Rock Your Baby

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"Rock Your Baby"
Rock Your Baby.jpg
Single by George McCrae
from the album Rock Your Baby
B-side"Rock Your Baby (Part 2)"
ReleasedJune 1974
Recorded1973
GenreDisco, Memphis soul
Length3:14 (7" version)
6:24 (album version)
LabelTK Records, Jay Boy (UK)[1]
Songwriter(s)Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
Producer(s)Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
George McCrae singles chronology
"Rock Your Baby"
(1974)
"I Can't Leave You Alone"
(1974)

"Rock Your Baby" is the debut single by George McCrae. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band, "Rock Your Baby" was one of the landmark recordings of early disco music. A massive international hit, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States, spending two weeks at the top in July 1974, number one on the R&B singles chart,[2] and repeating the feat on the UK Singles Chart, spending three weeks at the top of the chart in July 1974.[3][4] Having sold 11 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 40 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide.[5][6]

The backing track for the record was recorded in 45 minutes as a demo and featured guitarist Jerome Smith of KC and the Sunshine Band, with Casey on keyboards and Finch on bass and drums.[7] It was also one of the first records to use a drum machine,[8] an early Roland rhythm machine.[9] The track was not originally intended for McCrae but he happened to be in the studio, added a vocal and the resulting combination of infectious rhythm and falsetto vocals made it a hit. Music critic Robert Christgau has described the song as "irresistibly Memphis-cum-disco-with-a-hook".[10]

The chord progression of John Lennon's number-one single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night", released a few months later, bears a great resemblance to the one found in "Rock Your Baby".[citation needed] Lennon later admitted to using the song as an inspiration.[11] ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have also cited the song as an inspiration for the backing track of their 1976 smash hit "Dancing Queen". The song was covered by indie rock band The House of Love for the 1992 compilation album Ruby Trax.[12] In the same year, the British dance group KWS' cover of "Rock Your Baby" reached number eight in the UK Singles Chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Answer song[edit]

George's wife, Gwen McCrae, recorded an answer song to "Rock Your Baby", released just less than a year later. "Rockin' Chair" reached number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1975. "Rockin' Chair' also reached number one R&B. George provided backing vocals on the song.

Rock Your Baby (Frankfurt Mix)[edit]

"Rock Your Baby (Frankfurt Mix)"
Single by George McCrae
from the album I Feel Love for You
ReleasedJanuary 1, 1987
Recorded1986
GenreDisco, Dance, Synth-pop
Length5:25
LabelAriola Records
Songwriter(s)Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
Producer(s)Siegfried Ipach, Mane Bock
George McCrae singles chronology
"Let's Dance / Never Forgot Your Eyes"
(1985)
"Rock Your Baby (Frankfurt Mix)"
(1987)
"That's Love"
(1987)

In 1987, a remix version was released, which was mixed by Paul Hardcastle. Compared to the original, this remix is adapted to the 1980s.[citation needed] This version is also included in the compilation Super Power Hit Sensation.

Track listing[edit]

12" Maxi

  1. Rock Your Baby [Frankfurt Mix] - 5:25
  2. Ooh Baby - 3:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 92
German Singles Chart[35] 42

KWS version[edit]

"Rock Your Baby"
Single by KWS
from the album KWS
ReleasedAugust 22, 1992
GenreDance, house
LabelNetwork Records
Songwriter(s)Harry Wayne Casey / Richard Finch
Producer(s)Chris King, Winnie Williams, Mark Gamble
KWS singles chronology
"Please Don't Go"
(1992)
"Rock Your Baby"
(1992)
"Hold Back the Night"
(1992)

In 1992, KWS released their version of the song that appeared on the album KWS. In English-speaking countries, their version was successful.

Track listing[edit]

CD Maxi

  1. Rock Your Baby (Boogaloo Investigator Mix) - 3:29
  2. Rock Your Baby (Thumb A Ride Mix) - 5:19
  3. A Different Man (Bubblegum Breakthrough Mix) - 3:42
  4. Game Boy (Rhythmatic Remix) - 5:37

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[36] 8
Irish Singles Chart 6
Australian Singles Chart[37] 38
New Zealand Singles Chart[38] 32

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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