R&B duo Milli Vanilli stormed into the pop world as the 1980s came to an end. They were young, attractive and their tunes were catchy. What’s more, their debut album “Girl You Know It’s True” enjoyed massive success in 1989 – in fact, they even picked up a Grammy award for Best New Artist. But before long, the title of their album would seem desperately ironic when it was later discovered that there was a great deal of deception behind the act – and the scandal that followed was epic. In recent years, however, Fabrice Morvan, one half of the duo, has spoken about exactly what happened.
Milli Vanilli was formed in 1988, and was made up of Rob Pilatus from Munich, Germany, and Paris native Fabrice “Fab” Morvan. The duo came to promote themselves as “The Brothers of Soul,” but nothing about the band, even its name – it was incorrectly claimed to mean “positive energy” in Turkish – was real. Indeed, Pilatus and Morvan had been recruited to be the face of other people’s music.
To form Milli Vanilli, producer Frank Farian gathered up a gang of good vocalists. These were Charles Shaw, Linda and Jodie Rocco, John Davis, and Brad Howell. But they didn’t give off the image Farian wanted for his band, so he uncovered Morvan and Pilatus to front this new music project.