George McCrae - Rock Your Baby

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  George Warren McCrae, Jr. (born October 19, 1944) is an American soul and disco singer, most famous for his 1974 hit "Rock Your Baby".

McCrae was the second of nine children, born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He formed his own singing group, the Jivin' Jets, before joining the United States Navy in 1963. Four years later, he reformed the group, with his wife Gwen joining the line-up, but soon afterwards they decided to work as a duo, recording for Henry Stone's Alston record label. Gwen then won a solo contract, with George acting as her manager as well as doing some singing on sessions and in clubs in Palm Beach.

He was about to return to college to study law enforcement, when Richard Finch and Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band invited him to sing the lyrics for a song that they had recorded for the band, but could not reach the high notes that were required for the song. The original intention was that Gwen, his wife, should record it, but she was late for the session and George recorded alone. It suited his high-pitched voice to the extent that the song, "Rock Your Baby", became one of the first hits of the disco era in 1974, selling an estimated eleven million copies worldwide, topping the charts in the U.S., UK. The song was so successful that Rolling Stone magazine voted it the #1 song of the year in 1974. McCrae received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocalist the following year. "Rock Your Baby" charted in the U.S. and the UK, U.S. Billboard 200 #58, U.S. R&B #7, and in the UK the album peaked at #13.

Two further single releases, "I Can't Leave You Alone" and "It's Been So Long", taken from his album "Rock Your Baby", also reached the UK Singles Chart Top-10. He recorded several further albums for TK, including "George McCrae" (1975) and "Diamond Touch" (1976), and also continued to record with, and manage, his wife until their divorce in 1976. While he continued to record albums including "We Did It!" and his second self-titled album "George McCrae" (both 1978), his commercial popularity slipped as the decade progressed. He remarried, moved to Canada, and entered a period of semi-retirement, leaving TK at the end of the 1970s.

He returned with the album "One Step Closer to Love" in 1984, the title track from which entered the charts in Britain, Canada and Holland. He moved to the village Munstergeleen in The Netherlands and remarried again in the late 1980s. His later albums found some success in Europe, and he continued to perform regularly there. By the 2000s he shared his time between homes in Florida, Aruba and the Netherlands.



George McCrae - Rock Your Babay

UK Jay Boy JSL 3 stereo (1974).

Album produced by H.W. Casey and Richard Finch.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's laminated cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

For full track listing see Own tab.

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