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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:43 PM
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Singer-Songwriter Dobie Gray dies at 71
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 08:44 PM by UrbScotty
Source: dobiegray.com

(No article found - but website says he died today.)

Read more: http://www.dobiegray.com /
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:44 PM
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1. drift away nt
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:51 PM
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2. youtube for the kids
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:02 PM
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3. This is the one I thought of
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:13 PM
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5. That came out when I was in high school
RIP Dobie Gray
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:16 PM
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6. Me too.
The song is so ironic on so many levels.
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:11 PM
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4. I was just listening today to "Dobie Gray Sings For The 'In' Crowd"
A personal favorite album. Not just for the obvious hit, but many of the cuts are also winners, particularly "Out On The Floor"and "See You At The Go-Go".

Dobie was a huge star in the Northern Soul scene in UK.

See You At The Go-Go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyrQg-VwwF4

Out On The Floor:
http://youtu.be/-EA7A3Lq6xQ

Look At Me:
http://youtu.be/0YuFaRT_B0s
(very NOLA influenced)



RIP Dobie and thanks for the grooves.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:23 PM
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7. Was he the guy who sang that song
"...give me the beat boys and free my soul I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift awaaaay...."

Gosh I remember that song from waaaay back...! RIP man.
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:44 PM
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8. Rest in Peace
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:52 PM
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9. oops
i mixed him up with dobie gillis!
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:05 PM
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10. RIP. nt
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:28 PM
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11. I'm in with the in crowd!!!
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:44 PM
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12. Beautiful voice....RIP.
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:05 PM
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13. Wow. I hadn't thought of him for years but what a great song Drift Away was.
Rest in Peace, man. And thank you.
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:50 PM
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14. RIP, here is a classic 1971 Pollution cut, with Gray on lead vocals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M922y7_--po

"Do You Really Have A Heart" - Pollution (1971)





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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:17 AM
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15. Wow- Meandering around Dobie Gray tunes- "Roll On Sweet Mississippi"
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 12:24 AM by NBachers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP8DBOAL6gM&feature=rela...

Now you've got me listening to "Soul Days" on DobieGray.com

Wow- new facets of Dobie Gray I never explored before.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:04 AM
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16. Damn. "Drift Away" was one of the most transcendent moments
in whatever genre of pop or soul you place it in.

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UnrepentantLiberal Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:06 AM
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17. Dobie Gray, 'Drift Away' Singer, Dies at 71
http://m.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dobie-gray-drift-aw...

The singer's country-soul hit was a radio staple for decades, even as recently as 2003 when Uncle Kracker covered the song and reached no. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. On Dec. 6, the Detroit rapper tweeted, "Thank you for the music."

Singer and songwriter Dobie Gray, who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song Drift Away, has died. The news came on Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed.

Born near Houston in 1940 to a family of sharecroppers, Gray, whose real name has been listed as Leonard Victor Ainsworth and Laurence Darrow Brown, discovered gospel music through his grandfather, a Baptist minister. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s where he met Sonny Bono, who dubbed him Dobie Gray after the then popular sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Gray saw his first music industry success in 1965 with the single The 'In' Crowd, which reached No. 13 on the chart, but it was 1973s country-soul Drift Away, whose chorus pined, I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away, that would make him a radio staple for decades to come.

The song was covered by scores of musicians including Roy Orbison, Rod Stewart, Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles and Michael Bolton, but perhaps the most famous version was Detroit rapper Uncle Krackers in 2003. A collaboration with Gray, it reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for a record-setting 28 weeks (watch videos of both versions below).

Asked about the songs inclusion on his album, No Stranger to Shame, Kracker said in 2003, This is a song thats almost impossible to do better than the original, so I just grabbed the guy that did it originally and had him co-sing it. I learned that you can be an older musician and not be bitter. I meet a lot of older musicians that are bitter about everything. Hes definitely a nice gentleman and hes very down to earth."

Soon after news broke of his death, Kracker tweeted, My heart goes out to Dobie's family this evening. RIP Dobie Gray. Thank you for the music. You will not be forgotten.

Grays last website update appears to have been around March 2010. In the post, Gray wishes farewell and blessings to some 20 deceased stars including Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Heath Ledger, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Swayze, Walter Cronkite and Marlon Brando.
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:48 AM
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18. Love that song.
Loved his voice. RIP.
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 07:25 AM
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19. Everytime "Drift Away" ever came on the radio
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 07:28 AM by Le Taz Hot
I STILL sing my heart to that song. There was just something so soulful about it. Some new "artist" recently tried a mix of that song. The first time I heard it my radio came close to dying. :wtf: Don't fuck with the classics.
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loyalsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:15 PM
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20. It's one of the first songs I remember liking
I remember hearing it often when I was a kid in the 70s. RIP
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rtassi Donating Member (486 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:06 PM
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21. I had the privilege of working with him a few times in Nashville
when I was a young recording engineer ... A true and soulful talent and a very fine man ... a Lot of info on facebook ...
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