Real McCoy (band)

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Real McCoy
Also known as M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Eurodance,[1] Pop
Years active 1989–1997, 1999, 2006-2009, 2016–present
Labels ZYX Records, Hansa Records, BMG, Arista,Phears Music/SME Records
Members Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay)
Karin Kasar
Past members Patricia Petersen (Patsy)
Lisa Cork
Vanessa Mason
Georges "Shampro" Mario (M.C. Sar)
Jason Ammon
Gabriele Koopmans (Gaby)
Ginger Maria Kamphuis (Ginger)
Debbie Butts
Gemma Louise Sampson (Gemma J)

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 double-platinum album Another Night.[4]

Before 1995, Real McCoy was known in Europe as M.C. 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 European success in 1993, German rapper Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) and American singer Patricia Petersen (Patsy) fronted the act as a duo. By 1994, singer Vanessa Mason had joined the group as the third member of the live act. At the peak of the group's mainstream crossover 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. Wind produced the album without Hassas' involvement. After Petersen's departure from the group, singer Lisa Cork was recruited into the act by American songwriter/producer Brent Argovitz. As a result, Kasar did not return to record vocals for the album. Cork and Mason instead recorded the singing vocals while Jeglitza and Argovitz worked together as songwriters for the production. The lead single (also titled One More Time) achieved major commercial success in Canada and Australia, [9] but the commercial sales of the album itself worldwide in comparison to the previous album were considered a disappointment. The failure ultimately caused 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.

Early success in Germany (1989-1990)[edit]

"It's On You" single (1990)

Real McCoy was originally known in Europe as M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy. The act was written and produced by the German producer duo Juergen Wind (J. Wind) and Frank Hassas (Quickmix). In the early stages of the act, German rapper Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) provided only rap vocals for the act while remaining anonymous. The musical style of the group at first was a mixture of Hop Hop, R&B and House style music. The group's first single "Pump The Jam - Rap" (a cover version of the debut Technotronic hit) was released in 1989. Wind produced the single under his music company Freshline Records while working with ZYX Records to distribute the single in Germany. "Pump The Jam - Rap" became a surprise hit in Germany reaching No.16 on the singles charts.[10] The follow-up single "It's On You," also became a top hit in Germany upon release in 1990. Singer Patricia Petersen (Patsy) sang the chorus on the single while a Frenchman of African-descent named Georges "Shampro" Mario served as Jeglitza's stand-in for the music video. Mario mimed Jeglitza's rap vocals in the video and was credited as M.C. Sar in order to give a face to the act. 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" (1993-1995)[edit]

"Another Night" single (1993)

In mid-1992, Freshline had formed a new partnership deal with BMG Berlin (Hansa Records) to release new music for M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy. A decision was then made at Freshline to drastically alter the sound of the act to have a more mainstream eurodance sound. While producing the group's new single "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 for the track instead. Petersen remained in the act as a front woman while Kasar was kept completely 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 commercial success in Europe and later in Canada. Jeglitza was then promoted to the role of front man of the act. As a rapper-singer duo, Jeglitza and Petersen were marketed as the new revamped version M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy in Europe. For live performances and music videos, Petersen mimed Kasar's vocals while Jeglitza performed over enhanced playbacks of his own voice.[11] The follow up single "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)" was released in 1993 and also became a hit in Europe. By 1994, singer Vanessa Mason was added to the group's live act due to her having a similar voice to Kasar. Her presence in the live act made live performances more believable and less reliant on lip-syncing and playbacks.

Another Night album (1995)

In 1994, the single "Run Away" and the album Space Invaders were both released in Europe. American music executive, Clive Davis of Arista Records, quickly took notice of the growing commercial success of the group in Europe and expressed interest in bringing the act to the North American market. 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. All new music videos were filmed for North America starring Jeglitza, Petersen and Mason in 1995. The Space Invaders album was then re-titled to Another Night.[12] The cover art and imagery for the Another Night album presented lighter romantic themes in contrast to the Space Invaders album. Several album tracks featured on the Space Invaders album were removed for the Another Night album release. The songs "Come and Get Your Love", "Ooh Boy", "Sleeping with an Angel" and "If You Should Ever Be Lonely (Deep in the Night)" were instead featured on the album. When released in North America in 1995, the singles "Another Night" quickly achieved Platinum status. "Run Away" also became a major hit and achieved Gold status. The commercial success of the two singles drove the Another Night album to achieve double Platinum status in North America with over 1.5 million in records sales.

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. American songwriter/producer Brent Argovitz became involved in the production. Argovitz recurited singer Lisa Cork into the act as a replacement for Petersen while Mason still remained in the act. Unlike the previous album, Kasar did not return to record vocals for One More Time. Cork and Mason recorded vocals on the album instead. Cork, Mason and Jeglitza as the 'new' Real McCoy toured worldwide and starred together in a music video for the lead single from the album. The lead single (also called "One More Time") peaked at No. 27[13] 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 previous album Another Night. The commercial failure of the album lead to the quick demise of the act in 1997. In 1998, BMG re-released the M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy album, Space Invaders, under the title Real McCoy - Love & Devotion in Germany.

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

In 1999, two new Real McCoy singles were released with an all new lineup. The new lineup consisted of rapper Jason Ammon and singers Gabriele Koopmans (Gaby) and Ginger Maria Kamphuis (Ginger). The first single was a new version of the group's 1990 hit "It's On You" with new updated rap vocals from Jeglitza. In the music video for the single, Ammon mimed Jeglitza's rap vocals. The follow up single "Hey Now" featured rap vocals from Ammon instead of Jeglitza. Both singles became commercial failures and failed to chart.

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.[14] The song, however, failed to qualify for the grand final. In early 2007, a new Real McCoy song 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 with singers Debbie Butts and Gemma Louise Sampson (Gemma J) for DJ BoBo's "DJ BoBo and Friends" concert in Engelberg, Switzerland.[15][16] Jeglitza has also recorded the track "Two Hearts" with Butts and Sampson, but the track was never released officially.

Real McCoy revival (2016-present)[edit]

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


  • Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) - 1989 - Present
  • Patricia Petersen (Patsy) - 1990 -1995
  • Vanessa Mason - 1994 -1997
  • Lisa Cork - 1996- 1997
  • Karin Kasar - 1993 - 1995 (vocals only), 2016 - Present
  • Georges "Shampro" Mario (M.C. Sar) - 1990 -1992
  • Jason Ammon - 1999
  • Gabriele Koopmans (Gaby) - 1999
  • Ginger Maria Kamphuis (Ginger) - 1999
  • Debbie Butts - 2009
  • Gemma Louise Sampson (Gemma J) - 2009


  • Juergen Wind (J.Wind) - Executive Producer
  • Frank "Quickmix" Hassas - Co-producer
  • Brent Argovitz - co-producer/writer on One More Time album only



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