Remembering Dobie Gray
The creator of the classic hit “Drift Away” died today, December 6. He was 71. His career began way back in the 60’s, releasing his first hit in 1965, “The ‘In’ Crowd“, which reached 13 on the US Billboard chart. His next chart success was “Drift Away” a classic staple of today’s radio, in 1973. It reached number 5 on Billboard. Uncle Kracker, in a duet with Dobie, released a version in 2003 which charted as the number 19 hit for the year. His career spanned pop, soul and country. he reincarnated himself as a country artist in the mid 80’s, having moderate success.
Drift Away is a terrific tune, and one that should stand the time test. I have inserted 2 versions of it below. The first is Dobie Gray, live at the BBC in 1974. The second is the version with Uncle Kracker. RIP Dobie Gray.
- Obituary: ‘Drift Away’ singer Dobie Gray dies aged 71 (100gf.wordpress.com)
- [RIP] Dobie Gray (1940 – 2011) (loudersoft.com)