|Birth name Felipe Ortiz Rose|
Occupation(s) Singer, Actor
Music group Village People
Name Felipe Rose
Movies Can't Stop the Music
|Born January 12, 1954 (age 61) (1954-01-12) |
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Village People (Cowboy Randy Jones & Indian Felipe Rose) London Comic Con 2018
- Village People Cowboy Randy Jones Indian Felipe Rose London Comic Con 2018
- Felipe rose trail of tears
- Early years
- Village People
- Solo career
- Later years
Felipe rose trail of tears
Rose (birth name: Felipe Ortiz Rose ) was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn where he displayed an interest in the arts during his childhood. His mother was his main inspiration as she herself had been a dancer for the Copacabana during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1970, when Rose was 16 years old, he won a scholarship to study dance with the Ballet de Puerto Rico under the guidance of Pascual Guzman. He participated in a dance-drama recital of Julia de Burgos at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the Ballet Company. The New York Post called his performance "poignant and compelling."
Soon, Rose started to venture into the nightclub scene and at the same time his aunt introduced him to other influences in dance and recommended that he honor his father's heritage by dressing in his tribal regalia - this led to the "Red Indian" attire. Rose was working as a dancer and a bartender in a gay New York Go-Go club, dressed as an Indian when he was discovered by French producer Jacques Morali and executive producer Henri Belolo and so became the first recruit for Village People.
Both Jacques and Henri were fascinated by Rose's Red Indian attire and saw the potential in organizing a singing group where each individual would wear a different costume and have a particular identity. While the producers were busy recruiting and preparing the other members of the group, Rose was sent to Paris where he choreographed a native dance number for the Crazy Horse Saloon. When he returned to the United States, he suggested that the other members of the group wear uniforms representing different "manly" occupations in New York's Greenwich Village.
In 1977, Village People had their first hit with "San Francisco", although this song became a hit only in the United Kingdom. Then in 1978 they had their first hits in the U.S. with "Macho Man" followed by "Y.M.C.A."
In the 1980s, Rose sang and danced for the Latin music maestro Tito Puente and he also starred in a regional theatre production of West Side Story. In 1996, Rose started the Tomahawk Group, an entertainment and recording company which handles the Village People's releases and songs. The company is also in charge of the group's many engagements. Rose has also been the producer of various artists.
In 2000, Rose began to work on his solo career. His single Trails of Tears was nominated for 3 NAMMY Awards (Native American Music Awards) for Best Historical Recording, Song of the Year, and Best Producer. In 2002, Rose was the opening act of the fifth Annual Native American Music Awards celebrated at the Marcus Amphitheatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That year he won a NAMMY Award for the Best Historical Recording.
In August 2002, Rose moved to Richmond, Virginia, which he described as "the next Southern town on the rise." On January 12, 2005, Rose donated the gold record for the hit song Y.M.C.A. to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
Rose has appeared in the following movies: Can't Stop the Music (1980), The Best of Village People (1993), and Feathers and Leathers: The Story of the Village People (1999). He also participated in the 2000 documentary, Village People: The E! True Hollywood Story.
Rose and Village People have raised millions of dollars for many charities. Among them are the Native American College Fund and various AIDS charities. Rose is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd, the Advisory Board of the Native American Music Association, the LARAS-Latin Grammys, and the Winter Music Conference.
In the Navy
Can't Stop The Music
Sex Over the Phone
Far Away in America
We Want You
Everybody Is a Star
Do You Wanna Spend the Night
5 O'Clock in the Morning
In the Street
Five O'clock in the Morning
Get Away Holiday
Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
Rock & Roll Is Back Again
The Sound of the City
I Love You to Death
I Ain't Got Nobody
Medley: San Francisco / In Hollywood
I Am What I Am
Do You Want to Spend the Night
I Wanna Shake Your Hand