McCrae at the 2015 Miami International Film Festival
|Birth name||George Warren McCrae, Jr.|
October 19, 1944 |
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Labels||Alston, TK, RCA, Jayboy, President|
|Associated acts||Gwen McCrae
KC and the Sunshine Band
McCrae was the second of nine children, born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He formed his own singing group, the Jivin' Jets, before joining the United States Navy in 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 in Palm Beach.
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. 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, topping the charts in the U.S., UK. The song was so successful that Rolling Stone magazine voted it the #1 song of the year in 1974. 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", taken from his album Rock Your Baby, also reached the UK Singles Chart Top 10. He recorded several further albums for TK, including George McCrae (1975) and Diamond Days (1976), and also continued to record with, and manage, his wife until their divorce in 1976. 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. He remarried, moved to Canada, and entered a period of semi-retirement, leaving TK at the end of the 1970s.
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.
In 2016, George McCrae returns with a new concept album called LOVE which has been produced by the Dutch producer/composer Roger Heijster. The album has been recorded without sequencing only using vintage instruments. Leah and Sophia McCrae, the two daughters of George his first marriage with Gwen McCrae, have delivered the backing vocals for this album.
- Rock Your Baby - 1974 - U.S. Black Albums #7, US Pop Albums #38, UK Albums Chart 13
- George McCrae - 1975 - US Black Albums #24, US Pop Albums #152, UK #54
- Together (with Gwen McCrae) - 1975 - US Black Albums #33
- Diamond Touch - 1976
- We Did It - 1979
- One Step Closer to Love - 1984
- Love's Been Good To Me - 1985
- 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
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|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|
|"Love in Motion"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Diamond Touch|
|1977||"I'm Gonna Stay With My Baby Tonight"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Kiss Me the Way I Like It"||—||57||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||George McCrae (II)|
|"(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.|
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