Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
John Davis, real Milli Vanilli singer, dies at 66 of COVID-19
0 Comments
spotlight AP

John Davis, real Milli Vanilli singer, dies at 66 of COVID-19

  • 0

We’ve had to say goodbye to some beloved musicians, athletes, actors and more. Here's a look at the stars we've lost so far in 2021, through April.

John Davis, one of the true singers behind notorious R&B act Milli Vanilli, has died of coronavirus at age 66, according to his family.

Davis' daughter, Jasmin Davis, confirmed the performer's death to CNN Thursday.

She revealed the news initially in a post shared on his Facebook page this week.

"Unfortunately my dad passed away this evening through the coronavirus," she wrote on Monday.

"He made a lot of people happy with his laughter and smile, his happy spirit, love and especially through his music. He gave so much to the world! Please give him the last round of applause."

John Davis

John Davis was one of the true singers behind notorious musical act Milli Vanilli.

Milli Vanilli was a German-French act fronted by Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan. The group fell apart after it emerged that the men had not sung on their records.

The real singing was done by vocalists behind the scenes, including Davis.

The musical duo won the 1989 Grammy for best new artist but lost the award after the truth emerged.

Davis continued with his musical career after the scandal, this time as a lead performer. He sang with stars such as Luther Vandross and performed at concerts around the world. Davis also composed film music.

The musician, who was born in South Carolina, later moved to Germany, where he made occasional television appearances.

The-CNN-Wire

™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

0 Comments

Stay up-to-date on what's happening

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

It doesn't matter what the calendar says; Lorde says it's summer, so it's summer. The New Zealand mood-pop sensation returned last week with this light, airy, upbeat celebration of the sun, which nods to A Tribe Called Quest ("can I kick it? Yeah, I can!" Lorde says, sounding, gulp, happy) and is genetically engineered by producer Jack Antonoff to get the summer party rolling. You have no choice but to submit.

  • Updated

Australian rapper Masked Wolf's recent Top 10 hit has been hanging around since 2019 but got a recent bump from TikTok, as its opening — which goes silent before Wolf's first line and a hard-hitting beat drop — make it perfect for the video platform. It's the rare song that peaks at the very beginning, which makes it ideal to cross-fade into mixes; you don't need to hear the whole thing to get the full effect.

  • Updated

The latest smash from the worldwide K-pop sensations is a smooth, fun, melty summer dance track that nuzzles right up to its fan base — it's never a bad idea to shout out your fans, in this case the BTS Army, in song — and which happens to go great with a certain limited-time-only value meal at McDonalds.

  • Updated

Is it summer 2021 or summer 1988? Pop-rock survivor Mayer channels Bruce Hornsby on this synth-heavy light-rock throwback, which seems custom built for cracking a cold one after mowing the lawn or taking the dog for a walk. We can't all be late night partyers or cutting edge cool kids, and "Last Train Home" is the sound of enjoying the sunshine at your own leisurely pace. If uncool is the new cool, Mayer's got the summer on lock.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

News Alert