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Real McCoy Band
Real McCoy
M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Eurodance, Pop Music, Hip House
1989-1997, 1999, 2006-2009, 2016-present
Labels ZYX Records, Hansa Records, BMG, Arista,Phears Music/SME Records
Members Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay)
Karin Kasar
Patricia Petersen (Patsy)
Lisa Cork
Vanessa Mason
Georges Mario (M.C. Sar)
Jason Ammon
Gabriele Koopmans (Gaby)
Ginger Kamphuis (Ginger)
Gemma Sampson (Gemma J)
Debbie Butts

Real McCoy is a German Eurodance/Pop music project that was internationally successful throughout the '90s with the hit songs "Another Night",[1] "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)", "Run Away,"[2] "Love & Devotion", "Come and Get Your Love", "One More Time" and the hit album Another Night.[3]

Before 1995, Real McCoy was known in Europe as M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy.[4] The music production team responsible for the group's success, Juergen Wind (J. Wind) [5] and Frank Hassas (Quickmix), wrote and produced each of the group's hit singles and hit album between 1993 and 1995 under the team name "Freshline" in Berlin, Germany. During the early stages of the group's European success in 1993, German rapper Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) and American singer Patricia Petersen (Patsy) fronted the act as a rapper-singer duo. By 1994, singer Vanessa Mason had joined the group as the third member of the live act. At the height of the group's worldwide crossover success in 1995, Jeglitza, Petersen and Mason were officially marketed as a trio act under the shortened group name Real McCoy.[6] Many years after the break up of the group, Petersen and Mason were revealed to have not been the real singers of the act. Both women had in fact been miming the vocals of studio singer Karin Kasar for all the group's music videos and live performances between 1993 and 1995.[7]

The final Real McCoy album One More Time was released in 1997. Wind produced the album without Hassas' involvement. After Petersen's departure from the group, singer Lisa Cork was recruited into the act by American songwriter/producer Brent Argovitz. Since Kasar was no longer involved in recording vocals for the album, Cork and Mason sang vocals on the album instead. Jeglitza and Argovitz also worked together as songwriters for the production. The lead single (also titled One More Time) achieved major commercial success in Canada and Australia,[8] but the commercial sales of the album itself worldwide in comparison to Another Night were considered a disappointment. The failure of the album ultimately caused the quick demise of the group's lineup in 1997.

In 1999, an all-new version of the group's 1990 hit "It's On You" and the single "Hey Now" was released with an all-new group lineup. Both singles failed commercially resulting in the production team permanently splitting up. In the years after the breakup, Jeglitza continued to release new independent singles under the name Real McCoy without Wind or Hassas' involvement.

In 2016, Jeglitza officially returned to live-performing as Real McCoy after a long multi-year hiatus. He now performs live with original studio singer Karin Kasar at '90s music festivals worldwide.

1989-1990: Early success in Germany

"It's On You" single (1990)

Real McCoy was originally known in Europe as M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy. The early music releases from the project were strictly hip house style records. German producers Juergen Wind (J. Wind) and Frank Hassas (Quickmix) wrote and produced the music for the act while German rapper Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) provided the rap vocals. The debut single "Pump Up The Jam - Rap" (a cover version of the debut Technotronic hit) was released in 1989. Wind produced and mixed the single with Hassas under their music company Freshline Records while working with ZYX Records to distribute the single in Germany. "Pump Up The Jam - Rap" quickly became a surprise hit upon release in Germany reaching No.16 on the singles charts.[9] The second single "It's On You," also became a top hit in Germany and other European territories in 1990. Singer Patricia Petersen (Patsy) sang the chorus on the single. The growing success of the act motivated ZYX Records to request a music video for "It's On You" as well as a live act. A Frenchman of African descent named Georges "Shampro" Mario was hired to be the frontman and rapper for both the live act and the music video. Mario mimed Jeglitza's rap vocals while being advertised and credited as M.C. Sar. For unknown reasons, Jeglitza remained anonymous during this early stage of the project. Four more singles ("Don't Stop", "Make A Move", "Let's Talk About Love", and "No Showbo") and an album (On The Move!) were later released. Each of these follow-up releases failed commercially in comparison to the first two singles. As a result, Freshline discontinued their relationship with ZYX records early in 1992.

