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Former Village People lead singer recovering in hospital

July 9, 2008

Former Village People lead singer Victor Willis is recovering in hospital in San Diego, California following surgery on his vocal cords.


Willis, the legendary disco band’s original policeman, had to have nodules removed from his vocal cords after developing hoarseness during several recent live performances.


The throat problem has forced 57-year-old Willis to postpone European concert dates later this year. His spokeswoman said Willis is expected to recover fully and a new tour could be rearranged as soon as October of this year.


Willis left the Village People in 1980 and refused all requests to perform any of the group’s’s hits until recently. After shunning live appearances for 27 years, he returned to the stage in 2007 with his Victor Willis Dance Tour.


A book based on Willis’s life as lead singer of the disco-era Village People is due to be published later this year to coincide with his international tour.

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