Razzy Bailey

Razzy Bailey
Razzy Bailey at CMA Music Festival, June 2010
Razzy Bailey at CMA Music Festival, June 2010
Background information
Birth name Rasie Michael Bailey[1]
Born (1939-02-14) February 14, 1939 (age 81)
Origin Huguley, Alabama, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, musician
Years active 1966–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.

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.

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.

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.

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]



Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1974 I Hate Hate MGM
1979 If Love Had a Face 33 RCA
1980 Razzy 12
1981 Makin' Friends 8 183
1982 Feelin' Alright 10 176
A Little More Razz 59
1983 Greatest Hits 33
1984 The Midnight Hour 36
1985 Cut from a Different Stone 38 MCA
1986 Arrival
2009 Damned Good Time SOA


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1966 "9,999,999 Tears" β€” β€” Single only
1974 "I Hate Hate" (as Razzy)A β€” β€” I Hate Hate
1976 "Keepin' Rosie Proud of Me" 99 β€” 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 β€” Razzy
1980 "Too Old to Play Cowboy" 13 β€”
"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
"Midnight Hauler" 1 1
"Scratch My Back (And Whisper in My Ear)"B 8 β€”
"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
"Poor Boy" 30 β€”
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 β€” Cut from a Different Stone
"Touchy Situation" 43 β€”
1985 "Modern Day Marriages" 51 β€”
"Fightin' Fire with Fire" 78 β€” Arrival
"Old Blue Yodeler" 48 β€”
1986 "Rockin' in the Parkin' Lot" 63 42
1987 "If Love Ever Made a Fool" 69 β€” Singles only
1988 "Unattended Fire" 58 β€”
"Starting All Over Again" 73 β€”
1989 "But You Will" 65 β€”
1991 "Fragile (Handle with Care)" β€” 36
  • A"I Hate Hate" peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 50 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.
  • BB-side to "Midnight Hauler."

Music videos

Year Video
1980 "Friends"
1981 "Anywhere There's a Jukebox"
"Midnight Hauler"
"I've Had My Limit (Of Two-Timing Women)"
1982 "Night Life"
1985 "Old Blue Yodeler"


  1. ^ [1]
  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.

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