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"Rock Your Baby" was one of the first big hits from TK Records.
"Rock Your Baby" was one of the first big hits from TK Records.
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Record single by George McCrae: "Rock Your Baby" (1974)

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Here’s why this song should be in your collection!

The music that came roaring out of Miami during the 1970’s is typically regarded as disco. Whatever it was, “Rock Your Baby,” the title track from the debut album by George McCrae, led the charge.

By the Seventies, the USA’s major centers for R&B and Soul music had shifted geographically. New York and Philadelphia continued to thrive. But Detroit (Motown) moved west, Chicago and Memphis returned to classic blues, and New Orleans became more locally focused. (During the Eighties, Minneapolis emerged as a dominant center for R&B.)

The TK Records brand of disco emphasized guitars and synthesized keyboards rather than strings. Such R&B artists as Betty Wright, Benny Latimore, and Timmy Thomas joined Peter Brown, Foxy, Anita Ward, T-Connection, and Bobby Caldwell. KC and The Sunshine Band was the label’s flagship act. Co-founders Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch composed “Rock Your Baby.”

“Rock Your Baby” soared to #1 on USA charts and sold 11 million copies. The album’s other popular tracks were “I Get Lifted” and “I Can’t Leave You Alone.” In 1975, Gwen McCrae scored an answer with the hit, “Rocking Chair.”

This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Rock Your Baby” began as an extended instrumental track; McCrae’s vocals were added later. In contrast, hit instrumental songs like “The Horse” and “Soulful Strut” began as songs with vocal versions.