Glenn Hughes, original Village People “leatherman,” dies

BY Advocate.com Editors

March 10 2001 12:00 AM ET

Glenn Hughes, one of the original members of the popular and homoerotic disco group the Village People, died March 4 at the age of 50 after a long illness. The group featured singers made up as popular masculine archetypes—cowboy, Indian, construction worker, policeman, soldier—and scored many hits in the ’70s, including “Macho Man,” “In the Navy,” and “YMCA.” Hughes was known for his leather-and-chain outfits, handlebar moustache, and deep voice, and he appeared with his bandmates in the 1980 film Can’t Stop the Music. Upon his request, Hughes was buried in his leatherman outfit.

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