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“Dobie Grey-I’m With the In Crowd” 


Dobie Grey (born Lawrence Darrow Brown; July 26, 1940 – December 6, 2011) was an American singer and songwriter, whose musical profession spanned soul, nation, pop, and musical theater. His hit data included “The ‘In’ Crowd” in 1965 and “Drift Away“, which was one of many largest hits of 1973, offered over a million copies, and stays a staple of radio airplay.[1]

Within the early Sixties he moved to Los Angeles, aspiring to pursue an appearing profession whereas additionally singing to earn a living. He recorded for a number of native labels beneath the names Leonard Ainsworth, Larry Curtis, and Larry Dennis, earlier than Sonny Bono directed him towards the small unbiased Stripe Information. They instructed that he file beneath the identify “Dobie Grey”, an allusion to the then-popular sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.[3]

His first style of success got here in 1963 when his seventh single “Look At Me”, on the Cor-Dak label and recorded with bassist Carol Kaye,[5] reached #91 on the Billboard Sizzling 100.[4][6]

Nevertheless, his first album, Look!, didn’t promote.[5] Higher success got here in early 1965 when his unique recording of “The ‘In’ Crowd” (recorded later that yr as an instrumental by Ramsey Lewis, and in addition lined in 1965 by Petula Clark) reached #13. Written by Billy Web page and organized by his brother, Gene[7] and produced by Fred Darian,[4][8] Grey’s file reached #11 on the US R&B chart, and #25 within the UK. The follow-up, “See You on the Go-Go”, recorded with such high session musicians as Kaye, Hal Blaine, and Larry Knechtel, additionally reached the Sizzling 100, and he issued an album, Dobie Grey Sings For ‘In’ Crowders That Go ‘Go Go,’ which featured some self-penned songs.[5]

Grey continued to file, although with little success, for small labels equivalent to Charger and White Whale, in addition to contributing to film soundtracks.[6] He additionally spent a number of years working as an actor, together with 2½ years within the Los Angeles manufacturing of Hair.[1][3]

In 1970, whereas working there, he joined a band, Air pollution, as singer and percussionist. They have been managed by actor Max Baer Jr. (finest referred to as “Jethro” in The Beverly Hillbillies) and launched two albums of soul-inspired psychedelic rock, Air pollution I and Air pollution II.[5][9] The band included singer Tata Vega and guitarist/singer James Quill Smith. He additionally labored at A&M Information on demo recordings with songwriter Paul Williams.[3]




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