Felipe Rose


Felipe Rose

Infobox actor


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name = Felipe Rose
birthname = Felipe Ortiz Rose
birthdate = birth date and age|1954|01|12
location = New York City, New York, U.S.
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occupation = Singer
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Felipe Rose (born January 12, 1954) was a founding member of the disco group the Village People, in which he is the Indian. His mother is Puerto Rican and his father a Native American (Lakota Sioux). He is openly gay.citation |title=The Lavender Screen: The Gay and Lesbian Films: Their Stars, Directors, Makers, Characters and Critics |first=Boze |last=Hadleigh |year=2001 |publisher=Citadel Press |isbn=0806521996 |page=134]

Early years

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 Pasqual 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".

Village People

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 "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 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 U.S., he suggested that the other members of the group wear uniforms representing different "manly" occupations in New York's Greenwich Village.

In 1977, the 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. The company handles Village People's releases and songs. The company is also in charge of the group's many engagements. Rose has been the producer of various artists.

olo career

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 5th 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". Ironically, when he chose to join a gym, he chose the Richmond Athletic Club rather than the more obvious YMCA. 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".

Later years

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., Village People's corporate entity, he's a member of the Advisory Board of the Native American Music Association, a member of LARAS-Latin Grammy's and of the Winter Music Conference.

In 2006, Rose appeared as a contestant on the revival of "I've Got a Secret". He has relocated to Asbury Park, New Jersey.

ee also

*List of famous Puerto Ricans

References

External links

* [http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=63452&ran=161537 Village People's Felipe Rose is still "The Indian"]
* [http://www.feliperose.com Official website]


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