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May 22, 1948 |
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
|Genres||Southern Rock, Boogie Rock, Country, Blues|
|Instruments||Vocals, occasionally keyboards|
|Associated acts||The Marshall Tucker Band|
Doug Gray (born May 2, 1948) is an American singer best known as the lead vocalist of The Marshall Tucker Band. He sang lead on most of the band's songs but did not sing lead on their biggest hit "Can't You See." In addition to singing he also sometimes plays tambourine and in the band's early days he played keyboards.
In high school he and Tommy Caldwell joined a band called The New Generation. They co-wrote a single, "Because of Love It's All Over". After high school the New Generation merged with another local band, The Rants, which included Toy Caldwell, Jerry Eubanks and Ross Hanna, to form a new band called the Toy Factory. As the Vietnam War dragged on, many of the members joined various military branches with Gray joining the Army.
After they left the military, Gray rejoined the Caldwell brothers and Eubanks in the Toy Factory. They recruited guitarist George McCorkle and drummer Paul T. Riddle and changed their name to The Marshall Tucker Band in 1972. Gray remained with the band for its entire career and he is the only original member that still performs with the band today.