Ray Simpson

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For the Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, see Ray Simpson (VC).
Ray Simpson
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Background information
Born (1954-01-15) January 15, 1954 (age 63)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Village People

Ray Simpson (born January 15, 1954) 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.[1] 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.

Born and raised in the Bronx, he is a graduate of City College of New York, majoring in English and minoring in music.

His sister, Valerie Simpson, was part of the husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording artists Ashford & Simpson. The duo worked with many Motown artists, most successfully with Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and then Diana Ross, and with several non-Motown artists, like Chaka Khan and The Brothers Johnson. They also found success as recording artists, notably with their songs "Found A Cure" (1979) and "Solid" (1984). Ray Simpson spent many years performing with the duo. Prior to joining Village People, Simpson also released a solo recording album entitled Tiger Love.

Personal life[edit]

Simpson's hobbies include sports, backgammon, bicycling, writing music and driving fancy cars. He is married to Leslie, and, along with daughter Alayna, they reside in Teaneck, New Jersey.[2]

Ray is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd (the Village People corporation).


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ 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."

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