On Monday, May 22, Doug Gray, the iconic frontman of The Marshall Tucker Band celebrated his 75th birthday. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the scoop.
Gray was caught by surprise after receiving a special video reel on his 75th birthday.
The video includes personalized birthday greetings from friends, family, the music industry and several artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, ALABAMA, Ricky Skaggs, The Kentucky Headhunters, Gray’s nephew, Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band, and Craig Wayne Boyd, among others.
This was sent to me Monday, on my 75th birthday,” explains an emotional Gray. “I am overwhelmed by the love from my brothers and sisters, my family and so many artists who I love and respect. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! You all made this old southern boy cry.”
More than 50 years since the MTB’s inception, Gray continues to lead the MTB, introducing a new generation of fans to its legendary sound. In a recent article by Forbes, the business news outlet declared Gray as a “torchbearer” of the southern rock genre. The group is currently touring the nation on its Infinite Road Tour.
Over 50 years ago, The Marshall Tucker Band was founded in Spartanburg, SC. Thanks to hits like “Can’t You See,” “Heard It in a Love Song,” “Fire on the Mountain,” and “24 Hours At a Time,” the 5x Gold, 3x platinum-selling Southern Rock and Country group has sold millions of albums worldwide. MTB songs have been featured in major motion picture films and television shows including Breaking Bad, Blow, The Box, Swing Vote, Half Nelson, My Name Is Earl, Cold Case Files and Good Guys. CMT (Country Music Television) named the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song.
The MTB’s debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album. Ultimate Classic Rock crowned the MTB’s “Can’t You See” as the #1 Southern Rock Song and GRAMMY® Magazine named the group’s logo as one of the most distinctive and iconic brands in music.
For more information on The Marshall Tucker Band’s tour dates, check out their official website.