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With disco kings Harry Casey and Richard Finch of KC & the Sunshine Band producing and writing his output on Henry Stone's T.K. label, McCrae found a hit on his first try with "Rock Your Baby," originally intended as a single for Gwen. It topped charts around the world, and he rapidly returned with the double-sided hit "I Can't Leave You Alone"/"I Get Lifted," but fads being fickle, McCrae's fortunes slipped as the decade progressed. Although he continued recording during the '80s and '90s, he only charted in England with 1984's "One Step Closer (To Love)." After a long absence from recording and releasing material, he returned in 2009 with Time for a Change. ~ Bill Dahl & John Bush, Rovi