Real McCoy (band)

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Real McCoy
Also known as MC Sar & The Real McCoy
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Eurodance[1]Pop
Years active 1988–1997,1999, 2006-2009, 2016–present
Labels ZYX Music, Hansa Records, BMG, Arista,Phears Music/SME Records
Members Olaf "O-Jay"Jeglitza
Karan Kasar
Frank "Quickmix" Hassas
Past members Juergen Wind (J. Wind)
David Brunner
Patricia Petersen
Lisa Cork
Vanessa Mason

Real McCoy (originally known as MC Sar & The Real McCoy) is a German music group best known for the '90s crossover hits " Another Night." [2] "Run Away," "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)," and "Love & Devotion."

Real McCoy was originally produced in Berlin, Germany by music producers Juergen Wind (J. Wind) and Frank "Quickmix" Hassas under their music production company Freshsline Records. During the peak years Real McCoy's commercial success, German rapper Olaf "O-Jay"Jeglitza fronted the group with American singer Patricia "Patsy" Petersen. After the initial breakup of Real McCoy in 1997, Petersen was later revealed to have been lipsyncing the vocals of studio singer Karin Kasar for all of the group's music releases between 1993 and 1995. When singer Vanessa Mason was recruited into the group as an additional singer in 1994, the group officially became a trio act while still utilizing Kasar's chorus vocals to lipsynch for music videos and live performances.

The final Real McCoy album One More Time (1997) was produced by Wind without any involvement from Hassas. Singer Lisa Cork was recruited into the group as a replacement for Petersen. Kasar was also not involved in the third album. While the lead single from the album achieved modest commercial success, the album itself was a major commercial failure. The poor record sales for the album lead to the quick demise of the group in 1997. In the years after the breakup, Jeglitza continued to independently release new singles under the name Real McCoy without any involvement from Wind or Hassas. All new singers were involved in these releases.

In 2016, Jeglitza officially returned to live performing as Real McCoy after a long multi-year hiatus. He now performs live with original studio singer Karin Kasar. Currently, Jeglitza and Kasar perform the Real McCoy hits live at '90s music festivals worldwide.

Group Origins (1989)[edit]

Real McCoy was originally known in Europe as "MC Sar & The Real McCoy" and consisted of the producers Juergen Wind (J. Wind) and Frank "Quickmix" Hassas and rapper Olaf "O-Jay" Jeglitza. The group's debut hit "Pump The Jam - Rap," a cover of the Technotronic hit "Pump Up The Jam" became an unexpected No.16[3] hit in Germany upon release. The second single from the group, "It's On You," was also a commercial success and featured vocals from singer Patricia "Patsy" Petersen on the choruses. Jeglitza performed the rap on the single but but was disinterested in starring in music videos or performing the track live. As a result, a Frenchman of African-descent named of Shampro starred in Jeglitza's place for the music video and lipsynced his vocals as well.[4] Shampro was also featured on the cover art for the single and is referred to as "MC Sar" in the actual rap lyrics. Three more singles ("Don't Stop", "Make A Move", "Let's Talk About Love", and "No Showbo") and an album called "Make A Move" were later released. Unfortunately, all of these releases failed to achieve the same commercial success of the group's first two hit singles.

Mainstream Success with "Another Night" (1993)[edit]

While developing the new single "Another Night," for MC Sar & The Real McCoy 1992, Wind and BMG Berlin (Hansa) executives, David Brunner and Andy Selleneit had carefully mapped out their strategy on how to make the single a commercial success in Europe. After recording Petersen's vocals for the song, Wind felt dissatisfied with the quality of her vocals and felt they were not enough to make the song into a hit. Studio singer Karin Kasar' was selected to record vocals on the track instead. After working with Kasar, a decision was made to keep Petersen in the group as the front woman and to have her lipsync Kasar's vocals for live performances and music videos. During the production of the single, the producer duo known as the Berman Brothers had collaborated with Wind when developing different remixes for the single. A mix created by the Brothers was later chosen by Wind to be the official single version of the song. Upon release, the single became a success in Europe. Jeglitza was then promoted to the role of frontman of the group alongside Petersen. As rapper-singer duo act, Jeglitza and Petersen toured as MC Sar & The Real McCoy performing and promoting the single while also starring together in music videos.[5] The follow up singles "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)" and "Run Away" also became major European hits upon release. In Summer 1994, a new album titled "Space Invaders" was released by the group. The album became a massive commercial success in Europe and a best seller for Freshline Records. American music executive, Clive Davis of Arista Records, eventually took notice of the commercial success of the group and had expressed interest in bringing the act to the American market.[5] A re-release of "Space Invaders" album and the singles was planned. For marketing reasons Arista dropped the "MC Sar" from the group name and renamed the group name "Real McCoy." New songs were recorded for the re-release in America. All female vocals for the newer tracks were still recorded with Kasar in Germany. Arista also re-titled the album "Another Nigh." During the promotion in America for the re-release.[6]

Group decline after "One More Time" Album (1997)[edit]

In 1997, a new Real McCOy album One More Time was released. Petersen was replaced by singer Lisa Cork while Mason still remained in the act. Unlike the previous album, Cork and Mason were allowed to perform their own vocals for the album tracks and singles. The lead single from the album peaked at No. 27[7] on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also became a Top 20 hit on both Rhythmic/Dance format radio and on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. However, unable to duplicate the massive commercial success of the previous album and ultimately became a major commercial failure resulting in the quick demise of the group.

