‘You and I had a great run’: Surviving member of Milli Vanilli pays tribute to their real singer John Davis who sang on the notorious pop duo’s hit Girl You Know It’s True as he dies from covid aged 66
- John Davis was a session musician who performed tracks for Milli Vanilli
- The R&B duo Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus lip synced and gained huge success
- But it turned to infamy when it was revealed they sang none of their own tracks
- Morvan paid tribute to the ‘original voice’ of the French-German group
- Davis’s daughter Jasmin remembered her father’s ‘happy spirit’
The surviving member of Milli Vanilli has paid tribute to the ‘original voice’ of the band after he died from Covid-19 aged 66.
John Davis provided the vocals for the infamous 1980s R&B duo which was fronted by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus.
The pair never sung a note on their tracks or live performances, with session singers such as Davis stepping in behind the scenes.
Morvan said in a post on Twitter: ‘Can’t believe it, thanks for all the love you’ve spread throughout the years, from the edge of the stage.
‘You and I had a great run, it was fun to celebrate life with the help of music.
‘Peace one love your voice will live on. Play it loud everybody.’
Davis’s daughter Jasmin broke the news in a Facebook post, saying: ‘Unfortunately my dad passed away this evening through the coronavirus.
One of the real singers behind Milli Vanilli, John Davis (right, pictured with Fabrice Morvan) has died from Covid-19 aged 66
The musician provided the vocals for the late 1980s R&B group which was fronted by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus (pictured)
Fab Morvan posted a touching tribute to ‘one of the original voices of Milli Vanilli’ on his Twitter account
‘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. We will miss him dearly.’
Davis sang on the German-French group’s hit 1989 album Girl You Know It’s True, which went on to sell 11 million copies.
The singer was born in South Carolina and moved to Germany where he was one of the vocalists performing under the guise of Milli Vanilli which was formed by record producer Frank Farian.
Davis (right) sang on the group’s hit 1989 album Girl You Know It’s True, which went on to sell 11 million copies
He and other session musicians were listed as backing singers, with Morvan and Pilatus given lead credit.
Their huge success saw the duo famously compare themselves to Elvis Presley after they won the 1990 Grammy Award for best new artist.
But after increasing speculation, it was revealed the frontmen had been lip syncing the entire time, causing a dramatic fall from grace.
The singer (pictured with Morvan) was born in South Carolina and moved to Germany where he was one of the vocalists performing under the guise of Milli Vanilli
They were forced to return their Grammy and had to endure a number of lawsuits after they were publicly ridiculed when a backing track they were miming to started to skip on MTV.
Pilatus died in 1993 after a suspected alcohol and prescription drug overdose but Morvan continued to perform.
After the scandal, Davis and fellow original singer Brad Howell started performing as The Real Milli Vanilli, releasing album The Moment of Truth in 1991.
Davis remained in Germany and later performed alongside Morvan as part of Face Meets Voice.