Of the originating and long-term members, Ray, David, Felipe, Jeff
and Alex continued on.
Jeff Olson / The Cowboy (1981 - 1985 + 1991 - )
Came back in 1991 to Replace Randy Jones twice.
Originally a YSL model, he
owns a bar in LA prior to his
second stint with the group.
Also prior to joining the band, he is member of a musical group of his own with Olson as lead singer.
Sported a 'new' modern Cowboy look nowadays.
Jeff Olson, the Cowboy, was born in New York City, but his family moved to West Islip, a Long Island suburb, when he was six months old.
As early as third grade he
showed an interest in music and acting, participating in school plays and regularly singing with the school chorus.
developed a reputation for organizing his
school bus buddies to sing along to pop songs on the way to grammar school, much to the dismay of the bus drivers.
n High School, Jeff
interest in music with his
involvement in numerous "garage bands," bands that never seemed to do much more than rehearse.
After graduation, Jeff moved to Mitchell, South Dakota to begin his college career at Dakota Wesleyan University.
studied biology, history and music.
sophomore year, he
once again became involved in a band that would eventually become known as STEPCHILD.
As lead singer and percussionist, they toured the upper Midwest working as their own booking agent, management, roadies, sound engineer and wardrobe personnel.
After 3 years, STEPCHILD ultimately disbanded and Jeff
chose to relocate to the San Francisco/Bay area in California to pursue a music career.
While in California, he
was also chosen to co-star in the film "L.A. Crackdown.
Jeff was then recruited by a fashion agent in San Francisco.
After several years as a California model, his
agency sent him to New York and then to an affiliated agency in Paris.
life in Paris and it wasn't long before Paris felt as familiar as his
own native New York.
Strangely, one night out with friends at a local restaurant frequented by models and industry people, Jeff was introduced to a certain Frenchman who was known as a successful music producer for such big name groups as The Richie Family and Village People.
It was a disappointingly brief meeting for Jeff
who never kept a musical career very far from his
As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approached in the autumn of 1980, he
made plans to return to the States to spend time with family.
Back in New York that fall, he
received a call from a friend telling him of an audition notice that appeared in one of the trade papers seeking a singer/dancer for a pop group.
Things happened very fast that fall.
hadn't been back from France for more than two weeks before he
found himself auditioning for the famous French music producer he
had met just weeks prior, Mr. Jacques Morali.
The very same day he was told that he had been selected and that he was now the cowboy of the group know as Village People.
During the late 1980's, Mr. Olson
owned and operated a sports bar in the L.A. area.
Currently he is a Connecticut resident and a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd.(the Village People corporation).