1993-1995: Mainstream success with "Another Night"

"Another Night" single (1993)

In mid-1992, Freshline had formed a new partnership deal with BMG Berlin (Hansa Records) to release new music for M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy. After a deal was finalized, Freshline and BMG Berlin decided to drastically alter the sound and look of the act. The musical style of the project was changed from Hip house to Eurodance and Pop. Petersen was replaced by studio singer Karin Kasar, but remained in the project as a frontwoman. Mario was also permanently removed from project as well. While producing the group's new single "Another Night," with Hassas, Wind worked closely with A&R executive David Brunner and BMG Berlin president Andy Selleneit for over a year to carefully map out a success strategy for the single in Europe. During the final stages of the production for "Another Night," a producer duo known as the Berman Brothers collaborated with Wind when developing remixes for the single. A mix created by the Brothers was later chosen by Wind to be the official single version of the song.

When released in the Summer of 1993, "Another Night" was only a minor hit in Europe and had barely made it into the Top 100 in several European countries. Thanks to the promotional efforts of BMG Canada, the song suddenly hit No.1 in that country and stayed there for several weeks. Jeglitza was then promoted to the role of frontman of the act and a music video was filmed for the single starring Jeglitza and Petersen. As a rapper-singer duo, Jeglitza and Petersen were now marketed as the new revamped M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy. For live performances and music videos, Petersen mimed Kasar's vocals while Jeglitza performed over enhanced playbacks of his own voice.[10] While the commercial success of "Another Night" was on the rise, Wind and Brunner decided to start up a second music project with a new single late in 1993. The new project was called Maxx. Wind and Hassas produced the debut Maxx single "Get-A-Way" under the production name "The Movement" and released the single in October 1993. "Get-A-Way" became a major commercial success in Europe alongside the growing success of "Another Night." In 1994, singer Vanessa Mason was added to the live act for M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy as an additional singer alongside Jeglitza and Petersen due to her having a similar voice to Kasar. The follow-up singles "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)" and "Run Away" and the album Space Invaders were released in Europe in 1994 and became modest successes on the charts.

Another Night album (1995)

After noticing how quickly "Another Night" had reached No.1 in Canada in 1994, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis became interested in bringing M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy to the U.S. market. An official re-release of the Space Invaders album and the singles "Another Night," "Automatic Lover (Call for Love)" and "Run Away" were quickly planned. For marketing reasons, Arista chose to shorten the project name to Real McCoy while also marketing Jeglitza, Petersen and Mason now as a trio act. All new music videos were filmed for the singles in North America starring Jeglitza, Petersen and Mason. The Space Invaders album was also re-titled to Another Night.[11] The cover art and imagery for the Another Night album presented lighter romantic themes in contrast to the dark sci-fi tone of the original version of the album. Several album tracks featured on the Space Invaders album was removed for the new release as well. Four new songs ("Come and Get Your Love," "Ooh Boy," "Sleeping with an Angel" and "If You Should Ever Be Lonely (Deep in the Night)") were recorded with Kasar and Jeglitza in Germany to be featured on the new album. The song "Love & Devotion," an album track on the Space Invaders album, was also selected to be released as a single from the Another Night album. The new songs "Come and Get Your Love," "Ooh Boy," "Sleeping with an Angel"   were also selected to be released as singles from the new album.

Thanks to the distribution power of Arista Records and BMG, Real McCoy quickly became a mainstream commercial success. "Another Night" quickly became No.1 on the dance charts while "Run Away" earned Gold status. The Real McCoy cover version of "Come and Get Your Love" also reached No.1 on U.S. dance charts as well. The massive commercial success of the three singles drove the Another Night album to double Platinum status in the U.S. with over 1.5 million in records sales. While Real McCoy was now on the rise in popularity in 1995, Maxx had begun to make a sharp decline due to the project's struggle to get new hits on the charts in Europe. By the end of 1995, Maxx had permanently disbanded.

1997-1998: Group decline after One More Time album

In 1997, a new Real McCoy album One More Time was released. Wind produced the album alone without Hassas' involvement. American songwriter/producer Brent Argovitz became involved in the production and began working together with Jeglitza as a songwriter on the project. When Petersen departed the group, Agrovitz recruited singer Lisa Cork into the act as a replacement. Unlike the previous album, Kasar did not return to record vocals for One More Time. Cork and Mason instead recorded the singing vocals on the album. Cork, Mason and Jeglitza as the 'new' Real McCoy toured worldwide and starred together in the music video for the lead single from the album (also called "One More Time"). The single peaked at No. 27[12] on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached Platinum status in Australia. It also became a Top 20 hit on both Rhythmic/Dance format radio and on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Despite the success of the single, the One More Time album was unable to duplicate the massive commercial sales of the previous album Another Night. The disappointing commercial sales of the album lead to the quick demise of the act in 1997. In 1998, BMG re-released the original M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy album, Space Invaders, under the title Real McCoy - Love & Devotion in Germany.