Real McCoy continuation and hiatus (1999-2009)[edit]

In 1999 and 2000, Jeglitza released a two new Real McCoy singles without Wind's involvement. The first single in 1999 was a new version of the group's 1990 hit "It's On You" with new updated rap vocals from Jeglitza and new singing vocals from two new singers. The second track in 2000 was an all new track titled "Hey Now" which did not feature vocals from Jeglitza. Both singles failed to achieve success on music charts and also failed commercially. After a long hiatus, Jeglitza (under the name Real McCoy) collaborated with the Polish band Ich Troje to create the song "Follow My Heart." Jeglitza and the band represented Poland at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.[8] The song, however, failed to qualify for the grand final. In early 2007, a new Real McCoy titled "People are still Having Sex" was released in Germany. The single was a cover of the famous La Tour single of the same name. In August 2009, Jeglitza performed as Real McCoy as a featured guest act at a DJ BoBo's "DJ BoBo and Friends" concert in Engelberg, Switzerland.[9][10]

Real McCoy Reboot (2016)[edit]

In 2016, Jeglitza reunited with the original studio singer Karin Kasar to reform Real McCoy. As a live duo act, Jeglitza and Kasar perform as Real McCoy at '90's festivals worldwide.


  • Olaf "O-Jay" Jeglitza
  • Patricia "Patsy" Petersen
  • Vanessa Mason
  • Lisa Cork
  • Karin Kasar
  • Shampro


  • Juergen Wind (J.Wind)
  • Frank "Quickmix" Hassas



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER[11] AUS[12] CAN[13] NZ[14] UK[15][16] US
1990 On the Move!
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Galaxis
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
1994 Space Invaders
  • Released: August 24, 1994
  • Label: Hansa Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
1995 Another Night
  • Released: March 14, 1995
  • Label: Arista Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
6 20 1 6 13
1997 One More Time
  • Released: March 25, 1997
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
78 55 79
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)


1989 "Pump Up the Jam" 16 100 On the Move!
1990 "It's on You" 11 4 8 3 8
"Don't Stop" 41 19 18
1991 "Make a Move" 29 Singles only
1992 "Let's Talk About Love"
"No Showbo"
1993 "Another Night" 18 1 30 55 1 20 6 13 16 42 22 2 3 1 Another Night
1994 "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)" 20 18 9 38 44 32 19 58 52 3
"Run Away" 22 4 24 33 10 5 38 6 25 11 6 3 3
  • US: Gold
1995 "Love & Devotion" 37 7 16 16 26 28 16 11
"Come and Get Your Love" 53 18 42 4 22 37 8 19 19 1
"Sleeping with an Angel/Ooh Boy" 101 19
1997 "One More Time" 85 3 8 1 81 27 14 One More Time
"I Wanna Come (With You)" 82 12 105
"(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here" 102
1998 "Pump Up the Jam '98" Singles only
1999 "It's on You '99" 14
2000 "Hey Now"
2006 "Follow My Heart"
2007 "People Are Still Having Sex"[29]
2009 "Two Hearts"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Balls, David (15 June 2009). "Whatever happened to... The Real McCoy?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  2. ^ " Biography on Real McCoy". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  3. ^ Chart progression of the single "Pump Up The Jam - Rap": in Germany provided by
  4. ^ " Biography on Real McCoy". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  5. ^ a b "An Interview with Real McCoy singer Lisa Cork-Twiss". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  6. ^ "MTV Bio on Real McCoy". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  7. ^ Chart Listing of the single "One More Time" for the week of Jul 19, 1997
  8. ^ Billboard Article May 18, 2006
  9. ^ Facebook event invite by DJ Bobo
  10. ^ Pictures of Real McCoy at DJ BoBo and Friends concert - August 1, 2009
  11. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  12. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  13. ^ a b c
  14. ^ a b " > Real McCoy in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  15. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  16. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 452. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  17. ^ "1995 ARIA Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  18. ^ Music Canada: Certifications
  19. ^
  20. ^ a b c d e International peak positions
  21. ^ Search for Ireland peak position
  22. ^ Billboard Hot 100 peaks
  23. ^ Chart Listing of the Real McCoy singles on USA Billboard Charts
  24. ^ French certifications + sales See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "MC SAR & REAL McCoy" (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  25. ^ "1995 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  26. ^ UK certification
  27. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  28. ^ Australian certification
  29. ^ Registration of "People are still having sex" (Real McCoy) in the catalog of the national German Music Archive

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ivan & Delfin
with "Czarna dziewczyna"
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Ich Troje)
Succeeded by
The Jet Set
with "Time To Party"