Milli Vanilli

Milli Vanilli
Milli Vanilli and C. Michael Greene.jpg
Fab Morvan (left) and Rob Pilatus (right) with NARAS President C. Michael Greene (center), February 1990
Background information
Also known asRob & Fab
OriginMunich, West Germany
GenresDance pop, new jack swing, R&B, funk, Eurodance, hip hop
Years active1988–1990, 1997–1998
LabelsArista, Hansa
Associated actsThe Real Milli Vanilli, Rob & Fab
Past membersRepresentative:
Fab Morvan
Rob Pilatus
Charles Shaw
Brad Howell
John Davis
Jodie Rocco[1]
Linda Rocco
Frank Farian

Milli Vanilli was a German R&B duo from Munich. The group was founded by Frank Farian in 1988 and consisted of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The group's debut album, titled All or Nothing in Europe and reconfigured as Girl You Know It's True in the United States, achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on 21 February 1990.[2]

Milli Vanilli became one of the most popular pop acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with millions of records sold. However, their success quickly turned to infamy when Morvan, Pilatus, and their agent Sergio Vendero confessed that Morvan and Pilatus did not sing any of the vocals heard on their music releases. The duo ended up giving back the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.[3][4][5] The group recorded a comeback album in 1998 titled Back and in Attack, but the album was never released after Rob Pilatus died at the age of 32.[6]

Beginnings, 1988

According to VH1's Behind the Music, the single "Girl You Know It's True" was first produced by Jesse Powell and had already been completed before Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan were recruited. Frank Farian felt that no efforts should be made to refine Pilatus and Morvan's voices.

Morvan claimed in 2011 that Farian had manipulated the two of them by giving them a small advance when he signed them. The pair spent most of it on clothes and hairstyling. Several months later, Farian called them and told them they had to lip sync to some prerecorded music or, as stated in the contract, repay the advance in full. "We were not hired, we were trapped," Morvan recalled.[7]

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