November 29, 2004

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Artist: Raes, The




Cherrill Rae (vocals)
Robbie Rae (vocals)

Robert Bevan found infamy early in his singing career in his home of Wales where he and his brother Raymond recorded a version of "The Lord's Prayer" in Welsh which was subsequently banned by the BBC because it was deemed blasphemous.

As Robbie, Ray and The Jaguars the group eventually became known as just 'Robbie Rae' and toured all through the UK and Europe. However, after five record deals and as many false career starts, Raymond quit the music business and Robert (now adopting Robbie Rae as his own last stage name) joined The Roundabouts and eventually hosted his own BBC television show in Wales.

It was this show that introduced him to singer/performer Cherrill Yates (ex-The Comic Opera) who was touring the UK but was from Canada

Upon moving to Canada, Rae and Yates married and moved to her hometown of St. Thomas, Ontari. The duo signed a deal with A & M Records as an adult pop act in 1976 but failed to make any inroads with their first few singles "Don't Shut Me Out" and "Oh Me, Oh My".

After turning a version of Doris Day's 1956 hit "Que Sera Sera" into a disco dance track in 1977 the duo managed to chart. The label was encouraged enough to have the act record their self-titled debut album in 1978 which was produced mainly by Harry Hinde with several tracks produced by Cliff Edwards (ex-The Bells).

Their second album 'Dancing Up A Storm', also produced by Harry Hinde, followed immediately in 1979 and a remixed 12" single of "A Little Lovin" (Keeps The Doctor Away)" was issued. The catchy, bubbly song shot up the charts immediately. It went to No.5 on Billboard's Club Play list but only peaked at No.61 on the Pop chart. The song failed to make hit status because of a typographical error in Billboard magazine which showed the record sliding down the charts after a promising start and A & M pulled all promotion on the record. However, they took another chance with a second 12" single, "I Only Wanna Get Up And Dance," but it only managed to reach No. 47 on the Club Play lists before disappearing.

Also in 1979, The Raes hosted a worldwide TV show event that featured Michael Jackson and was broadcast on the CBC, NBC and the BBC globally.

In Canada The Raes were nominated for two Juno Awards and they became hosts of a self-titled CBC variety show (that would help launch the career of famed Canadian theatre dancer/singer Jeff Hyslop). They were then offered a chance at a firm 5-year TV contract of their own -- which they turned down after A & M execs felt it would effect sales. But the writing was already on the wall as their third album, "Two Hearts", wasn't even optioned for release in the US.

With no label support and declining popularity Cherrill and Robbie's personal lives took the strain and the duo divorced in the early 1980s.

Robbie tried to make a go of it as a solo artists releasing unsuccessful singles on Quality Records and Mel Shaw's Music World Creations touting several Myles Hunter (Avalon/Refugee) tunes to little chart effect.

In 1989 he teamed up with Saga members Jim Gilmour and Steve Negus under the pseudonym Robert Bevan in GNP. They released one album for Virgin Records. In recent years he fronted the Robbie Rae Band as a classic rock emprissario on the Toronto Club circuit. Following this he maintained a steady gig in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) entertaining American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia. In October 1999, Rae moved to Thailand (Kamala Beach - Phuket) where he invested in his own outdoor bar as well as singing in Patong with a new band.

On December 26, 2005 Rae went missing as one of many victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster when Phuket was devestated by flooding. He was located a short time later safe and sound and resumed work at the Tai Pan Club. However, on February 9, 2006 Rae succumbed to liver and kidney failure in Phuket Hospital. He was 54 years old.

Cherrill would remarry another musician, Nick Cucunato, and has performed in several acts since the Raes including Backstreet, Rae And Rockit and her own lounge act - The Cherrill Rae Trio.

with notes from Ursula Lott.


Singles
1976 Don't Shut Me Out (A & M) AM-420
1976 Oh Me, Oh My (A & M) AM-423
1977 Que Sera Sera/Are You The Boy? (A & M) AM-446
1977 All Kinds Of People/To Love Somebody (A & M) AM-455
1977 Cara Mia [stereo]/Cara Mia [mono] (A & M) AM-457
1978 A Little Lovin' (Keeps The Doctor Away) [Disco Version]/A Little Lovin' (Keeps The Doctor Away) [Radio Version] [12"] (A & M) SP-12009
1978 A Little Lovin' (Keeps The Doctor Away)/To Love Somebody (A & M) AM-466
1979 (I Only Wanna) Get Up And Dance/When I'm Dead And Gone (A & M) AM-472
1979 (I Only Wanna) Get Up And Dance/ [12"] (A & M) AM-17069 1979 Don't Turn Around/School [12"] (A & M) SP-20048
1979 Don't Turn Around/Gonna Burn My Boogie Shoes [12"] (A & M) SP-20097
1979 Don't Turn Around/Gonna Burn My Boogie Shoes [7"] (A & M) AM-2160
1980 Two Hearts/Kiss And Tell (A & M) AM-493

Albums
1978 The Raes (A & M) SP-9030
1979 Dancin' Up A Storm (A & M) SP-4754
1980 Two Hearts (A & M) SP-9039

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