- Jonas Westover
Disco group. Founded in 1977 by French producer/composer Jacques Morali and his partner Henri Belolo, it included original members Victor Willis, Felipe Rose, Randy Jones, Glenn Hughes, David Hodo, and Alex Briley, who were recruited to embody characters that could be found in New York’s Greenwich Village. The group’s image became a key part of its success, as the six members donned costumes of various “macho” men, including (but not limited to) policeman, cowboy, construction worker, Native American, soldier, and leatherman. The main members sang and danced, while music was provided by their backup band, Gypsy Lane. Although the group was not overt at first about targeting a gay male audience, they capitalized on such appeal at the height of the disco era. Physical prowess was accentuated in the costumes the group members wore, and their songs frequently addressed gay topics, sometimes in a slightly veiled or ironic manner. Their style of disco dance music brought the group a string of hits in the 1970s and early 1980s. Their first came with “San Francisco (You Got Me),” which the group sang while appearing on ...