The musician Henri Belolo, founder of the group Village people, He died on Monday at 82 years old.
The members of the group have expressed their regret for the death of the artidta, who helped shape the era of the disco music.
Belolo founded Village People in the late seventies together also French Jacques Morali, after moving to New York and seeing potential in the gay disco scene.
The group was created specifically to promote and interpret the disc music creations of these two musicians. Like Boney M, Village People was a 'custom designed' group and with global ambition, because although the composers were French, the songs were all in English.
Belolo was heterosexual, but the band, which has sold more than 100 million records since its founding in 1977, became a champion of the rights of the LGBT + community, by mixing popular disco songs with openly gay lyrics.
In a statement, the group – still active and having had different formations over the years – said they were "sad" about the death of Belolo, whom they called a "pioneer of the disco genre"whose" legacy is marked by a work that endures. "
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The original band adopted a public image close to the homosexual scene of the 1970s, in which its five members dressed as a policeman, a man with a leather jacket, a Native American, a soldier and a cowboy.
The most popular songs of Village People, ' Y.M.C.A',' In the navy' Y ' Male man'were adopted as hymns by the LGBT + community, but they also had a lot of commercial success.
The band appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the bible of rock, in 1979, at the highest point of "disco mania" worldwide.
After founding his own record label, Scorpio Music, in 1973, Belolo introduced hip-hop in France with the American rap group Break Machine in the 1980s.
French musical rights group Sacem confirmed on Monday that Belolo had died on August 3.
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