniversary by unveiling the star one block north of...

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Village People Star Released From Hospital

15th July 2008

LATEST: VILLAGE PEOPLE star VICTOR WILLIS has been released from hospital after undergoing surgery on his throat - and hopes to be singing again before the end of the year (08). The original lead singer...

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Village People Star Has Throat Surgery

8th July 2008

VILLAGE PEOPLE star VICTOR WILLIS has undergone surgery to remove nodules from his vocal cords. The original lead singer of the 1970s disco band was forced to cancel his U.S. summer tour as a result...

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Prince + Village People To Sue Swedish Website

16th February 2008

PRINCE and the VILLAGE PEOPLE plan to sue a Swedish website for allowing users to download their songs without permission. However, attorneys representing the music acts admit securing the lawsuit is proving difficult because they...

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Village People Star Plans Tell-all Book

6th August 2007

Former VILLAGE PEOPLE frontman VICTOR WILLIS quit the cult disco group because his bandmates were too gay. The In The Navy singer, who was the group's sailor, is revealing all about his time with the...

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Village People Star Keen To Play Down Gay Tag

4th August 2007

New VILLAGE PEOPLE frontman RAY SIMPSON is keen to play down the group's gay past when they launch a comeback later this month (Aug07) - because he doesn't want them just to play camp clubs....

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