RIP "Drift Away" Singer, Native Houstonian Dobie Gray

Pop/Soul/Country singer/songwriter Dobie Gray passed away today after a long, respected career as a silky crooner and songwriter, who achieved moderate success in the '60s and '70s. He had his biggest hit with "Drift Away," in 1973 and re-emerged in 2003 when Uncle Cracker recorded the song and had him sing on the final verse. Gray's version reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and Uncle Kracker's made it to number nine. Gray's first big hit, the Motown inspired "The 'In' Crowd" reached number 13 on the charts in 1965.

Gray was born in Houston, moved to LA in the early '60s to pursue a career in music with mixed results that included commercial successes and flops. He eventually made his way to Nashville where he worked primarily as a songwriter, penning tunes for country singers like Don Williams and Charley Pride.

Gray was 71.

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