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RIP Henri Belolo

FRANCE–Henri Belolo, co-creator of Village People, died on Saturday, Aug. 3. He was 82.
The French music producer helped shape disco music, penning hits that were featured in several films, Broadway, commercials, and more. Of course, their monster hits “Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man” and “In The Navy” are also still played at every wedding, party, and bar and bat mitzvah today.
Longtime MSTies will recall that another place “Y.M.C.A.” was played was in a host segment in episode K12- FUGITIVE ALIEN, and it got Joel and the bots dancing.

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5 Replies to “RIP Henri Belolo”

  1. jay says:

    Shakespeare was born to create poetic prose. Belolo was born to create ear worms. RIP


  2. Chazzzbot says:

    First record I ever bought was “Macho Man” and I’m not ashamed to admit it.


  3. And no, he’s not the Steve Guttenberg character from “Can’t Stop the Music”, that was producer Jacques Morali.


  4. Sampo says:

    First record I ever bought was “Macho Man” and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

    Which reminds me that in the sketches where Tom Servo hits on a blender (K11- Humanoid Woman, 103- The Mad Monster), Tom is singing “Macho Man.” (Or, rather “Macho Bot.”)


  5. DiscoJer says:

    As a Village People fan, he actually did not write the songs. They were written by Jacques Morali and Victor Willis (the lead singer) wrote the lyrics.

    Belolo was credited, but he was sued by Willis and Willis won, so Belolo’s name was taken off the credits.


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