Razzy Bailey

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Razzy Bailey
Bailey at CMA Music Festival in 2010
Bailey at CMA Music Festival in 2010
Background information
Birth nameRasie Michael Bailey[1]
Born(1939-02-14)February 14, 1939[2]
Five Points, Alabama, U.S.
DiedAugust 4, 2021(2021-08-04) (aged 82)
Goodlettsville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, songwriter, and producer
Years active1966–2021
Spectra Records
Spouse(s)Faye Bright-Bailey 1990

Rasie Michael "Razzy" Bailey (February 14, 1939 – August 4, 2021) was an American country music. In the early 1980s, he scored 5 No. 1's on the Billboard country music charts.

Early life[edit]

Bailey was born in Five Points, Alabama, United States,[2] and raised on a farm in La Fayette, Alabama. Bailey got his first experience of musical performance as a member of his high school's Future Farmers of America string band. After graduation, he married and had children immediately and had little time to pursue his career,[3] but he spent many years playing occasional gigs at honkytonks in Georgia and Alabama and developing his songwriting.

Early releases[edit]

In 1966, Bailey took his material to Bill Lowery at Atlantic Records, who arranged for him to record "9,999,999 Tears" backed by a studio band featuring Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, and Freddy Weller.[2] The song failed to hit the charts at that time, but Bailey was encouraged, forming the pop trio Daily Bread which released a pair of albums on small labels.[3] Another group, The Aquarians, followed in 1972; in 1974, Bailey recorded the album I Hate Hate simply as "Razzy." It sold over half a million copies before being picked up by MGM Records.

Career at RCA[edit]

In 1976, Dickey Lee recorded "9,999,999 Tears", and it became a country and pop hit in 1976,[2] and in 1977, Lee repeated this with another Bailey tune, "Peanut Butter," which also went into the charts.[3] As his songwriting talents became known, Bailey signed with RCA Records and, in 1978, began releasing singles of his own songs.[3] His first hit as a singer-songwriter, "What Time Do You Have To Be Back in Heaven?",[2] was on the charts for over four months. Bailey charted a total of seven No. 1 singles on Billboard's "Country" charts and another eight Top 10 in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His sound combines R&B influences with country; his version of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" was a country hit.[2] His last country No. 1 hit was with "She Left Love All Over Me" in 1982.[2]

Bailey had three double sided number 1's in succession on the Country chart,[2] a feat never accomplished by any other artist.

He also operated Razzy's Hit House, his recording studio where he helped other artists with their projects.

Personal life[edit]

Bailey died in August 2021, at the age of 82.[4]



Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1974 I Hate Hate MGM
1979 If Love Had a Face 33 RCA
1980 Razzy 12
1981 Makin' Friends 8 183
1982 Feelin' Right 10 176
A Little More Razz 59
1983 Greatest Hits 33
1984 The Midnight Hour 36
1985 Cut from a Different Stone 38 MCA
1986 Arrival
2009 Damned Good Time SOA


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1966 "9,999,999 Tears" Single only
1974 "I Hate Hate" (as Razzy)A I Hate Hate
1976 "Keepin' Rosie Proud of Me" 99 Single only
1978 "What Time Do You Have to Be Back to Heaven" 9 20 If Love Had a Face
"Tonight She's Gonna Love Me (Like There Was No Tomorrow)" 6 5
1979 "If Love Had a Face" 6 33
"I Ain't Got No Business Doin' Business Today" 10 18
"I Can't Get Enough of You" 5 Razzy
1980 "Too Old to Play Cowboy" 13
"Loving Up a Storm" 1 10
"I Keep Coming Back" / "True Life Country Music" 1 3
1981 "Friends" / "Anywhere There's a Jukebox" 1 9 Makin' Friends
"Midnight Hauler" 1 1
"Scratch My Back (And Whisper in My Ear)"B 8
"She Left Love All Over Me" 1 2 Feelin' Right
1982 "Everytime You Cross My Mind (You Break My Heart)" 10 9
"Love's Gonna Fall Here Tonight" 8 11 A Little More Razz
"Poor Boy" 30
1983 "After the Great Depression" 19 23 Greatest Hits
"This Is Just the First Day" 62 48
1984 "In the Midnight Hour" 14 32 The Midnight Hour
"Knock on Wood" 29 Cut from a Different Stone
"Touchy Situation" 43
1985 "Modern Day Marriages" 51
"Fightin' Fire with Fire" 78 Arrival
"Old Blue Yodeler" 48
1986 "Rockin' in the Parkin' Lot" 63 42
1987 "If Love Ever Made a Fool" 69 Singles only
1988 "Unattended Fire" 58
"Starting All Over Again" 73
1989 "But You Will" 65
1991 "Fragile (Handle with Care)" 36
  • A"I Hate Hate" peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 50 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.
  • BB-side to "Midnight Hauler."

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1980 "Friends"
1981 "Anywhere There's a Jukebox"
"Midnight Hauler"
"I've Had My Limit (Of Two-Timing Women)"
1982 "Night Life"
1985 "Old Blue Yodeler"


  1. ^ "Fact Sheet". July 15, 2011. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Country Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 0-85112-726-6.
  3. ^ a b c d "Razzy Bailey | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  4. ^ '80s Hitmaker Razzy Bailey Dies at Age 82

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