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Village People singer back home

Victor Wilis
Willis left the Village People in 1980

Former Village People lead singer Victor Willis has been released from a US hospital after vocal cord surgery.

"I feel great and look forward to performing before the end of the year, but I can't say for sure," Willis said in a statement.

The singer's doctors have told him not to sing for 90 days, while his speaking voice "sounds almost normal", his spokeswoman said.

The 57-year-old had surgery last week to remove nodules from his vocal cords.

Willis developed hoarseness in 2007 after several performances forcing him to cancel European and Canadian concert dates this year.

He has postponed his current tour, but is expected to reschedule the dates after the surgery in San Diego.

The Village People originally formed in 1977 and the group has sold more than 80 million albums and singles.

Willis, who originally dressed as a policeman, wrote and sang hits such as YMCA and Macho Man, but left the group in 1980.

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