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Village People star in hospital

Victor Willis
Willis left the group in 1980

Former Village People lead singer Victor Willis is recovering in hospital following vocal cord surgery.

Willis, the band's original policeman, had surgery at a San Diego, California, hospital on Monday to remove nodules from his vocal cords.

His spokeswoman said the 57-year-old would be postponing his tour, but was expected to reschedule the dates.

The singer, who co-wrote the lyrics to hits YMCA and Macho Man, left the group in 1980.

After his departure, he refused record deals and requests to perform any of the Village People's hits until recently.

He returned to the stage in 2007 after an absence of 27 years with his Victor Willis Dance Tour, but developed hoarseness after several performances forcing him to cancel European and Canadian concert dates this year.

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