In the Navy

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"In the Navy"
In the navy.jpg
Single by Village People
from the album Go West
B-side"Manhattan Woman"
ReleasedMarch 1979
Length5:39 (album version)
3:45 (single edit)
Producer(s)Jacques Morali
Village People singles chronology
"In the Navy"
"Go West"
Music video
"In the Navy" on YouTube

"In the Navy" is a song by the American disco group Village People. It was released as the first single from their fourth studio album Go West. In the Navy was the last top 10 hit for the group in the United States.

Background and writing[edit]

After the enormous commercial success of their 1978 hit "Y.M.C.A." which unexpectedly became the unofficial hymn and powerful advertising tool for the YMCA, the group took on another national institution, the United States Navy. The Navy contacted group manager Henri Belolo to use the song in a recruiting advertising campaign for television and radio. Belolo gave the rights for free on the condition that the Navy help them shoot the music video. Less than a month later, the Village group arrived at Naval Base San Diego where the Navy provided them with access to film on the deck of the berthed frigate USS Reasoner, in the end the Navy did not use the video, choosing to remain with the traditional "Anchors Aweigh".[1]

In a landmark ruling in 2012, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that under the Copyright Act of 1976, co-writer Victor Willis (Village People's "Cop"/"Naval officer") can recover his share of the copyrights to songs co-written by him.[2] Willis now owns 33% of his songs.[3]

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Ed Vulliamy. "Ed Vulliamy on the Village People story". the Guardian.
  2. ^ Eriq Gardner (8 May 2012). "Village People Songwriter Victor Willis Wins Case Over Termination of 'Y.M.C.A.' Rights". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Edvard Pettersson (8 May 2012). "Village People Motorcycle Cop Wins 'YMCA' Copyright Case".
  4. ^ David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992" Archived 2016-03-05 at
  5. ^ "Item: 2712 - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  6. ^ "In the Navy in Irish Chart". IRMA. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help) Only results when searching "In the Navy"
  7. ^ Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
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  9. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1979" (PDF). Record Mirror. London: Spotlight Publications. January 5, 1980. p. 30. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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