Gwen McCrae

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 December 1943, Pensacola, Florida, USA. The wife of George McCrae, Gwen made her mark in the mid-70s with a delightful series of southern-style soul numbers produced by Steve Alaimo and Clarence Reid for Henry Stone’s Miami-based TK operation. She first found success with a remarkable remake of the old Bobby Bland gospel blues, ‘Lead Me On’ (R&B number 32, 1970). The record was recorded for TK Records, but leased to Columbia Records. The following year, now on TK’s subsidiary label Cat, she followed with an equally remarkable remake of the Ed Townsend oldie, ‘For Your Love’ (R&B number 17). McCrae had her only pop hit with ‘Rockin’ Chair’ in 1975, when the number 1 R&B hit crossed over to reach the US Top 10. ‘Love Insurance’ (R&B number 16) was a respectable follow-up in 1975.

TK collapsed in 1980, and McCrae moved to New Jersey, and while there signed with Atlantic...

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