Saturday, August 08, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-George McCrae
Song:Rock Your Baby
Album:The Best Of George McCrae: Rock Your Baby
Rock Your Baby was a number one hit in 1974 for George McCrae. And though I don't think it's a disco song, it helped usher in the disco era and the prominence of TK Records in Florida. He was born Oct. 19, 1944 in West Palm Beach, FL. McCrae had his own group The Jivin' Jets before beginning a four year stint in the US Navy in 1963. After his discharge, he reformed the group with his wife Gwen McCrae and managed her when she got a contract with Alston Records. McCrae continued to sing in clubs and was about to return to school to study law enforcement when Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band asked him to sing some high parts on a song they were planning for Gwen. When she was late for the session, McCrae sang the lead and Casey & Finch liked it so much that they decided to realease Rock Your Baby as is. Gwen would have her own hit with Rockin' Chair in 1975. Rock Your Baby was a monster hit and was number one on the R & B and pop charts and helped launch Casey and TK Records into the bigtime. McCrae had some more lesser hits but was never able to duplicate the success of Rock Your Baby. He divorced Gwen in 1976. George McCrae still tours today and records occasionally but he describes himself as semi-retired on his website. This comp has the full six minute version of Rock Your Baby. A lot of various artists comps have the edited version. Beware! Here's George McCrae performing Rock Your Baby on Top Of The Pops 1974.