Original Village People Policeman Victor Willis Sues For 1.5 Million in Royalties – BONUS "Go West" Video!

The original policeman from The Village People, Victor Willis is suing the seminal disco band which still tours American claims for $1.5 million in royalties claiming that he recieved none after he left the band in 1979.

Willis claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week he wrote some of  the band’s biggest hits — including “Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man,” “In the Navy,” and “Go West” —  and in a federal lawsuit filed last week. Willis is suing Can’t Stop Productions, which handles the rights to the band’s songs.

The group was the brainchild of Jacques Morali, a prolific French music producer. Morali picked Willis, a former Broadway star, to shimmy center stage and write the rhythms.

Willis was inspired to write “Y.M.C.A.” after a clueless Morali asked him about why people went to the Y. The lyrical licks described “what it was like going into a new town and not having a lot of money and needing a place to stay,” he said.

Stewart Levy, a lawyer for Can’t Stop Productions, called Willis’ lawsuit “without merit.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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