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Dobie Gray dies at 71; singer later became a songwriter
Dobie Gray dies at 71; singer later became a songwriter

Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer and soul singer who scored his biggest hit in the early 1970s with "Drift Away," has died. He was 71. Gray, who had cancer, died Tuesday at his Nashville home, said Charlie Andrews, his attorney. Before he adopted the name of Dobie Gray — a nod to sitcom character Dobie Gillis — the singer recorded under other names before breaking through with 1965's "The 'In' Crowd," which became a top 20 hit. He also had success that year with "See You at the Go-Go." The silky-voiced tenor was best known for his progressive rock and soul version of "Drift Away," a 1973 top 5 hit penned by Mentor Williams...

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