George McCrae

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George McCrae
George McCrae at MIFF (cropped).jpg
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Warren McCrae, Jr.
Born (1944-10-19) October 19, 1944 (age 74)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
GenresSoul, disco, funk
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1963–present
LabelsAlston, TK, RCA, Jayboy, President
Associated actsGwen McCrae
KC and the Sunshine Band
WebsiteGeorgemccrae.com

George Warren McCrae, Jr. (born October 19, 1944)[1][2] is an American soul and disco singer, most famous for his 1974 hit "Rock Your Baby".

Biography[edit]

McCrae was the second of nine children, born in West Palm Beach, Florida.[2] He formed his own singing group, the Jivin' Jets, before joining the United States Navy in 1963.[3] 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 in Palm Beach.[4][5]

He was about to return to college to study law enforcement, when Richard Finch and Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band invited him to sing the lyrics for a song that they had recorded for the band, but could not reach the high notes that were required for the song. The original intention was that Gwen, his wife, should record it, but she was late for the session and George recorded alone.[4][5] It suited his high-pitched voice to the extent that the song, "Rock Your Baby", became one of the first hits of the disco era in 1974, selling an estimated eleven million copies worldwide,[6] topping the charts in the U.S., UK. The song was so successful that Rolling Stone magazine voted it the No. 1 song of the year in 1974.[3] McCrae received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocalist the following year.

Two further single releases, "I Can't Leave You Alone" and "It's Been So Long" also reached the UK Singles Chart Top 10.[7][8] He recorded several further albums for TK, including George McCrae (1975) and Diamond Touch (1976),[9] and also continued to record with, and manage, his wife until their divorce in 1976.[5] While he continued to record albums including We Did It! and his second self-titled album George McCrae (both 1978), his commercial popularity slipped as the decade progressed.[2] He remarried, moved to Canada, and entered a period of semi-retirement, leaving TK at the end of the 1970s.[5]

He returned with the album One Step Closer to Love in 1984, the title track from which entered the charts in Britain, Canada and Holland. He moved to the village Munstergeleen in The Netherlands and remarried again in the late 1980s. His later albums found some success in Europe, and he continued to perform regularly there. By the 2000s, he shared his time between homes in Florida, Aruba and the Netherlands.[5][9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Rock Your Baby - 1974 - U.S. Black Albums No. 7, US Pop Albums No. 38, UK Albums Chart 13
  • George McCrae - 1975 - US Black Albums No. 24, US Pop Albums No. 152, UK No. 54
  • Together (with Gwen McCrae) - 1975 - US Black Albums No. 33
  • Diamond Touch - 1976
  • George McCrae - 1978
  • We Did It - 1979
  • One Step Closer to Love - 1984
  • Own The Night - 1984 (re-released as Love's Been Good To Me)
  • I Feel Love For You - 1987
  • Diamond Collection - 1991
  • With All My Heart - 1991
  • Golden Classics - 1993
  • Music Mirror - 1993
  • Do Something - 1995
  • Romance - 1996
  • Time for a Change - 2009
  • Love - 2016

[7] [10]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[11]
US R&B
[10]
NZ
[12]
GER
[13]
AUT
[14]
SWI
[15]
NED
[16]
BEL
(FLA)

[17]
SWE
[18]
NOR
[19]
IRE UK
[20]
1974 "Rock Your Baby" 1 1 34 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 Rock Your Baby
"I Can't Leave You Alone" 50 10 3 11 4 3 9
"You Can Have It All" 23
1975 "I Get Lifted" 37 8
"Look at You" 95 31
"Sing a Happy Song" 13 27 38 George McCrae
"It's Been So Long" 27 4 4
"I Ain't Lyin'" 31 35 12
1976 "Honey I" 65 18 20 33
"Love in Motion" Diamond Touch
1977 "I'm Gonna Stay with My Baby Tonight"
"Kiss Me the Way I Like It" 110 57 George McCrae (II)
1978 "Let's Dance" 93
"(You've Got) My Love, My Life, My Soul" We Did It!
"I Want You Around Me" 91
1979 "Don't You Feel My Love"
1984 "One Step Closer (To Love)" 19 57 One Step Closer To Love
"Listen To Your Heart"
"Never Too Late" (NED only)
"Own The Night" Own The Night
1985 "Let's Dance / Never Forgot Your Eyes" (UK only) singles only
1986 "Rock Your Baby (Frankfurt Mix)" 92
1987 "That's Love" I Feel Love For You
"Girls Don't Lie" (UK only)
1988 "Nice And Slow" singles only
1989 "Rock Me All The Way" (NED only)
1990 "Breathless" (GER only) With All My Heart
1991 "Calling Love" (GER only)
"Take This Love of Mine" (GER only)
1994 "All Around The World (The Fresh Taste of Happiness)" single only
1995 "Do Something" (GER only) 82 Do Something
"Wanna Be Your Lover" (GER only)
1996 "Little Things Softly" (GER only)
2009 "It's Been So Long 2009" (GER only) Time for a Change
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George McCrae Discography". Discogs.com. October 19, 1944. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography by Bill Dahl". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived December 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b "The Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Colin Larkin". Books.google.co.uk. May 27, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Longing for... - George McCrae - World wide ambassador of Love". George McCrae. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 347. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 338. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ "George McCrae - Rock Your Baby (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. January 5, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  9. ^ a b [2] Archived June 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b "George McCrae | Awards". AllMusic. October 19, 1944. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "George McCrae - US Hot 100". billboard.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  12. ^ "George McCrae - New Zealand Chart". charts.org.nz. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  13. ^ "George McCrae - German Chart". officialcharts.de. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  14. ^ "George McCrae - Austrian chart". austriancharts.at. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  15. ^ "George McCrae - Swiss chart". hitparade.ch. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  16. ^ "George McCrae - Dutch chart". dutchcharts.nl. February 8, 2015.
  17. ^ "George McCrae - Belgian Chart". ultratop.be. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  18. ^ "George McCrae - Swedish chart". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  19. ^ "George McCrae - Norwegian chart". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  20. ^ "George McCrae - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 8, 2015.

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