One of the classics of disco was born in 1974 thanks to another band: Rock Your Baby by George McCrae.
Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band, the song was not originally intended for McCrae, but the duo wanted a falsetto on the track.
McCrae’s wife was going to be the vocalist, but since she was late, and McCrae could sing falsetto, he recorded the song.
Recorded in 45 minutes, Casey and Finch asked KC and the Sunshine Band guitarist Jerome Smith to play on the song, which was one of the first songs to showcase a drum machine.
The single was released in Spring 1974 on TK Records and became of the first disco hits, hitting number one in July 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rock Your Baby became a hit in many countries, hitting number one in Canada, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands.
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the number one song of the year for 1974, in 1975 McCrae was nominated as the Male R&B Vocalist of the Year at The Grammys.
Selling over 11 million copies, Rock Your Baby became one of the classics of disco, featured on many compilations and playlists, and yet the only hit by McCrae.