765 – Vietnam Vet Doug Gray helped start the Marshall Tucker Band

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The Marshall Tucker Band in the 1970s. (Photo: Marshall Tucker Band)

In the continuing effort to execute one of the primary purposes of this podcast, the story of Vietnam Veteran Doug Gray will be featured on this episode. It is the contention of the writer of this piece, the Vietnam Veteran Generation is as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty of its country. This Podcast is devoted to telling the stories of those brave veterans who fought for their country under sometimes brutal conditions in Vietnam, came back to an ungrateful homecoming and withstood the verbal abuse thrown at them to go on and continue to serve their country in a broad spectrum of pursuits as better people.

Doug Gray served his country after his time in Vietnam in a rather unique fashion. His story is told in a story found in the Naples Daily News titled: Marshall Tucker Band gave it one more try, rest is history that was submitted by Dave Osborn – dave.osborn@naplesnews.com or call him at 239-263-4896.

Osborn tells about Gray’s lifelong interest in music. Along with the other original members of the Marshall Tucker Band, they had played in various bands during their Spartanburg, South Carolina-area high school days in the mid-1960s. When he came home from Vietnam, Gray liked eating so he got a job in a Spartanburg bank but he still had a passion for music. He and the others decided to give music one last try. If it didn’t work out, they could¬†always go back to their regular day jobs.

It did work out. By happenstance they were heard by an agent who recognized their talent and got them a recording contract in Macon, Georgia. The rest was history. For more than forty years Marshall Tucker has performed at the White House, the Kentucky Derby, at biker festivals and everywhere in between. Doug Gray is the only surviving original member of the Marshall Tucker Band. Their long list of hit songs include: Can’t You See and Heard It In A Love Song.

If you are going to be in the Southwest Florida area this Friday, December 2, you are in luck. The Marshall Tucker Band will be performing at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs at 8:00pm. For more information: swflpac.com or 239-389-6901; marshalltucker.com.

You are encouraged to go and see this show and support a Vietnam Veteran, Doug Gray.

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