Razzy Bailey

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Razzy Bailey
Razzy Bailey at CMA Music Festival, June 2010
Background information
Birth nameRasie Michael Bailey [1]
Born (1939-02-14) February 14, 1939 (age 80)
Origin Huguley, Alabama, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, musician
Years active1966-present
Labels Atlantic
Spectra Records
Website http://www.razzybaileymusic.com/

Rasie Michael Bailey (born February 14, 1939) is an American country music artist, known professionally as Razzy Bailey.

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Early life

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, Alabama Census-designated place in Alabama, United States

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 (U.S. state) U.S. state in the United States

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.

Early releases

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.

Atlantic Records American record label

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Billy Joe Royal American singer

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Career at RCA

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.

Dickey Lee American musician

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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. [2]

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YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US Country US
1974I Hate HateMGM
1979If Love Had a Face33RCA
1981Makin' Friends8183
1982Feelin' Alright10176
A Little More Razz59
1983Greatest Hits33
1984The Midnight Hour36
1985Cut from a Different Stone38MCA
2009Damned Good TimeSOA


YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country CAN Country
1966"9,999,999 Tears"Single only
1974"I Hate Hate" (as Razzy)AI Hate Hate
1976"Keepin' Rosie Proud of Me"99Single only
1978"What Time Do You Have to Be Back to Heaven"920If Love Had a Face
"Tonight She's Gonna Love Me (Like There Was No Tomorrow)"65
1979"If Love Had a Face"633
"I Ain't Got No Business Doin' Business Today"1018
"I Can't Get Enough of You"5Razzy
1980"Too Old to Play Cowboy"13
"Loving Up a Storm"110
"I Keep Coming Back" / "True Life Country Music"13
1981"Friends" / "Anywhere There's a Jukebox"19Makin' Friends
"Midnight Hauler"11
"Scratch My Back (And Whisper in My Ear)"B8
"She Left Love All Over Me"12Feelin' Alright
1982"Everytime You Cross My Mind (You Break My Heart)"109
"Love's Gonna Fall Here Tonight"811A Little More Razz
"Poor Boy"30
1983"After the Great Depression"1923Greatest Hits
"This Is Just the First Day"6248
1984"In the Midnight Hour"1432The Midnight Hour
"Knock on Wood"29Cut from a Different Stone
"Touchy Situation"43
1985"Modern Day Marriages"51
"Fightin' Fire with Fire"78Arrival
"Old Blue Yodeler"48
1986"Rockin' in the Parkin' Lot"6342
1987"If Love Ever Made a Fool"69Singles only
1988"Unattended Fire"58
"Starting All Over Again"73
1989"But You Will"65
1991"Fragile (Handle with Care)"36
<i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 Song chart in U.S

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<i>RPM</i> (magazine) Canadian music industry publication

RPM was a Canadian music industry publication that featured song and album charts for Canada. The publication was founded by Walt Grealis in February 1964, supported through its existence by record label owner Stan Klees. RPM ceased publication in November 2000.

Music videos

1981"Anywhere There's a Jukebox"
"Midnight Hauler"
"I've Had My Limit (Of Two-Timing Women)"
1982"Night Life"
1985"Old Blue Yodeler"

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  1. http://razzybailey.com/site/?page_id=10
  2. Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.