Milli Vanilli

January 22, 2011 by Post Team 

Milli Vanilli, Milli Vanilli was a pop / dance music project formed by Frank Farian in Germany in 1988, led by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The band’s debut album has achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist February 21, 1990 [1]. Milli Vanilli became one of the most popular pop artists in the 1980s and early 1990s. However, their success turned to infamy when their Grammy was revoked after it was revealed that the song in the folder are not the real voices of Morvan and Pilatus .

Material for the second album Milli Vanilli was published under the names of real singers, nicknamed “The Real Milli Vanilli. Morvan and Pilatus although later released an album using their real voice, it was a commercial failure. At the eve of a tour of potential return in 1998, ten years after the initial debut Milli Vanilli, Rob Pilatus was found dead in a Frankfurt hotel of an apparent drug overdose [2]. Fab Morvan then pursued a solo career with mixed results.

When Frank Farian developed the concept of Milli Vanilli, he chose to feature voice of Charles Shaw, John Davis, Brad Howell, and twin sisters Jodie and Linda Rocco, but he felt that the singers did not have a marketable image. He then recruited Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, two young models / dancers he found dancing in a dance club in Munich, in front of the law. Milli Vanilli’s debut album All or Nothing was released in Europe in mid-1988, with photos of Rob and Fab on the front and center of the album, but no mention of who actually sang the songs. The success of the record has attracted the attention of Arista Records who signed the duo. Arista removed several tracks from the original album, has added several new ones (including a new track written by Diane Warren, “Blame It on the Rain”), remixed many titles and renamed the album Girl You Know It’s True for into the U.S. market in early 1989.

This version of the album went six times platinum and led to the re-release of the title song, which reached number 2 on the Hot 100 in April this year and was certified platinum. (The song was a cover of a track Numarx published in 1987 on U.S. label Bluebird.) Discharge of the United Kingdom as the original album and the first remix album together as “2 X 2 “. Even greater commercial success followed, as the next pair of three singles “Baby Do not Forget My Number”, “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” and “Blame It on the Rain” all hit number 1. A fifth and final single “all or nothing”, also made the Top 5 in early 1990 in a form which sampled the remixed “Keep On Movin ‘beat the UK soul act Soul II Soul. Milli Vanilli meteoric rise to pop music superstardom culminated with a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 22, 1990. [via wikipedia]

In 1986, the era of disco was over. The group disbanded, but members continued to tour with various line-ups. It was much later when I learned that Farrell was a facade. This growly voice we loved belonged to Frank Farian, German music producer who created the group and sang on recordings. Farrell, with at least one other woman singer, playback recordings and was singing on stage. Nobody cared in the 70s, but when Farian tried the same thing with “Milli Vanilli”plus later, there was uproar.

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