Ray Simpson (born January 15, 1954 in The Bronx) is the lead singer of Village People. He has taken the role of the Cop, replacing original lead singer, Victor Willis. Like his predecessor, Simpson is straight. He started doing some backup singing for Village People in its first years, which is why he was recruited (on very short notice) to join the group when Willis left.
Simpson was featured in the Village People film, Can't Stop the Music, released in 1980. Simpson did not record any of Village People's biggest hits such as,"San Francisco/In Hollywood," "Macho Man," Hot Cop," "Go West," "In the Navy," or "Y.M.C.A.," which were all recorded by original lead singer Victor Willis. Years later, Simpson's voice was dubbed on several of these hits.
^Leichman, Abigail. "Ashford and Simpson sing of wedded bliss", The Record (Bergen County), September 7, 2007. Accessed August 9, 2007. "'People tried to talk us out of songwriting, but we just kept doing it, and eventually we made it through,' said Simpson, whose brother, Village People lead singer Raymond Simpson, is a longtime Teaneck resident."