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Henri Belolo obituary

Music producer, promoter and co-founder of groups such as the Ritchie Family and Village People

The record producer and label boss Henri Belolo, who has died aged 82, helped define the “Eurodisco” genre of the later disco era in the second half of the 1970s.

He and his production partner, Jacques Morali, infused the emerging disco sound of New York with a flamboyant melodic style derived from French chanson and big-band opulence. With the groups he created, the Ritchie Family and especially Village People, Belolo took this European-influenced pop-dance music to commercial success in the US and globally.

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