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REAL McCOY Megamix 2018 by DJ Crayfish

Written by on 21 noiembrie 2018

Real McCoy is a German Eurodance and Pop music project that was internationally successful throughout the 1990s with the hit singles “Another Night”, “Automatic Lover (Call for Love)”, “Run Away”, “Love & Devotion,” “Come and Get Your Love”, “One More Time” and the multi-platinum album Another Night.


The Real McCoy project (originally known in Europe as M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy) was the result of the successful collaboration between music producer Juergen Wind (J. Wind), music producer Frank Hassas (Quickmix), and rapper Olaf Jeglitza (O-Jay) under their music production company Freshline Records. Wind and Hassas wrote and produced the project’s main hits between 1990 and 1994. Traditionally, Jeglitza was given additional producer credits alongside Wind and Hassas as J. Wind, Quickmix & O. Jeglitza for Freshline. In reality, Jeglitza only had a songwriting role on the team and strictly provided the rap vocals for all the song productions. In 1993, he became the frontman of the projec.




The first single from the project was a cover version of the hit “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic featuring new rap verses from Jeglitza. The single was released in 1989 and distributed by ZYX Records in Germany where it reached No. 16 on the singles charts. Following the unexpected success of the single, Wind took over the management of Freshline Records and became the leading producer and composer behind the project. The follow-up releases were Hip House style records. “It’s On You” debuted in 1990 and became a top hit in Germany and a success in other European territories. The single was particularly successful in France where it had earned silver status for selling 200,000 units. The growing success of the two singles motivated ZYX Records to request a live act and a music video for “It’s On You.” A Frenchman of African descent named George Shampro Mario was hired to be M.C. Sar and to act as the frontman and rapper. Unbeknownst to the public, he was really a lip-sync artist who was miming the rap vocals of Jeglitza for the live performances and the music video. During this early stage of the project, Jeglitza remained completely anonymous. Singer Patricia Petersen (Patsy) sang the choruses on the single and fronted the project with Mario. 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 in 1992.
In late-1992, Freshline Records had formed a new partnership deal with Hansa Records (BMG Berlin) to release new music for the project. After a deal was finalized, Wind immediately began planning out a success strategy for the project with Hansa’s A&R executive David Brunner and BMG President Andy Selleneit. The three then made a creative decision to change the musical style of the project from Hip House to Eurodance and Pop. Wind and Hassas wrote and produced the new single “Another Night” while Jeglitza wrote his rap verses. A producer duo known as the Berman Brothers (siblings Frank and Christian Berman) recommended to Wind their session singer Karin Kasar for the singing choruses. After hearing a demo of her voice, Wind selected her for the role. In exchange for her participation in the project, the brothers made a deal with Wind to be listed as producers with Freshline as Freshline & The Berman Brothers. They also made a deal with Wind to make the remixes for the single. A mix created by the brothers was selected to be the official single version of the song. Petersen remained the front woman and mimed Kasar’s vocals for live performances and music videos. Wind and Brunner then decided to remove Mario from the project and promoted Jeglitza to the frontman/rapper role. Brunner organized the marketing, promotion, distribution, sales strategies for the single and was credited as Executive Producer under the alias “D.N.B.”

When released in the Summer of 1993, “Another Night” was only a minor hit in Europe reaching No.18 in Germany and barely making the Top 100 in several other countries. Shortly after the release of the single, Wind and Hassas produced the Maxx hit “Get-A-Way.” Brunner distributed the single through Blow Up, the Dance Pop sub-label of Intercord. When released in October 1993, the single became a major commercial success in Europe alongside the growing success of “Another Night.”

