A pop singer who had a series of hits but was mostly identified with one big 1973 hit has died, the Associated Press reports.
Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer whose signature hit was “Drift Away,” died in his sleep Tuesday at his home in Nashville after battling cancer. He was 69.
Gray’s other hits included “The In Crowd” in 1965 and “Loving Arms” in 1973.
Said Bud Reneau, a close friend of Gray’s and his songwriting partner: "He had such a unique style, so identifiable. If you listened to his record, you knew right away it was him. It was a big factor in his marketability."
Gray had his songs recorded by Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Three Dog Night, Etta James and many others.