razzy baileySinger-Songwriter Razzy Bailey was born in Lafayette, AL, and got his first taste of success as a member of the Future Farmers of America String Band.

After graduating from high school, Bailey began playing area clubs and developing his songwriting talents. In 1966, Bailey took his material to Bill Lowery, who arranged a recording session for "9,999,999 Tears." The song failed to hit the charts at that time.

In the early 70s, Dickey Lee recorded the song and it quickly climbed to the top of the country charts. Lee followed the success with another Bailey tune in 1971, "Peanut Butter," which also moved to the top of the charts.

As his songwriting career blossomed, Bailey signed with RCA Records and in 1978 began releasing hit singles on his own. The first hit "What Time Do You have To Be Back In Heaven," remained on the charts for over four months. In early 1979, he followed it with "Tonight She's Gonna Love Me (Like There Was No Tomorrow)," and then "If Love Had A Face" and "I Ain't Got No Business Doin' Business Today."

Continuing into the 80s, Bailey charted a total of nine number one singles including "Loving Up A Storm."

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Name: Rasie Michael “Razzy” Bailey (I changed the spelling so people could pronounce it right.)

Birthdate: February 14th

Most Unusual Job: RC Cola truck driver

Most Influential Person: “My father.  He always taught me to be myself, to be original.”

Earliest ambition: “To be on the Grand Ole Opry.  I can remember when I was four or five years old, I’d pretend I was singing on the stage of the Opry.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t sing.”

Little known fact: Razzy has always named his guitars after his mother, Adella.

Throughout his career, he’s collaborated on tracks and/or in the studio with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Mickey Gilley, Dobie Gray & Billy Joe Royal.

Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t had an opportunity to collaborate with yet? Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton

What are you most proud of? “Every loving moment that I get to share with my wife Faye.”

What artists are you listening to? Bob Dylan, Kid Rock and Randy Newman

If you could do a crossroads show, who would you like to perform alongside? Kid Rock, Greg Allman, Bonnie Raitt or Bob Segar

What artist do you think would have been a smash had their music been released today? Otis Redding

Billboard Chart Success:

Year Album    Chart   Peak

1979 If Love Had a Face   Country Albums  33

1980 Razzy    Country Albums  12

1981 Makin’ Friends   Country Albums  8

1983 Greatest Hits   Country Albums  33

1984 In the Midnight Hour  Top Country Albums 36

1985 Cut From a Different Stone  Top Country Albums 38

Year Single       Chart    Peak

1978 What Time Do You Have to Be Back to Heaven   Country Singles   9

1979 I Ain’t Got No Business Doin’ Business Today   Country Singles   10

1979 If Love Had a Face      Country Singles   6

1979 Tonight She’s Gonna Love Me (Like There was No Tomorrow) Country Singles   6

1980 I Can’t Get Enough of You     Country Singles   5

1980 Loving Up a Storm      Country Singles   1

1980 Too Old To Play Cowboy     Country Singles   13

1981 Anywhere There’s a Jukebox     Country Singles   1

1981 Friends       Country Singles   1

1981 I Keep Coming Back     Country Singles   1

1981 Midnight Hauler      Country Singles   1

1981 Scratch My Back (And Whisper in My Ear)   Country Singles   8

1981 True Life Country Music     Country Singles   1

1982 Everytime You Cross My Mind (You Break My Heart)  Country Singles   10

1982 Love’s Gonna Fall Here Tonight    Country Singles   8

1982 She Left Love All Over Me     Country Singles   1

1983 After the Great Depression     Country Singles   19

1984 In the Midnight Hour     Hot Country Singles & Tracks  63

Source: http://razzybailey.com


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