Henri Belolo, the co-creator of Village People, died on Saturday (August 3rd), the band’s official Facebook page confirmed. Belolo was 82 years old.

“In loving memory of Henri Belolo (1936-2019),” they wrote. A private funeral was already held in France, but the band is currently working on a public memorial service to be announced shortly.

The French producer helped shape the 1970’s Disco music movement, penning hits that were featured in several films, Broadway shows, and television commercials and his group’s monster hits “Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man” and “In The Navy” remain party event staples to this day.

At the time the Village People were considered to be wildly progressive, embracing gay culture with fantasy characters, costumes, and a free-spirited approach to music. The group’s cast members included a construction worker (David Hodo), police officer and lead vocalist (Victor Willis), cowboy (Randy Jones), Indian (Felipe Rose), biker (Glenn Hughes) and soldier (Alex Briley).

In the 2000s, the Village People opened for Cher on her Farewell Tour and received a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Just last year, the Village People released their first new record in 33 years, A Village People Christmas. See their dedications to their fallen partner below.

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