- George McCrae
Infobox musical artist
Name = George McCrae
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = George McCrae
Born = birth date and age|1944|10|19
West Palm Beach,
Instrument = Vocals
Genre = Soul
Years_active = 1963 - present
Label = Alston Records
Gwen McCrae KC and the Sunshine Band
URL = http://www.georgemccrae.com
George McCrae (born October 19, 1944, West Palm Beach,
Florida) is a soul singer, most famous for his 1974 hit " Rock Your Baby", released on the independent TK Recordslabel based in Hialeah, Florida.
McCrae formed his own singing group, the Jivin' Jets, before joining the
United States Navyin 1963. Four years later, he reformed the group, with his wife Gwen joining the line-up, but soon afterwards they decided to work as a duo, recording for Henry Stone's Alston record label. Gwen then won a solo contract, with George acting as her manager as well as doing some singing on sessions and in clubs.
He was about to return to
collegeto study law enforcement, when Richard Finch and Harry Wayne Caseyof KC and the Sunshine Bandinvited him to sing the lyricsfor a songthat they had recorded for the band, but could not reach the high notes that were required for the song. It suited his high-pitched voice to the extent that the song, "Rock Your Baby", became one of the first hits of the discoera in 1974, selling an estimated eleven million copies worldwide, topping the charts in the U.S., UK, and over 80 other countries.
The song was so successful that "
Rolling Stone" magazinevoted it the #1 song of the year, back in 1974. McCrae received a Grammy Awardnomination for Best Male R&B Vocalist the following year. Two further single releases, "I Can't Leave You Alone" and "I Get Lifted" also reached the UK Singles ChartTop 10, but he had much less success with follow-ups in the U.S. McCrae also contributed uncredited vocals to KC and the Sunshine Band's hit "Queen of Clubs".
He continued to record with, and manage his wife until their
divorce, and also continued to record and tour through the 1980s in his own right, particularly in Europewhere he remained popular. He now lives in Arubain the Caribbean. McCrae's daughter, Marcella, was a finalist in the German version of the casting show, " Popstars".
* "Rock Your Baby" - 1974
* "George McCrae" - 1975
* "Together Again" - 1975
* "Diamond Touch" - 1976
* "We Did It" - 1979
* "One Step Closer" - 1984
* "Love's Been Good To Me" - 1985
* "I Feel Love For You" - 1987
* "Diamond Collection" - 1991
* "Golden Classics" - 1993
* "Music Mirror" - 1993
* "With All My Heart" - 1994
* "Do Something" - 1995
* "Romance" - 1996
List of soul musicians
List of disco artists
List of artists who reached number one in the United States
List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
List of performers on Top of the Pops
List of Identity Parade guests on Never Mind the Buzzcocks
List of artists who reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart
List of Epic Records artists
* [http://www.georgemccrae.com Home page]
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