Doug Gray

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Doug Gray
Born (1948-05-22) May 22, 1948 (age 71)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
GenresSouthern Rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals,keyboards,tambourine
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsThe Marshall Tucker Band

Doug Gray (1948- ) is an American singer. He's the founding member and lead vocalist of The Marshall Tucker Band.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Doug Gray was born on May 22, 1948 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While high school mates, Gray and bassist, Tommy Caldwell joined a band called The New Generation. 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 Hanna on drums. In 1968, they co-wrote a single, "Because of Love (It's All Over)" and released on a 45rpm record.[3] After high school, The New Generation merged with another local band, The Rants, which included: guitarist, Toy Caldwell (brother of Tommy); saxophonist, keyboardist and flutist, Jerry Eubanks; and drummer, Ross Hanna (1951-2019),[4] to form a new band called the Toy Factory.[5] As the Vietnam War dragged on, many of the members joined various military branches with Gray joining the Army and serving in the Vietnam War.[6][7]

After his duty in the military, Gray rejoined the Caldwell brothers and Eubanks of the Toy Factory. They recruited guitarist, George McCorkle along with drummer, Paul Riddle. By 1972, they changed their everlasting band name to The Marshall Tucker Band (name of man who was hometown piano tuner in the cotton-mill city of Spartanburg) . Gray remained with the band for its entire career and he is the only original member who still performs with the band today.[8]

Gray sang lead on most of the band's songs. For one exception, "Can't You See," featured founder and guitarist Toy Caldwell as the singer. In addition to singing, Gray also sometimes plays tambourine and in the band's early days he played keyboards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tennis, Joe (2018-04-22). "Leader of The Marshall Tucker Band says he's not in the market for 'A New Life'". Bristol Herald Courier. Bristol Virginia. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  2. ^ Tennis, Joe (2018-05-17). "Doug Gray: Marshall Tucker Band's last original band member". Bristol Herald Courier. Bristol Virginia. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  3. ^ https://www.popsike.com/NEW-GENERATIONEarly-Marshall-Tucker-BandBecause-Of-LoveThats-The-Sun7-68/161084722631.html
  4. ^ https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/spartanburg/obituary.aspx?n=ross-carlisle-hanna&pid=192871961
  5. ^ http://swampland.com/articles/view/title:the_legends_of_southern_rock_photo_scrapbook_part_two
  6. ^ Smith, Michael B. "Toy Caldwell's Carolina Dreams". Tuckerhead.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  7. ^ Young, Julius (11 November 2019). "Marshall Tucker Band's Doug Gray recalls woman giving him her plane seat during return home from Vietnam war". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Doug Gray Interview: Marshall Tucker Band Leader Finds Musical Kinship Everywhere — Even on 'American Idol'". The Boot. 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.