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May 22, 1948|
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
|Instruments||Vocals, occasionally keyboards|
|Associated acts||The Marshall Tucker Band|
Doug Gray (born May 22, 1948) is an American singer best known as the lead vocalist, and a founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band. Gray sang lead on most of the band's songs, however he did not sing lead on the band's hit "Can't You See", which featured founder and guitarist Toy Caldwell as the singer.
In addition to singing Doug Gray 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". The band consisted of Gray on vocals, Tommy Caldwell on bass, Randy Foster on rhythm guitar, Keith Wood on lead guitar, Dan Powell on organ, and Ross Hannah on drums. 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 who still performs with the band today.