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Onstage Meltdowns

Milli Vanilli

In 1989, Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus were on top of the pop world. They’d sold millions of copies of their debut album, were nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy and referred to themselves in interviews as the new Elvis, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. All of that changed in a heartbeat during a concert at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, on July 21, 1989. Midway through the duo’s performance of “Girl You Know It’s True,” the vocal track started skipping, revealing the fact that the two had been lip-synching. Unsure of what to do, Fab and Rob fled the stage. The ensuing year was a nightmare. The group was stripped of its Grammy, dropped from its label and slapped with a class action lawsuit for defrauding fans. —Jeff Royer

(Photo: Douglas C. Pizac, AP Images)



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