Country music artist Rasie Michael Bailey, known by his stage name “Razzy” Bailey, passed away this week at the age of 82.
According to previous LDN articles compiled by Troup County Archivist Lewis Powell, Bailey was a former resident of LaGrange. His previous wife, Sandra, now deceased, was from LaGrange.
Bailey featured in several LDN articles from the “1960s to 2000s,” Powell said.
His current wife, Faye L. Bright-Bailey, was the first to publish the announcement Thursday morning.
âToday my precious love of life has passed away,â she said in the post. âAs a husband, Razzy was kind with infinite love for me. He mentored our children and showed by example how to be honest, kind and loving. to this blended family. We are [made] better by this gift of God for us.
Bailey’s publicist and friend Sissy Treat confirmed her death on Thursday. Treat said Bailey suffered from congestive heart failure and had been treated at home. Sissy’s husband Rickey Treat is Bailey’s friend and musical companion. Rickey wrote Little Red River, which Bailey performed.
The two also collaborated with songwriter Bobby G. Rice on âGod is Everything,â which is due for re-release in about two weeks as part of Bailey’s memorial service, Rickey said.
âRazzy recorded it a few years ago with us, and we decided to release it, but Razzy passed away before it was released,â Sissy said.
Rickey said that Bailey’s biggest trait is the love he has for his fans and for his fellow musical artists.
“We were all going to the Cracker Barrel restaurantâ¦ and all of a sudden you would see people pushing and looking at each other to reach itâ¦ Razzy was stopping what he was doing, and there was no one around but fans.” , did he declare. “He would sign autograph after autograph, and they would take pictures with him, and when we were goneâ¦ I asked him, ‘Are you ever fed up? You couldn’t even eat, âand he said,â Ricky, when that day comes, I’ll know my career is over.
Sissy said Bright-Bailey was putting together a memorial for her husband in addition to her funeral plans.
Her funeral will be at Spring Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery at 5110 Gallatin Pike S, Nashville, Tennesee on Friday, August 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with visitations on August 12, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Several musical artists and Bailey’s apparent acquaintances sent their condolences and praised the artist.
âMy condolences go out to the family of Razzy Bailey,â country artist Ronnie McDowell said via his Facebook page. âRazzy was a [amazingly] talented man and one of my closest friends. He took me to Razzy Bailey Days on several occasions. We will miss him.”
The associates of the Josie Music Awards also shared their condolences on her Facebook page.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of a true talent and a kind man who we are honored to say was part of our great JMA family when he won the Lifetime Achievement in 2015,” we read in his message. âWe send all our love and prayers to Razzy Bailey family, friends and fans during this great loss. Rest in peace Razzy. You will be truly missed and your music will live on forever.
Bailey was born in Five Points, Alabama and raised on a farm in LaFayette, Alabama, according to his biography on Wikipedia. According to a 1997 LDN article, Bailey was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame after several decades of consecutive country hits that were significant in the 1980s.
According to AllMusic, Bailey hit his commercial peak with a streak of five number one hits – “Loving Up a Storm”, “I Keep Coming Back”, “Friends”, “Midnight Hauler” and “She Left Love All Over Me” – and in 1981, was named Country Singles Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine.
In a 2000 LDN article titled “Country Singer Baily’s Down to Earth,” Bailey spoke of his return to sobriety and continuing his music career despite personal and business issues with “house politics.” of records “which” kept him out of the spotlight. in recent years. “
âI’m starting to get back to earth,â Bailey said, noting that at the time he was releasing a new album.
According to a 2019 New York Times article titled “Here are hundreds of other artists whose tapes were destroyed in the UMG fire,” Bailey was an artist whose equipment was destroyed in the Universal in 2008.