Jacques Morali
Born: 7-4-1947 Died: 11-15-1991
(
A.I.D.S.)
    Jacques Morali was the leader of the French disco sound. Jacques started his career in music in a record shop in the Orly airport and eventually became a writer and right hand for Hervé Vilard, Michèle Torr and
Cristophe. By meeting Jose Eber, Liz Taylor's and Cher's hairdresser, he became familiar with Philadelphia International Records and immediately fell in love with disco in the early 1970's. So he moved to the States and
literally landed at Sigma Sound Studios, where most Philly classics were recorded. While there he co-produced and/or co-wrote hits like
"Brazil" (1975), "The Best Disco In Town" (1976), "Life Is Music" (1977), "African
Queens"
(1977), "Quiet Village" (1977) and "American Generation" (1978) for The Ritchie Family, a female trio.
    1975 was the  beginning of his partnership with Henri Belolo, owner of the Scorpio Record label in Paris. While in New York, Jacques attended a costume ball at
"Les Mouches," a gay disco in Greenwich Village. As he
gazed around the room, he was impressed by all the
"macho male stereotypes" portrayed by the party guests. The idea came to him: Why not put together a group of singers and dancers, each one playing a different gay
fantasy figure? At the beginning Belolo was not involved in this project, but when he saw that Morali had succeeded in signing a licensing deal with Casablanca Records (
one of the most famous disco labels), Belolo decided
to become a partner in this project. The Village People recorded
"San Francisco" (1977), "YMCA" (1978), "Macho Man" (1978), "In The Navy" (1979), "Go West" (1979), "Do You Wanna Spend The Night" (1981) and "5
O'clock In The Morning".
Single handedly becoming the most successful act of the disco-era.
    Jacques Morali worked with professional musicians and was fascinated by their skills. His music was characterized by simple arrangements and catchy melodies that could easily be remembered by everybody. He
became a recording studio die-hard and between 1974 and 1982 he recorded some 65+ albums. Sigma Sound Studios even reserved a room just for him. During the disco backlash everybody seemed to have forgotten his
talent until he struck back in 1984 with hits for Break Machine and Eartha Kitt.
    One of the disco-era's most financially and commercially successful producers Jacques led a very full lifestyle. This lifestyle led to his contracting the A.I.D.S. virus during the mid-1980's. As the hits dried up and musical
styles changed reports had Jacques becoming a bitter and ailing recluse. The savage disease claimed his life in 1991 at the young age of 44. One can only imagine that his genius would have no doubt brought him back into
the musical spotlight ...another sad story of a brilliant talent gone too soon.