Real McCoy (band)
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Real McCoy Band
Real McCoy
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Eurodance[1]
1988-2000, 2006-2009, 2016-present
Labels Phears Music/SME Records
Arista/BMG Records
Website www.realmccoy.de
Members Olaf Jeglitza
Karin Kasar
Patricia Petersen
Lisa Cork
Vanessa Mason
Shampro

Real McCoy (originally known as MC Sar & The Real McCoy) is a German eurodance act that enjoyed worldwide popularity and success in the 1990s with their hit single "Another Night." The single became a Top-40 hit in multiple countries[2] and later grew to become one of the best-selling singles ever by a German dance music act in U.S. history.[3] Real McCoy is also famous for other major hits like "Run Away", "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)", "Love & Devotion", and a popular cover version of "Come and Get Your Love." During their long run, however, the act itself went through many noticeable changes in its lineup. Real McCoy also became known for sometimes being a lip-syncing act, due to the fact that the actual singing talent behind the act was not always credited or featured in the group's live shows, music videos or cover art for the group's music releases.[4]

Group Origins (1988)

Real McCoy was originally known in Europe as "MC Sar & The Real McCoy" and consisted of rapper Olaf "O-Jay" Jeglitza and an unknown session singer. Their first major breakthrough came in 1988 when their cover of the Technotronic hit "Pump Up The Jam" called "Pump The Jam - Rap" became an unexpected No.16[5] hit in Germany. For their second single, "It's On You," singer Patricia Petersen was recruited into the act to provide singing vocals. She also starred in the music video for the single. Because Jeglitza was disinterested in being the face of the group, a Frenchman of African-descent named of Shampro was recruited into the act to lip-sync his rap vocals for live shows and for the music video.[6] Three more singles ("Don't Stop", "Make A Move", "Let's Talk About Love", and "No Showbo") and an album called "Make A Move" were later released. Unfortunately, all of these releases failed to achieve the same commercial success of the group's first two hit singles.

Mainstream Success (1992-1996)

In 1992, MC Sar & The Real McCoy went through many noticeable changes. While developing the the new single "Another Night," the producer behind act was dissatisfied with the quality of Petersen's vocals for the single and decided to hire studio singer Karan Kasar to record vocals for the single. After the track was finished, a decision was made to keep Petersen in the act as a front woman and to have her lip-sync Kasar's vocals for live performances and music videos. For the new single, Jeglitza stepped up to now perform his own rap vocals for live shows and music videos while also being the face of the act alongside Petersen. As a rapper-singer duo act, Petersen and Jeglitza toured worldwide and performing the single.[7] In 1994, the second album from act "Space Invaders" was released. The album featured all the group's hit singles ("Another Night," "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)," "Run Away") and several new tracks. The album became a massive commercial success in Europe. American music executive, Clive Davis of Arista Records, took notice of the commercial success of the act and expressed interest in bringing the act to the American market in a similar fashion that he had done with Ace of Base.[7] A re-release of the 'Space In Invaders' album was planned. For marketing reasons Arista decided to drop "MC Sar" from their group name. Under the new group name "Real McCoy," new songs were recorded for the re-release in America. All female vocals for the newer tracks were still recorded with Kasar. Arista also re-titled the "Space Invaders" album and named the album after the group's hit single "Another Night." During the promotion in America for the re-release, singer Vanessa Mason was added to the act thus making Real McCoy now into a trio act. Mason was added due to the fact that she had similar vocals to Kasar thus making the live performances for the act more credible. Up until then, Petersen and Jeglitza had always lip-synched during live performances.[8]

"One More Time" Album (1997)

In 1997, a new album titled One More Time was released. Petersen was replaced by singer Lisa Cork while Mason still remained in the act. Unlike the previous album, Cork and Mason were allowed to perform their own vocals for the album tracks and singles. The lead single from the album peaked at No. 27[9] on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also became a Top 20 hit on both Rhythmic/Dance format radio and on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. However, "One More Time" did not chart in the UK. The album was unfortunately unable to duplicate the massive commercial success of the previous album and ultimately became a commercial failure.

Real McCoy (1999-2009)

In 1999, a new version of the act's 1990 hit "It's on You" was released featuring new updated rap vocals from Jeglitza. The single was released only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2000, a new track titled "Hey Now" was released without vocals from Jeglitza. Both singles failed to chart.

In 2006, Jeglitza (under the name Real McCoy) collaborated with the Polish band Ich Troje to represent Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006.[10] The song, "Follow My Heart", failed to qualify for the grand final. In early 2007, a new single "People Are Still Having Sex",[11] a cover of LaTour's 1991 hit was released.

In August 2009, Jeglitza performed as Real McCoy in Engelberg, Switzerland (DJ BoBo and Friends concert).[12][13]

Real McCoy Reboot (2016)

In 2016, Jeglitza reunited with the original studio singer Karin Kasar to reform Real McCoy. As a live duo act, Jeglitza and Kasar perform as Real McCoy worldwide at '90's festivals.

