Gwen McCrae (December 21, 1943, Pensacola, Florida, United States) is an American singer, best known for her 1975 hit "Rockin' Chair".
Gwen was the youngest of five children, She began performing in local clubs as a teenager, and singing with local groups like the Lafayettes and the Independents. In 1963, she met a young sailor named George McCrae who she married within a week.
From 1963, she recorded as a duo with her husband George, and was first to receive a solo recording contract, with Henry Stone's TK Records. George and Gwen were discovered in 1967 by singer Betty Wright, who helped get them signed to Stone's Alston record label.
Signed to TK subsidiary, Cat as a solo artist, she found success on the U.S. R&B Charts with her cover version of Bobby Bland's "Lead Me On" in 1970, followed by "For Your Love". Following husband George’s unexpected solo success with "Rock Your Baby", Gwen went on to have a major hit of her own in March 1975 with "Rockin' Chair", a #1 R&B hit which also reached number 9 in the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up "Love Insurance" also made the R&B chart (#16).
After TK Records collapsed, McCrae moved to New Jersey and signed with Atlantic Records, recording two albums and having another hit with "Funky Sensation" in 1981 (#22 R&B). She continued to record and the success of some of her earlier recordings on the UK's Northern Soul scene maintained her popularity as a live act in Europe. McCrae moved back to Florida, recorded a one-off single for the small Black Jack label in 1984 called "Do You Know What I Mean", and then temporarily retired from the music industry.
Gwen McCrae - Love Insurance / He Keep's Something Groovy Goin' On
UK President PT 444 (1975). Demonstration record.
Record produced by Steve Alaimo.
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
The A side record centre label has a rubber stamp mark and biro mark on it, (see scan).
The B side record centre label is free from tears, stains or stickers.
The record centre hole displays no signs of spindle wear.
The record comes with a generic plain white paper sleeve.