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Dobie Gray

Best known for his 1973 smash "Drift Away," Dobie Gray was a versatile vocalist who could handle soul, country, and pop, not to mention musical theater. Gray's origins are somewhat ill-defined; different sources alternately list his birth name as Leonard Victor Ainsworth or Laurence Darrow Brown, and his Texas birthplace as Brookshire or Simonton. His likely birth date is July 26, 1940 (though some sources list 1942 or 1943). Whatever the case, Gray grew up in a family of sharecroppers, and discovered gospel music through his grandfather, a Baptist minister. He also soaked up the R&B and country music of his surroundings, and in the early '60s he moved to Los Angeles to seek his fortune.

Before adopting the name Dobie Gray, he recorded several singles under the names Leonard Ainsworth, Larry Curtis, and Larry Dennis. His seventh single, "Look at Me," became his first chart hit in 1963, but his true breakout was a 1965 recording of "The 'In' Crowd," whose Motown-style bounce distinguished it from jazzman Ramsey Lewis' celebrated version. Gray hit the Top 20 with "The 'In' Crowd" and also had some success with the follow-up, "See You at the Go-Go"; this period -- spent mostly on the small, poorly distributed Cordak, Charger, and White Whale labels -- was the most soul-oriented of his career. It would be some time before Gray returned to the charts; in the meantime, he pursued a concurrent acting career, eventually spending two and a half years with the Los Angeles production of Hair. During his Hair years, Gray also sang with the band Pollution, which recorded two albums on Prophecy beginning in 1971.

In 1972, Gray resurfaced as a solo artist on MCA, with producer/songwriter Mentor Williams in his camp. Gray promptly scored the biggest hit of his career with the Williams-penned "Drift Away," which hit the Top Five in early 1973 and remains an oldies-radio staple today. The subsequent "Loving Arms," written by Tom Jans, grew into a much-covered repertory item, recorded by singers from the realms of rock, country, and R&B. Gray's own sound was shifting more toward country as well, and when he moved to Capricorn in 1975, he recorded in Nashville with new songwriting collaborator Troy Seals (he eventually relocated there permanently). Gray's popularity in Europe and Africa was growing steadily, and he managed to talk South African authorities into allowing him to play to integrated audiences during the apartheid era.

Gray's tenure in Nashville was marked by a commercial downturn, but his increased activity as a songwriter -- mostly in a country vein -- resulted in covers by the likes of Don Williams, Charley Pride, George Jones, and John Denver, among others. The disco-flavored "You Can Do It" became his final Top 40 hit in 1978, the same year he recorded the first of two LPs for Infinity. When Infinity went bankrupt, Gray concentrated exclusively on songwriting for a few years, then re-emerged on Capitol in the mid-'80s as a full-fledged country artist. He made the lower reaches of the country charts with singles like "That's One to Grow On" and "From Where I Stand," but found it impossible to break through to a wider country audience, and again faded from view after two albums. In 1997, Gray released Diamond Cuts, a mix of new songs and re-recorded past hits. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop . This is so scary put this on at least 5songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
sweet song
RIP Dobie. I did not write Donnie, the stupid auto correct did it. Wish I could have been more familiar with this artists work while he was still alive, I've always loved "Drift Away" and would have been very happy to have enjoyed his smooth and mellow style on other recordings. He has never gotten the attention his talent deserved. This is more than evidenced by the fact that most people think Drift Away is sung by a white guy (not that the color of his skin matters, it's just evidence of th
Always loved this song......RI P Donnie, I know you're drifting away to rock n roll out there in Tir Na nOg......
Love his music
A singer extraordinai r e !
Love this Song !!
What a shame an artist like Dobie is already mostly forgotten. His was a confident and superb voice in an era of many fakers who got much further than he did.
Dobie passed away last December but his music continues to convince us of what a fine singer he was.
spaztix1
Great song.
Love this version
dalefurban
RIP. Great song.
TURN IT UP...LOUD
Great country soul that invokes rock 'n roll!
Doobie Brothers, haha. I guess I'm not the only one who thought this song was sung by a white guy. How funny. I love this song and of course I could care less the color of anyone's skin. Great music! I'm referring to the Drift Away song, just realized I posted on the artist page.
Wow...I thought this was a Doobie Brothers song. I love Pandora I find out such great stuff.
I had thought he was strictly a country music singer when I was younger.
ackerbex3
This guy had (has?) a great voice - seems wrong that he never had another hit as big as "Drift Away" - nice to know that so many artists have covered his tunes. Strange that no mention is made of the Uncle Kracker cover of "Drift Away", which introduced the tune to a whole new generation.
Everybody loves this song! It is such a smooth groovin song, my little girls, 3 & 4 just spontaneousl y found the beat & swayed away! My friend, who knows his tunes, had no idea who sung it. Thanks Dobie & Pandora! The bio is actually pretty interesting. . .
The In Crowd was a hot hit it 1965. We were all singing it in school so long ago.
mtallagas
Drift away is one of the smoothest songs ever, it takes me back and I too drift away.
DOBY GRAY HAS A GREAT VOICE,SOFT AND PURE,"I CAN CLEARLY NOW" IS ONE OF HIS BEST,"DRIFT AWAY" IS RIGHT UP THERE AS ONE OF HIS GREAT RECORDINGS,I S HE STILL ALIVE?THANKS PANDORA
Dobie Gray still has a good voice
kgt1310
I will be honest. I heard Drift Away alot as kid. But was not until the last 5 years I knew it was by Dobie Gray.
bless you rat682!! have same compulsion.. . . . . . e m p t y canvass..... . . . . o k , ok.......thi s is another tune have heard for years and not known artist...... . . d o b i e gray........ e v e n tho' he looks......h m m m m m m . . . . . . . . . d a r k e r . . . . . . . . . i s it me?
No comments for Dobie Gray? Whats up with you people? Alright I'll kick it off- I enjoy Dobie Gray.

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