1999-2009: Real McCoy continuation and hiatus

In 1999, two new Real McCoy singles were released with an all new lineup. Rapper Jason Ammon and singers Gabriele Koopmans (Gaby) and Ginger Maria Kamphuis (Ginger) were marketed as the 'new' Real McCoy. The first single released with the new lineup was a re-recorded version of "It's On You." The Koopmans and Kamphuis recorded new vocals for the song while Jeglitza recorded rap verses. A music video was filmed for the single in Miami, Florida starring Ammon, Koopmans and Kamphuis with a cameo from Jeglitza. In the video, Ammon mimed Jeglitza's rap vocals. A second single titled "Hey Now" was released the same year featuring rap vocals from Ammon, Koopmans, and Kamphuis. Both singles became commercial failures resulting in the demise of the new lineup.

After a long hiatus, Jeglitza (under the name Real McCoy) collaborated with the Polish band Ich Troje in 2006 to create the song "Follow My Heart." Jeglitza and the band represented Poland at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.[13] The song, however, failed to qualify for the grand final. In early 2007, a new Real McCoy song titled "People are still Having Sex" was released in Germany. The single was a cover of the famous La Tour single of the same name.

In August 2009, Jeglitza performed as Real McCoy with singers Debbie Butts and Gemma Louise Sampson (Gemma J) for DJ BoBo's "DJ BoBo and Friends" concert in Engelberg, Switzerland.[14][15] Jeglitza also recorded the track "Two Hearts" with Butts and Sampson, but the track was never released officially.

2016-present: Real McCoy revival

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


  • Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) - 1989 - Present
  • Patricia Petersen (Patsy) - 1990 -1995
  • Vanessa Mason - 1994 -1997
  • Lisa Cork - 1996- 1997
  • Karin Kasar - 1993 - 1995 (vocals only), 2016 - Present
  • Georges "Shampro" Mario (M.C. Sar) - 1990 -1992
  • Jason Ammon - 1999
  • Gabriele Koopmans (Gaby) - 1999
  • Ginger Kamphuis (Ginger) - 1999
  • Debbie Butts - 2009
  • Gemma Sampson (Gemma J) - 2009


  • Juergen Wind (J.Wind) - Executive Producer
  • Frank "Quickmix" Hassas - Co-producer
  • Brent Argovitz - co-producer/writer on One More Time album only



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER[16] AUS[17] CAN[18] NZ[19] UK[20][21] 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
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.


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)


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"[34] -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 "Two Hearts" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ " Biography on Real McCoy". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Billboard Magazine Mar 18, 1995". Billboard Megazine. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Billboard Magazine May 13, 1995". Billboard Megazine. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Real McCoy Discogs Profile". Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Juergen Wind Discogs Profile7". discogs. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ " Profile on Real McCoy". Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Karin Kasar Discogs Profile". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Billboard Magazine,Page 9 April 5, 1997". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Chart progression of the single "Pump Up The Jam - Rap": in Germany provided by
  10. ^ "An Interview with Real McCoy singer Lisa Cork-Twiss". Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "MTV Bio on Real McCoy". Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Chart Listing of the single "One More Time" for the week of Jul 19, 1997
  13. ^ Billboard Article May 18, 2006
  14. ^ Facebook event invite by DJ Bobo
  15. ^ Pictures of Real McCoy at DJ BoBo and Friends concert - August 1, 2009
  16. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  17. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  18. ^ a b c
  19. ^ a b " > Real McCoy in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013. 
  20. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  21. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 452. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  22. ^ "1995 ARIA Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2018. 
  23. ^ Music Canada: Certifications
  24. ^
  25. ^ a b c d e International peak positions
  26. ^ Search for Ireland peak position
  27. ^ Billboard Hot 100 peaks
  28. ^ Chart Listing of the Real McCoy singles on USA Billboard Charts
  29. ^ French certifications + sales See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "MC SAR & REAL McCoy" (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  30. ^ "1995 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2018. 
  31. ^ UK certification
  32. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2018. 
  33. ^ Australian certification
  34. ^ 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
(with Ich Troje)
Succeeded by
The Jet Set
with "Time To Party"

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