There is always someone trying to beat the system, receive credit when credit is not due, make gains through dishonesty. The music industry is not immune to any of these happenings. Reaching for the dream often finds a recording artist(s) going for, often perhaps receiving, unjustified accolades. Scandals emerge and the legitimacy of such actions is questionable.
It was the late 80s when the real voices behind Milli Vanilli were exposed as not being those belonging to leading faces of the pop group. The discovery that Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan hadn't sung a single note of their hit songs became the biggest scandal in Grammy history. The duo had earned a #1 hit with "Baby Don' Forget My Number" (1989). This led to their nomination and win of a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 21, 1990. Suddenly exposed as illegitimate, the duo was stripped of the award.
This was not the first time of a chart-topping act with a scandalous secret nor will it be the last. Pop music hypocrisy doesn't lend itself to finite definitions as to what constitutes legitimate vs. illegitimate. The industry itself is just too flexible.By the summer of 1989, some people wondered why Rob and Fab's speaking voices in interviews sounded nothing like their songs, and in July, they were caught lip-synching when their recording skipped during a concert in Connecticut. It wasn't until November, 1990 that the truth came out about the group when Farian admitted that Rob and Fab were not the real singers.
Another such act scored a #1 hit on this day two decades earlier...or did they?
1962 The Crystals started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'He's A Rebel', it made No.19 on the UK chart.Legitimate or Illegitimate?
Their name appeared at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 alongside the song 'He's A Rebel'—a record on which the credited artists, the Crystals, had not sung a single note.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...