"Dobie Gray" (born July 26, 1940?) is an African American musician / singer best known for his song "Drift Away", which was one of the biggest hits of 1973 and still remains a staple of radio airplay.
He was born in Texas although the exact place is unknown; (Simonton being one of the most generally agreed on locations). There is also some argument as to his date of birth, but it is generally placed in the early 1940s. His birth name is also disputed, being listed as "Leonard Victor Ainsworth" or "Laurence Darrow Brown".
Gray moved from Texas to California in the 1960s, where he was mentored by Sonny Bono and later took up residence in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gray had other hits though, with songs such as "The In Crowd" in 1965, and "Out On The Floor" a whole decade later.
*http://www.dobiegray.com/ Dobie Gray
*http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/gray_dobie/bio.jhtml VH1 bio