French producer and songwriter Henri Belolo, the pioneer of disco sound, which promoted the creation of groups such as Village People, died at age 82, the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SACEM) announced.
"Sadness to hear of the death of Henri Belolo, a SACEM member since 1975, as an 'author-composer'. He contributed to the essence of dance, 'disco' and 'house'," wrote the French Society of Authors. your official Twitter account, quoted by France-Presse.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, in November 1936, Henri Belolo was one of the pioneers of disco music, in particular with his partner Jacques Morali (1947-1991), with whom he created projects such as the Ritchie Family, a group originally from Philadelphia, USA, and the Village People, originally from New York, for which he was honored at the 1979 Grammy Awards.
Belolo has signed, solo and in partnership, some of the successes of the group led by Victor Willis, such as "YMCA", "Go West" and "Macho Men".
Founder in the early 1970s of record label Carabine Music, after launching himself as an agent for historic Barclay Records in France, his career was boosted by his arrival in the United States, where he settled in 1973.
Since then, Henri Belolo has been among the first producers and promoters of dance music, from 'disco' to 'hip hop' to 'house', promoting musicians and bands such as Haddaway, 2 Unlimited, Gala, Eiffel 65, Hermes House Band. and Break Machine, which stood out with the album "Street Dance," and creating publishers such as the independent Scorpio Music on their return to France in the 1990s, the French press recalls.