"Y.M.C.A." Took Just Six Hours To Create… And It's Still Earning Its Writer Millions

By on July 12, 2018 in ArticlesCelebrity News

The Village People's "Y.M.C.A." turns 40 years old this year. But it's still just as popular as the day it was released. You'll hear it at just about every sporting event in the world, and it's nearly impossible to resist spelling out the letters as they play. It's a catchy tune that's easy enough to sing and dance along to, which is never a bad thing.

Oh, and it's also made its writer millions of dollars.

Victor Willis, who played the cop in The Village People, owns half of the copyright to the band's entire catalog thanks to a legal victory a few years ago. He says it took him six hours tops to write the entire song – and he penned the final draft in just ten minutes.

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As a result, Willis has earned millions of dollars from "Y.M.C.A." And while he's generally resisted lavish purchases, he's had the occasional splurge.

Willis once bought a gold Cartier watch encrusted with diamonds for $100,000 simply because he liked how it looked. He also regularly takes cruises with his wife and owns a multi-million dollar mansion in San Diego.

Though the singer/songwriter doesn't know exactly how much he's earned from "Y.M.C.A," he estimates that it's been "millions of dollars a year" over the last 40 years. And in a true show of confidence, Morris said he expected the song to make that much.

One of the keys to Morris's success was hanging onto his music catalog. He received several offers to sell it in the 1980s, even for millions of dollars, but he refused. His own music catalog increases in value every year. By owning half of the Village People's catalog, he makes money whenever the song gets performed.

As far as investing his money, Morris avoids the stock market. Instead, he keeps his money in the bank or in businesses. He's become a more cautious investor and learned the importance of doing your homework thanks to a sham oil investment. Morris spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the advice of his investor for a fraudulent company.

Luckily, "Y.M.C.A." won't be going away anytime soon, so Morris can recoup his losses. And that's beautiful music to his ears.

Articles Written by Joey Held
If there's a story anywhere in the world of music, sports, or entertainment, Joey wants to tell it. He's been freelancing since 2010, and prior to that, he attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and sport administration. A Chicago native, Joey currently resides in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter and Google+ and always feel free to suggest a song for his next karaoke performance.
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