Milli Vanilli, was formed in Germany, by Frank Farian, in 1988. The group was fronted by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. Their first debut album was released in 1988 and won the group a Grammy for being the Best new Artist in 1990. The band went on to sell over 30 million singles and over 14 million albums. This success made them one of the most popular pop groups in the 1980's and early 1990's. Their fame did not last long however when it was discovered that the lead singers did not sing on the record. The groupís debut album, All Or Nothing, was released in Europe in 1988. There were vocals by Charles Shaw, John Davis, Brad Howell, and twins Jodie and Linda Rocco. Farian did not think the images of these singers were very marketable so he chose more photogenic people to front the project. The actual singers did not get any mention at all on the album. Those mentioned were Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus who were actually just model dancers from a Berlin dance Club.
The LP caught the attention of Arista records and they signed up the duo on their label. They remixed the tracks and added more to it, then renamed it, Girl You Know Itís True, and released it in the United States in 1989. The title track, Girl You Know itís True, went to number 2 on the Hot 100 Chart and was certified Platinum. The duoís next three singles, Baby Donít Forget My Number, Girl Iím Gonnaí Miss You, and Blame It On the Rain, hit number one. Their fifth and last single, All Or Nothing, made the top 5 in the early 1990's.
The group began to bomb when in July 1989 while in a live performance, the recording of Girl You Know itís True began to skip and jammed and kept repeating the words, Girl You Know Itís----, over and over. The crowd did not seem to notice it but the critics did and this was when trouble started for Milli Vanilli. The reviews were plastered everywhere and news spread fast about the fraud. In 1990, it was confirmed that Morvan and Pilatus did not sing on the records, they were just there for their looks. Because the fraud was discovered, the Grammy was withdrawn and also Artista Records also withdrew their contract with the duo. After this fiasco, there were at least 26 different lawsuits filed under different U. S. Consumer fraud protection laws against Pilatus, Morvan, and Artista Records. It has been rumored that the Universal Pictures are developing a film on the true story of the rise and fall of the duo, Manilli Vanilli.
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