One of Mickie Mostâ€™s numerous UK successes on the RAK Records label in the 70s, this pop outfit was formed in 1976 from the ashes of the unsuccessful Phoenix Press. The line-up featured Richard Gower (b. 1955, Hackney, London, England; vocals/keyboards), Phil Fursdon (vocals/guitar), Pete Miller (vocals/bass) and Clive Wilson (vocals/drums). After playing extensively round the pub circuits, an early supporter called Steve Matthews brought Racey to the attention of Most in London. He quickly signed them after hearing a demo, and they released their debut â€˜Baby Itâ€™s Youâ€™, written by Chris Norman and Pete Spencer of Smokie, which narrowly missed the charts. However, they got their hit with second single, â€˜Lay Your Love On Meâ€™ (written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn), which rose to number 3 in the UK charts in early 1979. Another Chapman/Chinn composition â€˜Some Girlsâ€™ went one place better in March, but after two more Top 30 hits, including a cover version of Dionâ€™s â€˜Runaround Sueâ€™, the race was over. Lead singer Richard Gower worked as a songwriter for RAK during the 80s before re-forming Racey in the early 90s. This line-up of the band recorded several new songs for 1995â€™s Say Wow! Greatest & Latest. They remain a popular draw on the European nostalgia circuit.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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