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 Jeglitza (O-Jay)
Karin Kasar
Frank Hassas (Quickmix)
Past members Juergen Wind (J. Wind)
David Brunner
Patricia Petersen (Patsy)
Lisa Cork
Vanessa Mason
Georges "Shampro" Mario (MC Sar)

Real McCoy is a German music group best known in America for the Platinum and Gold selling crossover singles "Another Night" [2] and "Run Away," [3] and the Platinum selling album "Another Night."[4] Before 1995, the group was known in Europe as MC Sar & The Real McCoy.[5] The producer duo responsible for the group's success, Juergen Wind (J. Wind)[6] and Frank Hassas (Quickmix), initially wrote and produced the group's breakout single "Another Night" in Berlin, Germany in 1993. During the early stages of the group's international success, German rapper Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) and American singer Patricia Petersen (Patsy) fronted the act as a duo. By 1994, singer Vanessa Mason joined the group as a third member of the live act. At the peak of the group's international success in 1995, Jeglitza, Petersen and Mason officially became a trio act under the shortened group name Real McCoy.[7] Many years after the break up of the group, Petersen and Mason were revealed to have not been the real singers of the act. Both women had in fact been miming the vocals of studio singer Karin Kasar for all the group's music videos and live performances. Kasar was also never officially credited for singing vocals for all the group's music releases between 1993 to 1995.[8]

The final Real McCoy album One More Time was released in 1997. Singer Lisa Cork was recruited into the group as a replacement for Petersen. Hassas had no involvement in the One More Time album. Kasar did not return to record vocals for the One More Time album. A decision was made to allow Cork and Mason to actually sing using their own vocals for the album. The lead single (also titled One More Time) achieved major commercial success in Canada and Australia,[9] but the poor commercial sales of the One More Time 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 Wind or Hassas' involvement.

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 at '90s music festivals worldwide.

Group Origins (1989)[edit]

Real McCoy was originally known in Europe as MC Sar & The Real McCoy. The act was written and produced by Juergen Wind (J. Wind) and Frank Hassas (Quickmix). In the early stages, rapper Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) provided only rap vocals for the act while remaining completely anonymous. The single "Pump The Jam - Rap" was released as the first single from the act in 1989. Wind produced the single under his production company Freshline Records while working with ZYX Records to distribute the single in Germany. "Pump The Jam - Rap" became an unexpected hit in Germany charting at No.16 [10] The second single "It's On You," also became a hit in Germany upon release in 1990. Singer Patricia "Patsy" Petersen sang vocals on "It's On you." A Frenchman of African-descent named Georges "Shampro" Mario was selected to be a stand-in for Jeglitza and had mimed Jeglitza's rap vocals for the group's first ever music video in addition to lip-synching for live performances.[11] Mario was also credited as MC Sar and was the face of the act during this stage. Three more singles ("Don't Stop", "Make A Move", "Let's Talk About Love", and "No Showbo") and an album (Make A Move) were later released. Each of these follow up releases failed commercially in comparison to the first two singles. As a result, Freshline discontinued their relationship with ZYX records early in 1992

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

By mid 1992, Freshline had formed a new partnership deal with BMG Berlin (Hansa Records) to release new music for MC Sar & The Real McCoy. While producing "Another Night," with Hassas, Wind worked closely with A&R executive David Brunner for over a year to carefully map out a success strategy for the single in Europe. Petersen had originally pre-recorded vocals for the song, but Wind felt dissatisfied with the quality of her vocals on the track. Studio singer Karin Kasar was later brought in to record vocals instead. A decision was later made to keep Petersen in the act as a front woman while keeping Kasar anonymous. During the final stages of the production for "Another Night," a producer duo known as the Berman Brothers collaborated with Wind when developing 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 in Summer 1993, "Another Night" became a major commercial success in Europe and later in Canada. Due to the success of the single, the act received a slight makeover. Under his alias O-Jay, Jeglitza was quickly promoted to the role of front man in place of Mario. As a rapper-singer duo, Jeglitza and Petersen performed as MC Sar & The Real McCoy on music chart television programs all around Europe. For live performances and music videos, Petersen mimed Kasar's vocals while Jeglitza performed over enhanced playbacks of his own voice.[12] The next hit single "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)" was released in 1993. By 1994, singer Vanessa Mason was added to the group's live act in order to help make live performances more credible and less reliant on lip-syncing and playbacks.

