Gwen Mosley was born December 21st, 1943, in Pensacola, Florida. Like most young black kids of that era, she sang in the church choir. Mosley met a sailor named George McCrae, also a singer, at the tender age of 20 and married a week later. She took his last name and the pair decided to collaborate and grace the world over with some baby making tunes. Now for you studious music lovers, George McCrae would later make classic solo hits like “I Get Lifted” which would go on to be sampled by numerous hip hop and R& B artists like Keith Murray, Pete Rock, Eric B, and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few.
Nearly 4 years after the dynamic duo crossed paths, Betty Wright discovered the pair and got them signed to Henry Stone's Alston Records. Yes, the same Betty Wright responsible for hits like “Clean Up Woman” written by Clarence Reid. There is a point to all this, I swear. You may know Clarence Reid by his alias, Blowfly. As Reid he wrote songs for other artists like the ones aforementioned as well as Sam & Dave and KC and the Sunshine Band. As Blowfly he would flip popular R & B songs into sexually explicit works of pure genius comedy. The first Blowfly “party record” came out in 1971, which many consider a form of primitive rapping. When the Sugarhill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979, Blowfly followed with his own profane version called “Rapp Dirty" or "Blowfly’s Rapp." The song was a hit and helped his album, Blowfly's Party, reach #26 on Billboard magazine's Black Albums chart and #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1980.