Real Milli Vanilli singer John Davis dies from covid aged 66

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

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)

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

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 first worked as a bass player before becoming a singer.

He released the funk album Joker named after his band before he became a vocalist performing under the guide of Milli Vanilli, a duo 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

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.

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.

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

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

Pilatus died in 1998 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, most recently living in Furth, and later performed alongside Morvan as part of Face Meets Voice.

He has also performed with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Eric Burdon of The Animals and German star Uwe Ochsenknecht.

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