In 1994, the hit single "Run Away" and the hit album Space Invaders was released in Europe. American music executive, Clive Davis of Arista Records, quickly took notice of the major success of MC Sar & The Real McCoy in Europe and expressed interest in bringing the act to North America. A re-release of the Space Invaders album and it's singles was quickly planned. For marketing reasons, Arista chose to shorten the group name to Real McCoy while marketing Jeglitza, Petersen and Mason as a trio act.

In 1995, all new music videos were filmed for North America starring Jeglitza, Petersen and Mason. The Space Invaders album was retitled Another Night [13] while the cover art and imagery for the marketing was changed to reflect more romantic themes. Several album tracks featured on the Space Invaders album were removed for the North American release. The new songs "Come and Get Your Love", "Ooh Boy", "Sleeping with an Angel" and "If You Should Ever Be Lonely (Deep in the Night)" were featured on the Another Night album. When released in North America in 1995, the singles "Another Night" and "Run Away" quickly achieved Platinum and Gold status. The commercial success of the two singles drove the Another Night album to Platinum status as well.

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

In 1997, a new Real McCoy album One More Time was released. Wind produced the album without Hassas' involvement. Petersen was replaced by singer Lisa Cork while Mason still remained in the act. Unlike the previous album, Kasar did not record vocals for One More Time. Cork and Mason recorded their own vocals for the album tracks while also performing live and starring in the music video for the albums lead single alongside Jeglitza. The lead single (also called "One More Time") peaked at No. 27[14] on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached Platinum status in Australia. It also became a Top 20 hit on both Rhythmic/Dance format radio and on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Despite the success of the single, the One More Time album was unable to duplicate the massive commercial sales of the Another Night album. It ultimately became a major commercial failure. The poor commercial sales lead to the quick demise of the act in 1997.

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

In 1999 and 2000, Jeglitza released two new singles under the name Real McCoy without Wind or Hassas' 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 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.[15] 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.[16][17]

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 Jeglitza (O-Jay)
  • Patricia Petersen (Patsy)
  • Vanessa Mason
  • Lisa Cork
  • Karin Kasar
  • Georges "Shampro" Mario (MC Sar)


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



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER[18] AUS[19] CAN[20] NZ[21] UK[22][23] 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"[36]
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. ^ "Billboard Magazine Mar 18, 1995". Billboard Megazine. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Magazine May 13, 1995". Billboard Megazine. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Real McCoy Discogs Profile". Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Juergen Wind Discogs Profile7". discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  7. ^ " Profile on Real McCoy". Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  8. ^ "Karin Kasar Discogs Profile". Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Magazine,Page 9 April 5, 1997". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  10. ^ Chart progression of the single "Pump Up The Jam - Rap": in Germany provided by
  11. ^ " Biography on Real McCoy". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  12. ^ "An Interview with Real McCoy singer Lisa Cork-Twiss". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  13. ^ "MTV Bio on Real McCoy". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  14. ^ Chart Listing of the single "One More Time" for the week of Jul 19, 1997
  15. ^ Billboard Article May 18, 2006
  16. ^ Facebook event invite by DJ Bobo
  17. ^ Pictures of Real McCoy at DJ BoBo and Friends concert - August 1, 2009
  18. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  19. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  20. ^ a b c
  21. ^ a b " > Real McCoy in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  22. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  23. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 452. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  24. ^ "1995 ARIA Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  25. ^ Music Canada: Certifications
  26. ^
  27. ^ a b c d e International peak positions
  28. ^ Search for Ireland peak position
  29. ^ Billboard Hot 100 peaks
  30. ^ Chart Listing of the Real McCoy singles on USA Billboard Charts
  31. ^ French certifications + sales See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "MC SAR & REAL McCoy" (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  32. ^ "1995 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  33. ^ UK certification
  34. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  35. ^ Australian certification
  36. ^ Registration of "People are still having sex" (Real McCoy) in the catalog of the national German Music Archive

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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"