By mid-1994, M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy had begun to achieve notable success on the charts alongside the massive success of the Maxx hits: “Get-A-Way” and No More (I Can’t Stand It).” Thanks to the promotional efforts of BMG Canada, “Another Night” had suddenly hit No.1 on the Canadian dance/urban chart in March 1994 and had remained on the chart for several weeks. The follow-up singles “Automatic Lover (Call for Love)” and “Run Away” and the album Space Invaders were then released in Europe.
After noticing how quickly “Another Night” had reached No.1 on the Canadian dance/urban chart, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis became interested in bringing M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy to the U.S. market. Davis had previously had success making the Swedish Pop group Ace of Base a hit the U.S. and sought to do the same with M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy.
After deal was finalized between Arista and BMG, the project name was shortened to Real McCoy and “Another Night” was released in the U.S. in the Summer of 1994. The single had peaked at No.3 in the U.S. by November 1994 and had quickly reached Platinum status. The follow-up single release of “Run Away” was also a successful hit in the U.S. reaching Gold status. Thanks to the success of the two hits, an all new U.S. release of the Space Invaders album was quickly planned for 1995. The project was officially re-branded as a trio act featuring Jeglitza, Petersen and newcomer Vanessa Mason. The Space Invaders album was re-titled Another Night. The cover art, imagery and marketing for the album was completely changed to present a lighter romantic tone. Several tracks from the album were removed for the new release. Davis commissioned a new team of producers to write and produce three new covers songs (“Come and Get Your Love,” “Ooh Boy,” “If You Should Ever Be Lonely (Deep in the Night)”) and an original track (Sleeping with an Angel) for the album. The new production team included: Songwriters Billy Steinberg & Rick Noweles, Producer Shep Pettibone and the Lemon Productions team (Per Adebratt, Douglas Carr & Tony Ekman).

Thanks to the promotional efforts of Arista along with the popularity of “Another Night” and “Run Away,” the album reached double Platinum status and became a mainstream commercial success in 1995. “Come and Get Your Love” was released as the third Real McCoy single and reached No.1 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart. “Automatic Lover (Call for Love)” was also released late in 1995 as a fourth single but saw lesser success peaking at No.52 on the charts. The Space Invaders track “Love & Devotion” was released in Europe and Australia as a Real McCoy single. It earned gold status in Australia and peaked at No.11 in the United Kingdom. While Real McCoy’s success was at its peak in 1995, the Maxx project had quickly begun to decline in Europe due to the lack of new hits on the European charts. By the end of 1995, the project had permanently disbanded.
In 1997 the follow-up album One More Time was released. Singer Lisa Cork was recruited as a replacement for Petersen and Kasar. Wind produced the album without Hassas or Brunner’s involvement and instead worked with the Lemon Productions team (Adebratt, Carr & Ekman) and songwriter/producer Brent Argovitz. The Berman Brothers produced a Shania Twain cover for the album while also making new remixes for the singles. For promotional reasons, Jeglitza was credited as an Executive Producer alongside Davis. The lead single from the album, (also called “One More Time”), reached No.3 in Australia and achieved Platinum status but saw lesser success in the U.S. peaking at No. 27 on the charts. The follow-up singles “I Wanna Come (with You) ” and the Shania Twain cover “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” failed to chart and were also commercial failures. The disappointing commercial sales of the album and the final singles lead to the quick demise of the lineup in 1997. In 1998, BMG re-released the original Space Invaders album, under the title Real McCoy – Love & Devotion in Germany.
In 1999 and 2000, two new Real McCoy singles were released with an all new lineup. Rapper Jason Ammon and singers Gabriele Koopmans and Ginger Maria Kamphuis 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.” Koopmans and Kamphuis recorded new vocals for the song while Jeglitza re-recorded his original rap verses. A music video was filmed for the single in Miami, Florida starring Ammon, Koopmans and Kamphuis with a cameo from Jeglitza. Ammon mimed Jeglitza’s rap vocals in the music video. A second single titled “Hey Now” was released in 2000 featuring rap from Ammon and singing from 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. 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 for DJ BoBo’s “DJ BoBo and Friends” concert in Engelberg, Switzerland. Jeglitza also recorded the track “Two Hearts” with Butts and Sampson, but the track was never released officially.





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