Henri Belolo, the music producer who created the Village Folks with fellow Frenchman Jacques Morali, has died aged 82.
The Moroccan-born songwriter and impresario was one of many pioneers of the disco motion, which swept the world’s dancefloors within the late 1970s.
He shaped the six-piece band which had enormous hits corresponding to “Y.M.C.A”, “Within the Navy” and “Macho Man”.
Village Folks performed on camp homosexual fantasy characters of butch builders, bikers, cowboys and troopers, and rapidly turned a popular culture sensation. “Y.M.C.A” rapidly turned an anthem for the LGBT neighborhood.
Though Belolo was not homosexual himself, he noticed the band’s picture as embodying the carefree occasion spirit of the neighborhood within the years earlier than the AIDS epidemic.
The French society of authors, Sacem, instructed French information company AFP that Belolo’s son had confirmed he had died.
“Unhappy to study of the loss of life of Henri Belolo,” the group tweeted. “He contributed to the rise of dance, disco and home music in France and wrote for… the Village Folks,” it added.
Belolo and Morali — who was additionally born in Casablanca — had already been profitable in France with their Carabine label earlier than the chums left for the US in 1973, the place they shaped the Philadelphia disco outfit, The Richie Household, who had a worldwide hit with “The Finest Disco in City” in 1976.
Morali — who additionally wrote songs for Cher and the Franco-Egyptian diva Dalida — died of AIDS in 1991.
The pair helped popularise breakdancing and hip hop in Europe within the early 1980s with the New York group Break Machine.
Their Scorpio Music label was additionally a key participant within the rise of home music in France later within the decade.