Dobie Gray

Real Name:Lawrence Darrow Brown (for some sources, Leonard Victor Ainsworth)

American singer and songwriter.

Born: July 26, 1940 in Simonton, Texas.
Died: December 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Born into a family of sharecroppers in Simonton, Texas, and greatly influenced by his Grandfather, a Baptist Minister, Dobie’s life revolved around family, the church and music. Moving from Texas to California in the early 60’s, Dobie met Sonny Bono, then A&R manager for Specialty Records. That encounter led to his first notable single, "Look At Me." (later recorded by The Righteous Brothers). Although "Look At Me" remained on the charts a healthy five weeks, Dobie’s real breakthrough came in 1965 with the release of "The 'In' Crowd."
In Hollywood he enrolled in acting classes, and appeared in Theatre-group Productions, including "A Raisin In The Sun," "The Amen Corner," "Look Homeward Angel" and "Rhinoceros." His dramatic gifts eventually landed him a role in the L.A. production of the Mega – Hit, Musical "Hair," in which he remained for two and a half years. "Drift Away," (1973) still heralded as his signature tune, was written by Mentor Williams. , Wikipedia , Imdb , ,
In Groups:Pollution (3)
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