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Razzy Bailey at CMA Music Festival, June 2010
|Birth name||Rasie Michael Bailey|
|Born||February 14, 1939|
|Origin||Huguley, Alabama, United States|
|Labels|| Atlantic |
Rasie Michael Bailey (born February 14, 1939) is an American country music artist, known professionally as Razzy Bailey.
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Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as American folk music and blues.
Bailey was born in Huguley, Alabama and raised on a farm in La Fayette, Alabama. Bailey got his first experience of musical performance as a member of his high school's Future Farmers of America string band. After graduation, he married and had children immediately, and had little time to pursue his career, but he spent many years playing occasional gigs at honkytonks in Georgia and Alabama and developing his songwriting.
Huguley is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Chambers County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 2,540.
Georgia is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Georgia is the 24th largest in area and 8th-most populous of the 50 United States. Georgia is bordered to the north by Tennessee and North Carolina, to the northeast by South Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Florida, and to the west by Alabama. The state's nicknames include the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, a "beta(+)" global city, is both the state's capital and largest city. The Atlanta metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 5,949,951 in 2018, is the 9th most populous metropolitan area in the United States and contains about 60% of the entire state population.
In 1966, Bailey took his material to Bill Lowery at Atlantic Records, who arranged for him to record "9,999,999 Tears" backed by a studio band featuring Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, and Freddy Weller. The song failed to hit the charts at that time, but Bailey was encouraged, forming the pop trio Daily Bread which released a pair of albums on small labels. Another group, The Aquarians, followed in 1972; in 1974, Bailey recorded the album I Hate Hate simply as "Razzy." It sold over half a million copies before being picked up by MGM Records.
Bill Lowery was an American music entrepreneur.
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In the mid 1970s, Dickey Lee recorded "9,999,999 Tears", and it became a country and pop hit in 1976, and in 1977, Lee repeated this with another Bailey tune, "Peanut Butter," which also went into the charts. As his songwriting talents became known, Bailey signed with RCA Records and in 1978 began releasing singles of his own songs. His first hit as a singer-songwriter, "What Time Do You Have To Be Back In Heaven?", was on the charts for over four months. Bailey charted a total of seven No. 1 singles on Billboard's "Country" charts and another eight Top 10 in the late 1970s- early 1980s. His sound combines R&B influences with country; his version of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" was a country hit. His last country No. 1 hit was with "She Left Love All Over Me" in 1982.
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Bailey has had three double sided number 1's in succession on the Country charts, a feat never accomplished by any other artist.
He also operates Razzy's Hit House, his recording studio where he is helping other artist with their projects.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Razzy Bailey among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
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|1974||I Hate Hate||MGM|
|1979||If Love Had a Face||33||RCA|
|A Little More Razz||59|
|1984||The Midnight Hour||36|
|1985||Cut from a Different Stone||38||MCA|
|2009||Damned Good Time||SOA|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1966||"9,999,999 Tears"||—||—||Single only|
|1974||"I Hate Hate" (as Razzy)A||—||—||I Hate Hate|
|1976||"Keepin' Rosie Proud of Me"||99||—||Single only|
|1978||"What Time Do You Have to Be Back to Heaven"||9||20||If Love Had a Face|
|"Tonight She's Gonna Love Me (Like There Was No Tomorrow)"||6||5|
|1979||"If Love Had a Face"||6||33|
|"I Ain't Got No Business Doin' Business Today"||10||18|
|"I Can't Get Enough of You"||5||—||Razzy|
|1980||"Too Old to Play Cowboy"||13||—|
|"Loving Up a Storm"||1||10|
|"I Keep Coming Back" / "True Life Country Music"||1||3|
|1981||"Friends" / "Anywhere There's a Jukebox"||1||9||Makin' Friends|
|"Scratch My Back (And Whisper in My Ear)"B||8||—|
|"She Left Love All Over Me"||1||2||Feelin' Alright|
|1982||"Everytime You Cross My Mind (You Break My Heart)"||10||9|
|"Love's Gonna Fall Here Tonight"||8||11||A Little More Razz|
|1983||"After the Great Depression"||19||23||Greatest Hits|
|"This Is Just the First Day"||62||48|
|1984||"In the Midnight Hour"||14||32||The Midnight Hour|
|"Knock on Wood"||29||—||Cut from a Different Stone|
|1985||"Modern Day Marriages"||51||—|
|"Fightin' Fire with Fire"||78||—||Arrival|
|"Old Blue Yodeler"||48||—|
|1986||"Rockin' in the Parkin' Lot"||63||42|
|1987||"If Love Ever Made a Fool"||69||—||Singles only|
|"Starting All Over Again"||73||—|
|1989||"But You Will"||65||—|
|1991||"Fragile (Handle with Care)"||—||36|
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|1981||"Anywhere There's a Jukebox"|
|"I've Had My Limit (Of Two-Timing Women)"|
|1985||"Old Blue Yodeler"|
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