Group Members

  • Olaf "O-Jay" Jeglitza
  • Karin Kasar
  • Shampro
  • Patricia Petersen
  • Yvonne "Sunday" Parker
  • Robert Kirby
  • Vanessa Mason
  • Lisa Cork
  • Gabriele "Geby" Koopmans
  • Ginger Maria Kamphuis
  • Jason Ammon
  • Gemma Sampson

Producers

Discography

Albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER[14] AUS[15] CAN[16] NZ[17] UK[18][19] US
1990 On the Move!
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Galaxis
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
-- -- -- -- -- --
1994 Space Invaders
  • Released: August 24, 1994
  • Label: Hansa Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
  • Re released in 1998 under the name "Love And Devotion"
65 -- -- -- -- --
1995 Another Night -- 6 20 1 6 13
1997 One More Time
  • Released: March 25, 1997
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
-- 78 55 -- -- 79
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
GER
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[23]
CAN
[16]
CAN
Dance

[16]
FRA
[23]
IRL
[24]
NED
[23]
NZ
[17]
SUI
[23]
SWE
[23]
UK
[18]
US
[25]
US
Dance

[26]
1989 "Pump Up the Jam" 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 -- -- -- -- -- -- On the Move!
1990 "It's on You" 11 -- 4 -- -- 8 -- 3 -- 8 -- -- -- --
"Don't Stop" 41 -- -- -- -- 19 -- 18 -- -- -- -- -- --
1991 "Make a Move" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 29 -- -- -- -- Singles only
1992 "Let's Talk About Love" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"No Showbo" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1993 "Another Night" 18 1 30 55 1 20 6 13 16 42 22 2 3 1 Another Night
1994 "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)" 20 18 -- -- 9 38 -- -- 44 32 19 58 52 3
"Run Away" 22 4 24 33 10 -- 5 38 6 25 11 6 3 3
1995 "Love & Devotion" 37 7 16 -- -- -- 16 26 28 -- 16 11 -- --
"Come and Get Your Love" 53 18 -- 42 4 -- 22 37 8 -- -- 19 19 1
"Sleeping with an Angel/Ooh Boy" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 101 19
1997 "One More Time" 85 3 -- 8 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 81 27 14 One More Time
"I Wanna Come (With You)" -- 82 -- -- 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 105 --
"(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 102 --
1998 "Pump Up the Jam '98" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Singles only
1999 "It's on You '99" -- -- -- -- 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000 "Hey Now" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 "Follow My Heart" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 "People Are Still Having Sex"[32] -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 "Two Hearts" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

See also

References

  1. ^ Balls, David (15 June 2009). "Whatever happened to... The Real McCoy?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "An Interview with Real McCoy rapper Olaf Jeglitza". digitalspy.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Allmusic.com Biography on Real McCoy". Allmusic.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Billboard.com Biography on Real McCoy". Billboard.com. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Chart progression of the single "Pump Up The Jam - Rap": in Germany provided by musicline.de
  6. ^ "Eurokdj.com Biography on Real McCoy". Eurokdj.com. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ a b "An Interview with Real McCoy singer Lisa Cork-Twiss". poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "MTV Bio on Real McCoy". MTV.com. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Chart Listing of the single "One More Time" for the week of Jul 19, 1997
  10. ^ Billboard Article May 18, 2006
  11. ^ Real McCoy "People Are Still Having Sex" CD-single
  12. ^ Facebook event invite by DJ Bobo
  13. ^ Pictures of Real McCoy at DJ BoBo and Friends concert - August 1, 2009
  14. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  15. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  16. ^ a b c http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=p7j5erbb6tjvfp6a8kmmotb5f6&q1=real+mccoy&q2=&interval=20
  17. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Real McCoy in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013. 
  18. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  19. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 452. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  20. ^ "1995 ARIA Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2018. 
  21. ^ Music Canada: Certifications
  22. ^ https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=&ti=another+night&lab=&genre=&format=&date_option=release&from=&to=&award=&type=&category=&adv=SEARCH#search_section
  23. ^ a b c d e Lescharts.com International peak positions
  24. ^ Search for Ireland peak position
  25. ^ Billboard Hot 100 peaks
  26. ^ Chart Listing of the Real McCoy singles on USA Billboard Charts
  27. ^ French certifications + sales See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "MC SAR & REAL McCoy" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  28. ^ "1995 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2018. 
  29. ^ UK certification
  30. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2018. 
  31. ^ Australian certification
  32. ^ Registration of "People are still having sex" (Real McCoy) in the catalog of the national German Music Archive

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ivan & Delfin
with "Czarna dziewczyna"
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2006
(with Ich Troje)
Succeeded by
The Jet Set
with "Time To Party"

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