Randy Jones to Renew Vows with Partner of 25 Years in Celebration of Gay Pride Parade
To celebrate the Gay Pride Parade today, music legend and village people icon Randy Jones will be renewing his vows after 25 years with his partner today June 27 at O'Caseys Lounge (22 East 41st St.) It is half a block from the parade route.
RANDY JONES, an actor, author, American Music Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, is the original Cowboy and a founding member of Village People. In his career spanning four decades before, with and since Village People, he has sold 100 million units. Perhaps best known for his hits with the group, like "Macho Man", "In the Navy, and "Y.M.C.A," he has earned 65 Gold and Platinum record certificates, toured worldwide, starred in the camp classic film, "Can't Stop the Music", made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and in 2008, garnered a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Village People's original members Victor Willis (police officer), Felipe Rose (Native American), Randy Jones (cowboy), Glenn Hughes (biker), David Hodo (construction worker) and Alex Briley (GI). Originally created to target disco's primarily gay audience by featuring stereotypical gay fantasy personas, the band's popularity quickly brought them into mainstream.
Village People's hits include "Macho Man", "Go West", the classic club medley of "San Francisco (You've Got Me) / In Hollywood (Everybody is a Star)", "In the Navy", "Can't Stop the Music", and their biggest hit, "Y.M.C.A.".
In September 2008, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have sold upwards of 100 million records world-wide.
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