Glenn Hughes, who performed as the mustachioed, leather-clad biker in the disco band the Village People, died March 4 of lung cancer at his home in Manhattan. He was 50.
Hughes was one of six men who formed the Village People, a highly successful disco group that capitalized on fetishized images of the American male popular in New York’s gay nightclubs.
The band released its first single “San Francisco (You’ve Got Me),” in 1977. They followed the next year with their first hit “Macho Man.” The band then produced a string of hits, including “Y.M.C.A.,” “In the Navy,” and “Go West.”
Collectively they sold 65 million albums and singles and were featured in the 1980 autobiographical feature “Can’t Stop the Music.” Hughes remained with band until 1996.