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Milli Vanilli: Grammy winners without the ability to sing…

How is it possible that the super popular Grammy-winning duo couldn't sing at all? Let's find out!

Milli Vanilli - The history of musicians ...

German pop duo Milli Vanilli was formed in the 1980s by Frank Farian. From the very start of their career, the popularity of Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan rapidly began to gain momentum, and by the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s, Milli Vanilli became one of the most popular pop teams of their time. Their debut album was sold in millions of copies around the world, bringing one of the most prestigious music awards, the Grammy, to the musical duet's treasury. However, the success was short-lived ... Soon, the guys' career was interrupted due to a scandal that thundered all over the world. It turned out that the vocal parts used in the compositions did not belong to any of the members of the famous band ... That is, they were performed by completely strangers.

As a result of the scandal and exposure, the famous duet had to return the undeserved award, which caused irreparable damage to their reputation: worldwide popularity remained, however, now it’s not the most pleasant ...

Duo Milli Vanilli. Photo: Ebeth Roberts
Duo Milli Vanilli. Photo: Ebeth Roberts

The forgery, which remained a secret for a long time, was revealed as follows: in the same year that the guys were awarded the Grammy award, they just went on tour. During a "live" performance in a Connecticut park, the track "Girl You Know It's True" abruptly began to jam ... Or rather, the soundtrack, under which Rob and Fabrice simply opened their mouths. The song began to jump hard, repeating the same line endlessly. It was probably the most shameful concert in the history of world music...

The idea to create a "fake" band came to mind of its producer - Frank Farian. He decided to found a team that could dance cool on stage, while opening his mouth at the right time, while completely different performers would sing for the vocalists themselves.

Interestingly, over the course of its history, the duet Milli Vanilli has sold over eight (!) Million singles and over fourteen million albums! More than twenty lawsuits have been filed against the "sweet-voiced" Milli Vanilli and the record company Arista Records since the exposure of the lie.

Pop duo Milli Vanilli: Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus.
Pop duo Milli Vanilli: Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus.

Trying to recover from such a shame and somehow revive his former career, Frank Farian again undertook to produce the Milli Vanilli project in the late nineties. This time Rob and Fab had to sing with their real voices. However, the time had already been hopelessly lost… Pilatus became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and was also caught on several thefts, for which he spent several months in a California prison. After the producer of the unlucky duo paid for the treatment of the would-be vocalist in a rehabilitation center, where Rob was treated for about six months. On the day when their new work with Fab was released and the presentation of the disc was already scheduled, Pilatus died. The singer was found dead in a hotel. According to experts, death was caused by mixing drugs and alcohol. At that time, Rob was thirty-two.

Milli Vanilli, 1989. Photo: Northphoto
Milli Vanilli, 1989. Photo: Northphoto

Fabias continued unsuccessful attempts to resume his former career. At first, he worked as a hired singer, and tried his best to improve his musical abilities. But critics called his real voice too whiny and even nasal ... After that, Fab mastered the DJ console, settling on the radio. At the beginning of the 2000s, the singer organized a whole tour of the United States, and a few years later he released his first solo disc, Love Revolution.

In 2006, Milli Vanilli's greatest hits compilation was released.

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