Village People Release Their First New Single in 25 Years
Disco and now pop culture icons Village People are celebrating 37 years as a group with the release of their first new single in 25 years. Let's Go Back to the Dance Floor, written by KC (of KC and the Sunshine Band) and Chris Cadenhead, brings to 2013 everything that fans love about classic disco in a new dance party anthem.Available now on iTunes, Amazon.com and other music e-tailers, Village People will immediately begin introducing the song to audiences in their live concerts in the United States and around the world. The guys enlisted choreographer Alayna Simpson (daughter of lead singer Ray Simpson and niece of singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson) who has staged the high-energy song to blend seamlessly with the pace and energy of the performances of Village People's classic hits. Last year, KC (a/k/a Harry W. Casey) was appearing with Village People in a fundraising performance in Maryland. Backstage, he started singing a catchy chorus that he said had been rolling around in his head. The guys liked what they heard and KC offered to write a full song of the tune for the group. He did and they loved it. It was a fresh and contemporary sound, yet similar to the dance beat in the Village People's hits that brought the group fame. In April 2013, while performing in Florida, Village People scheduled time to go to Miami to record the song, the first new song to be recorded by the group in over 25 years. By June, almost two dozen top club DJs had been given the song by KC, who then offered back their own official remixes of the recording, which have since premiered to rave reviews at some of the best dance clubs in the world. A promo video of Let's Go Back to the Dance Floor is available on-demand on YouTube by searching the song title. In their 37-year history, Village People have sold over 100 million records and CDs. In 2008, the group earned a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Village People continue to perform approximately 50 to 60 concerts worldwide annually. The group is still comprised of mostly original and long-time members. Felipe Rose (the Native American Indian), Alexander Briley (the G.I./Military Man) and David Hodo (the Construction Man) began performing in 1977 when the group was created by French music producers/songwriters Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo. Ray Simpson joined the group as Lead Singer/Cop in 1979 in time to co-star in the Village People feature film Can't Stop the Music. Eric Anzalone has been with the group for 17 years, replacing original Biker/Leatherman Glenn Hughes, who passed away from lung cancer. Jeff Olson, who had the longest run as the group's Cowboy (since 1980) has recently turned over his boots and spurs to Village People newcomer Jim Newman. Village People history, concert dates, current news and social networking links are accessible on the group's Website: OfficialVillagePeople.com.