On a day like today, exactly 30 years ago, German producer Frank Farian, creator of the pop music duo Milli Vanilli, who in the 80s enjoyed world fame, decided to tell their great secret.
I was aware that I was going to destroy the hearts of the millions of fans they had conquered in various countries, yet decided to do so. On November 12, 1990, she told the world that Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus weren’t the real Milli Vanilli singers, they were just the image for records, videos, and concerts.
The news caused a stir among his fans, who appeared from West Germany, Austria and Spain burning their album covers, thus demonstrating their nonconformity in the face of the gigantic fraud.
The uproar was such that the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States withdrew the Grammy who had awarded them nine months earlier as Best New Artist. His Arista Record label erased all the songs in their catalogs: It was a real scandal!
“It was a crazy idea, I thought it would only sound in discos and that nothing would happen. Nounce I thought it would be a hit, but by then it was too late and I was ashamed to clarify the truth, “Frank Farian confessed to the Los Angeles Times.
The fame of the duo Milli Vanilli was wide due to the fact that its members, the French Fab Morvan and the German Rob Pilatus, two excellent dancers and models, looked “good” and they were capable of driving young women crazy just by their presence.
From muscular bodies, black skin, rasta hair, honey-colored eyes and a great staging managed to move masses, even in Colombia, where hits such as: Girl you know it’s true, Baby don’t forget my number, Blame it on the rain, Girl I’m Gonna Miss You and All or nothing sounded, the latter of great resonance in Barranquilla stations such as Oro Stereo and Radioactiva . They were also references for choreography and costumes.
Elkin Camilo Escobar Castillo, a Physical Education and Dance teacher, was one of those who fully experienced the fury of this duo in Barranquilla. “They had a great influence on the youth of that time and When the news of the fraud came, many of us who listened to them were disappointed. Back then pop music was all the rage for that Michael JacksonThey had very dynamic passes, including one in which they opened and closed their legs. At the end of the 80s, the scarves they used, their tight and torn pants, wide shirts, jackets, boots and long hair became fashionable ”, he recalled.