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Racey was a British pop group, formed in 1976 in Weston-super-Mare, by singer Phil Fursdon and Clive Wilson. The group was formerly known as Alive ‘n’ Rockin
Racey scored a series of hit singles in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand including “Lay Your Love on Me” and “Some Girls”. Their Smash and Grab album sold about 500,000 copies worldwide.
The band’s hits were written and produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. Another Chinn-Chapman song, “Kitty”, was reworked and released by Toni Basil as “Mickey” in 1981; it reached Number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in early 1982.
Racey’s first single, “Baby It’s You”, was penned by Smokie members Chris Norman and Pete Spencer. Their second single, “Lay Your Love on Me”, was the group’s first hit single, peaking at No.3 in late 1978/early 1979. The third single, “Some Girls”, was written for Blondie, for whom Mike Chapman also produced, but was instead given to Racey as a follow-up to “Lay Your Love on Me”.
Racey parted company with Chinn and Chapman after Smash And Grab, and the band split in 1985. Since then two separate groups named Racey exist, one featuring Richard Gower, and the other originally featuring Clive Wilson, Phil Fursdon and Pete Miller, the original bass player of Racey. Miller died of cancer on 6 May 2003.
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