Dobie Gray Drifts Away

I was saddened to read of the passing of Dobie Gray, the singer and musician most famous for the classic song Drift Away.

Drift Away was recorded when I was in high school, and it almost immediately became, and for nearly 40 years has remained, a staple of FM radio playlists.  Everyone seemed to like the gentle tune and the lyrics, with their universal message of people turning to music and getting lost in song when they were down or confused.

This YouTube video of Gray performing the song on the BBC isn’t of the greatest quality, but I can’t let Gray’s death pass without posting him performing this terrific song.  Dobie Gray was 71.