He was now touring Europe, Australia and Africa. It was at Dobieís insistence to the South African Government and promoters that he would play only to integrated audiences, which led to his becoming the first artist to do so in that country. His standing-room-only appearances there garnered eight gold singles, four platinum albums and an unprecedented nine concert tours. He remains one of South Africaís most popular and enduring recording Artists.

In the U.S., Dobie went on to record for the Infinity (which became all too Finite - all too soon) and Capricorn labels, before signing with Nashville based, Capitol/EMI/America. His three, Capitol albums resulted in two chart singles, "Thatís One To Grow On" and the unforgettable "From Where I Stand."

Dobie spent the next several years concentrating on songwriting. Many of his compositions have been recorded by a myriad of music industry Immortals: Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, George Jones, Don Williams, Exile, John Conlee, Tammy Wynette, Etta James, Jodice, Nina Simone, Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty, Brook Benton, Three Dog Night, Julio Iglesias, John Denver, Paul Rogers, Razzy Bailey, B.J. Thomas, and a number of other talented Artists.

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Moreover, Dobie also has an impressive number of national radio and TV commercials to his credit: Procter & Gamble, Chrysler Corp., Ultra Slimfast, Oscar Mayer, Chevrolet, Buick, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Allstate, Sunbeam, Budweiser, MacDonaldís, American Movie Classics and a little Reggae, ditty called "Mommaís Got The Magic Of Clorox 2.

Inspired by the demand from his fans and the encouragement of friends and peers to go back into the studio, he did just that. Released In 1999, "Diamond Cuts," his first studio offering in many years, is a collection of carefully chosen gems of the caliber that has become the unmistakable hallmark of Dobieís music, comprising
recordings of his greatest hits, some of his new compositions, and renditions of many of the all-time great standards, including his electrifying version of Roy Orbisonís classic, "Itís Over." Thankfully, for Dobie, and for his following, it is far from over.
 
In 2003, Dobie was invited by Rap Artist, Uncle Kracker, to sing on his version of "Drift Away." The rest, as they say, is history. The second time around, "Drift Away" stayed in the charts at # 1 for twenty-eight weeks.

Today, audiences all over the world are still enchanted by the charismatic, intoxicating intimacy of one of the great voices of our time. Now in the works, his new CD, from Dobie Gray Productions, is scheduled for release in mid-2008.

Perhaps Dobie sums it up best: "My goal is to create the kind of music that makes memories for my audience - music that they will want to revisit time and again. Songs from the heart! "
 
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