Jacques Morali

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Jacques Morali (4 July 1947 – 15 November 1991[1]) was a French music author and creator of disco music and novelty acts like Village People.

He began in music at the end of the 1960s by writing music in Paris for orchestra, for the Crazy Horse, for himself (he played in 1967 "Elle aime, elle n'aime pas") but also for performers like Peter Fersen. Viva Zapata (Venus VS-71451), one of his first French productions, was sung by "Clint Farwood" - a pseudonym for a member of King Harvest (Dancing in the Moonlight). In the early 1970s, he met Henri Belolo. But he thought that his success in France was not as high as expected. Through meeting José Eber, Elizabeth Taylor and Cher's hairdresser,[2] he became familiar with Philadelphia International Records. Morali proposed several projects to Henri Belolo without convincing him. One day he proposed to adapt the Brazilian song "Brazil" from a musical starring Carmen Miranda. The idea was to make a record for the clubs. Seduced by the idea, Belolo and Morali went to the "Sigma Sound" Studio in Philadelphia. They found three girls (Cheryl Jacks, Cassandra Wooten and Gwendolyn Oliver) and named the band The Ritchie Family. "Brazil" was a success, the first of many that made them forever partners, one as a creator and author, and the other one as a writer and editor (Black Scorpio).

Later he co-wrote (along with Village People original lead singer, Victor Willis) for Patrick Juvet singles like "I love America", "Viva California" and "Gay Paris", for Régine, Dalida, Eric Russell, Eartha Kitt, Patricia Norton, Julius Brown, Starlight, Diva, Dennis Parker "Like an Eagle" that was also a major success, David London, Break Machine, Wayne Scott for the movie Rambo, Pia Zadora ..... It was also in the early 1980s that he composed jingles for the European radio station NRJ.[citation needed]

Morali was infected by HIV in the mid-1980s and died of AIDS in 1991. He was buried in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France).[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Estate Project". Artistswithaids.org. 1991-11-15. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ "José Eber interview for "Unscripted"". Retrieved September 23, 2009.