Rasie Michael “Razzy” Bailey, 82, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday,
August 4, 2021 at his home. Born February 14, 1939 in Five Points, Alabama, he was the
son of the late Erastus Bailey and Adella Singleton Bailey.
Razzy was a professional singer and songwriter who devoted his life to music. At 15,
the string band that he led took second place at a talent show at Auburn University.
In the 1960’s, Razzy contributed on several songs for Atlantic Records.
One of those songs, “9,999,999 tears” reached number three in 1976 after
being rerecorded by Dickey Lee. Razzy had six consecutive number one hits with
“What Time Do You Have To Be Back In Heaven?”, “Loving Up A Storm,” “I Keep Coming Back,”
“Friends,” “Midnight Hauler” and “She Left Love All Over Me.” In 1981,
Billboard Magazine named Razzy Country Singles Artist of the Year.
He is in the University of Georgia Celebrity Hall in Athens. More information about
Razzy can be found at www.TheRazzyBailey.com
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Marlene
Bailey Jackson and Tanya Bailey; grandson Brice Bennett; son Dean Watson.
He is survived by his wife Faye Bright Bailey; daughters Tammy (Kip) Paxton,
Jenita (Garry) Hefler, Jenevra Mayberry, Teressa (Eddie) Bennett, and Paula
Butler Baxter; sons Rasie M. Bailey, Jr. and Douglas Alan (Tammy) Watson; grandchildren
Levi Bailey, April (Anthony) Huling, Sabastian Bailey, Zack Helfer, Karlen (Stoycho)
Velkovska, Nikki Mayberry, Austin Watson, Autumn Watson, Grant Baxter, Amber Jackson,
Brenna Paxton, Sean Watson, and Brandon Colt Watson; great grandchildren Lilly Huling,
Noah Huling, Gavin Bailey, Archie Bailey, Jakub Jackson, and Iliya Paxton “Eli” Velkovsky;
sister Vanda Bailey McIntire; sisters-in-law Lana June Bright Selman, and Anna Denise Bright
Mullen; a host of extended family members, friends, bandmates and fans who shared a special
kind of love with him.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 12 from 4 PM until 8 PM at Spring Hill Funeral
Home in Nashville. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will take place on Friday,
August 13, at 1 PM at the funeral home with the family receiving friends and visitors
two hours prior to the funeral. Entombment will follow in the Historic Spring Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Razzy’s name to Music Health Alliance.
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