‘I’m gonna miss you’: real Milli Vanilli singer John Davis who actually sang in the hit of the infamous pop duo Girl You Know It’s True dies from Covid at the age of 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 achieved huge success
- But it turned to shame when it was revealed that they didn’t sing any of their own songs
- Davis’ daughter Jasmin paid tribute to her father’s’ happy spirit ‘
One of the real singers behind Milli Vanilli, John Davis, has died of Covid-19 at the age of 66.
The musician provided vocals for the late 1980s R&B group, led by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus.
Davis ‘daughter Jasmin said in a Facebook post:’ Unfortunately my father died tonight from the corona virus.
One of the real-life singers behind Milli Vanilli, John Davis (right, pictured with Fabrice Morvan) has died of Covid-19 at the age of 66
The musician provided vocals for the late 1980s R&B group, led by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus (pictured)
‘He made many people happy with his laughter and smile, his happy spirit, love and especially his music.
‘He has given so much to the world! Please give him the final round of applause. We will miss him very much. ‘
Davis sang on the German-French group’s 1989 album Girl You Know It’s True, which sold 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.
Davis (right) sang on the group’s 1989 hit album, Girl You Know It’s True, which sold 11 million copies
He and other session musicians were listed as backing singers, with Morvan and Pilate taking credit.
Due to their massive success, the duo famously compared themselves to Elvis Presley after winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990.
But after mounting speculation, it was revealed that 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 Grammys and had to endure a number of lawsuits after being publicly ridiculed when a backing track on which they mimicked started skipping.
Pilate died in 1993 of a suspected overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, but Morvan continued to perform.
After the scandal, Davis and fellow original singer Brad Howell began performing as The Real Milli Vanilli, releasing album The Moment of Truth in 1991.
Davis stayed in Germany and later performed alongside Morvan as part of Face Meets Voice.