Razzy Bailey, Chart-Topping ’80s Country Music Star, Dies at 82

by Samantha Whidden

Rasie Michael Bailey, aka Razzy Bailey, the chart-topping 1980’s country music star behind the hit single Midnight Hauler, has reportedly passed away at the age of 82 on August 4, 2021.

According to Legacy, the cause of death was not disclosed. Razzy Bailey did pass away in his home, which is in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The singer began his career in 1966 with his single 9,999,999 Tears. He went on to form the pop trio, Daily Bread. In 1974, Bailey releases his album I Hate Hate. The album sold over half a million copies before being picked up by MGM Records. 

Razzy Bailey eventually scored a record deal with RCA Records. He then hit the charters with his 1978 single What Time Do You Have to Be Back to Heaven and his 1979’s If Love Had a Face. In the 1980s, his career took off with five top-charting hits Loving Up a Storm, Keep Coming Back, Friends, Midnight Hauler, She Left Love All Over Me.

Razzy Bailey Opens Up About His Music Career in 2008 Interview 

In a 2008 interview with Bronson Herrmuth, Razzy Bailey opened up about his music career, including when he made his first recordings at 10-years-old. 

“We didn’t even have electrical when I was 10-years-old,” Razzy Bailey revealed. “We lived in an old farmhouse out there in Five Points, Alabama, and didn’t have runnin’ water or electrical or anything. I hadn’t really even started playing the guitar until I was 10.”

Razzy Bailey further explained that he had played the harmonica for a little bit. He also says “I Hate Hate” was his first hit. “So I started you know working out Nashville more and then coming up [to Nashville] to record and things like that and had the opportunity.”

The country singer stated that he didn’t want to move to Nashville until he had a really good reason. “So didn’t move up here til I had my deal with RCA. [I] saw it was gonna yield some hits. Finally, I was spending more time in Nashville doing TV and radio and recordings.”

In regards to his music advice, Razzy Bailey added, “You know you hear the people say, ‘Well I’ve got a song as good as that one on the radio,’ well if you have, you’re probably not going to get yours because it’s got to be better. It’s gotta be different. You’ve got to come from a different direction. Or you’ve got to have a major deal or something like that.”

Fans React to Razzy Bailey’s Passing on Social Media 

Following the news of Razzy Bailey’s passing, his fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the country singer. Music group The Oak Ridge Boys shares on Twitter, “Rest In Peace brother RAZZY BAILEY… another said loss.”

Another Twitter user writes, “I was privileged to know and work with this man on so many of his ‘Hit House’ productions over the years. God be with you Razzy, you will be missed!”