Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
George McCrae is a phenomenon, the “King,” and the “Acknowledged Leader” of the soul revolution! George McCrae’s talents go much deeper than a flash in the pan-one time super star, his unique style, his universal appeal and his devotion to perfection have placed him in the position of continuing popularity in more then 82 countries for nearly three decade. Talent has taken this popular performer on International Performance Venues – three world tours with critics raving at every performance and audiences screaming for more.
Since his smash hit “Rock Your Baby” rocketed him to fame in 1974, George has set the music world on fire with hit after hit. Two platinum singles, two platinum LP’s and fourteen gold records. Top music awards from all over the globe have attested to this amazing vocalist’s popularity and talent.
George McCrae, the innovator, spearheaded the whole “Miami Sound” which became the nation’s disco taste and the record that set the standard for every other pop recording artist to follow was “Rock Your Baby.” Certainly the record of 1974 around the world, that one song sold in excess of 52 million copies making it one of the biggest selling pop records in history. Voted the “No. 1 Single of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine, Record World, British’s Cash Box and the Dutch Music Poll. “Rock Your Baby” remained a number one hit on the charts in more than 82 countries for months.
George received the coveted “Luxembourg Golden Lion Award for outstanding Achievement by a Foreign Artist in Germany,” (Frank Sinatra is the only other U.S.A. Recipient of this award). George was a 1974 nominee for the Best Male R & B Vocalist at the prestigious National Academy of Recording Arts and Science.
The power of a super hit record to create international stardom for a new artist has never been more clearly evident than in the case of George McCrae.
Born the second oldest of nine children on October 19, 1944 in West Palm Beach, Florida and the son of a retired policeman, George McCrae had his first singing experience in church at the age of six. As a teenager he sang with the Roosevelt High School Glee Club and eventually formed his own group, the Jivin’ Jets, before joining the U.S. Navy in 1963. Back on civilian street, four years later, George sang in clubs and lounges around Florida and after seven years of modest musical success and a couple of records, enrolled in college to study law enforcement. But music was still on his mind and he decided to record “Rock Your Baby” as one last shot. It hit the charts like a tidal wave.
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