Singer John Davis, known as one of the voices behind music group Milli Vanilli, has died of Covid-19. He was 66 years old. The news was broken by Davis’ daughter, Jasmin Davis, who posted the news to Facebook. She said: “Unfortunately my father died tonight from the coronavirus. He has made many people happy with his laughter and smile, his happy spirit, love and most of all through his music. He has given so much to the world! Please give him. last round of applause. We will miss him immensely. “
Soon after, she shared the links to a Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for her father’s funeral. The purpose of the page was to raise a total of 13,500 euros, an amount that was exceeded within three days, with a total at the time of writing of just over 17,000 euros. On the page, Jasmin wrote: “Corona makes a funeral even more expensive and not only manageable for us. But we would like to help him have one last performance, with people he loved and loved. The grand finale ! We would appreciate it if you could kindly help us with a donation. Thank you in advance. “
The story of the German-French group Milli Vanilli is one of those strange moments that go down in music history. The duo of Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilate were put together in 1988 by Frank Farian and then got their debut album, Girl you know it’s true, go 6x platinum in the US. The album’s success led to them winning a Best New Artist Grammy, and it looked like the pair were well on their way to a soaring career. There was, however, one small detail that was kept secret from the public; the couple had not sung the songs. While you could say that this is true of many musical artists when it comes to live performances and the like, this was different; they hadn’t actually sung a single note on the album, the singles or in “live” performances.
The deception began to unravel when the Milli Vanilli pair were found to have lip sync during a live MTV performance in 1989, an incident that Pilatus was recorded knowing was “the beginning of the end” for the group. In December of that year, after the US version of the album attributed all vocals to the Morvan and Pilatus, vocalist Charles Shaw came forward to reveal that he was one of three singers who performed vocals on the album and that the group was fake. By 1990, with rumors that Frank Farian had attempted to pay Charles Shaw $ 150,000 to retract his statement, and public demand for answers was growing, Farian released a statement admitting that the couple had not performed on any of their numbers and he fired them.
In 1991 Davis and Brad Howell, the other voice behind the original group, appeared on the cover of the European-released album The Moment of Truth, recorded under the name The Real Milli Vanilli. Davis was reunited with Morvan, who had a solo career following the group’s split, in 2015 when the pair collaborated on music together. May John Davis rest in peace.