George McCrae’s “Rock Your Baby:” “A Rhythm-and-Blues Tune With A Bump-Dance Beat” (Miami Herald 1974)

Way back in Miami in 1974, George McCrae’s “Rock Your Baby” wasn’t disco. It was a hot R&B soul track you could dance to, and it had just become a national hit. Miami Herald entertainment editor John Huddy described it as having “a bump-dance beat.” Then he proceeded to say, “Talk of a Miami Sound may still be premature, but then how much better can you do than produce the country’s best-selling recording?”

Well, forty three years later, we’re here to let you know, the votes are in, the verdict is out, and everything Huddy said is absolutely right. The Miami Sound is real, it did come out of Henry Stone’s TK Records Hialeah compound, it is bass heavy, dancefloor ready, soulified rhythm & blues, and people all over the world still love it.

Check out this great article from a 1974 issue of the Miami Herald.

Author: John Huddy Sr.
Title: Miamian’s Record Hits Top Of Charts
Summary: “The Miami record industry, which is not all talk and one unending flim-flam game, can now boast of the nation’s number one record, according to several national magazine surveys. George McCrae, a former hotel porter turned rock singer who’s played all over South Florida in one night stands and low-paying discotheque jobs, is the singer of “Rock Your Baby,” a rhythm-and-blues tune with the new bump-dance beat. Cashbox ranks the song number one nationally and Record World savs the record is the hottest selling soul tune in the nation. The song was recorded earlier this year at a small private studio in Hialeah operated by Tone Distributors, a huge record distribution firm owned by Henry Stone and Milt Oshins.

 

Read the full PDF (click below):

MIAMI HERALD – John Huddy – Miamians Record Hits Top of Charts 1974

 

 

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