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    "Look At Me" was Dobie Gray's seventh single and his first recording success. Penned by Johnny Cole, this funky little R&B-ish ditty went as high as the mid-40s in the charts. Recorded at Gold Star Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, it was one of the first songs to feature the very talented Carol Kay, the only female studio bass player in Hollywood at the time. She played the now rare six-string Danelectro.
    Inexplicably, the follow-up album, Look, which came some months after the single, did not contain... THE SINGLE!... Ahh, show biz! Subsequent renditions were by The Righteous Brothers, The 5th Dimension and Soul Survivors.

"The 'In' Crowd" (Charger Records 1965)
   The "In" Crowd is the song which first brought international recognition to Dobie Gray. Written by Billy Page, it extolled the cool sassiness and hipness of being "In" in the mid-sixties. The record was in the charts amid the top 10s and 20s for three months. The Ramsey Lewis Trio’s hit version of it came two years later.
   Gene Page, brother of Billy, was the arranger who gave "The 'In' Crowd" its big, Motown-like sound. In fact, the general perception at the time was that it was a Motown record. This, in part, was due to Gene’s highly identifiable arrangements and his choice of instrumentation - which in those days was being heard on a number of Motown’s hit records.
   The follow-up album-- Dobie Gray Sings For ‘In’ Crowders - That 'Go G0' (WHEW!) -- was the first of Gray’s works which featured songs co-authored by the singer, and fellow Texan, Jimmy Georgantones.
Gray’s updated version of "The 'In' Crowd" is contained on his 1997 Diamond Cuts CD, available from Dobie Gray Productions through this website.

"See You At The Go Go" (Charger-Crusader Records /1965)
    This song, the follow-up single to "The 'In' Crowd", is also a Billy Page composition and, like "In Crowd", features a Gene Page arrangement. Although See You A The Go Go never reached the prominence of it's predecessor, it did make a praiseworthy showing in the charts. And, owing to a phenomenon then sweeping the country known as Go Go clubs, it also gained considerable popularity in that genre.
    "See You At The Go Go" was produced by Fred Darian and Joe Van Winkle and is a particularly worthwhile study in great musicianship. It features Hal Blaine on drums and timpani; Al Delory on keyboards; Larry Knechtel on guitars; and Carol Kay on bass.

Pollution (Prophesy Records /1971)
    This is Gray’s only musical endeavor as a member of a group. Pollution’s first album, also entitled "Pollution", was recorded during and after Gray’s two-and-a -half-year stint in the Los Angeles company of the musical Hair. On the album, Gray sings two songs: "This Feeling Won’t Last Long" and a Paul Williams composition, "Do You Really Have a Heart." The album’s cover won a Grammy for its creator, Gene Brownell. The second album for the label, Heir Pollution, received considerably less distinction.
    Seven members made up the group: Tata Vega (whom Gray brought into the ensemble after having worked with her in Hair); guitarist/composer/singer, James Quill Smith (Smitty); drummer, Dennis Kenmore; bassist, John Lambert; saxophonist/pianist, Christaan Mostert; pianist/trumpeter, Richard Lewis; and Gray.
    Pollution’s mentor/manager was Max Baer Jr., son of the great prizefighter and better known as Jethro of "The Beverly Hillbillies." In an earlier biographical account, Gray characterizes his experience with Baer: "When it was over, I felt like I’d survived the holocaust."





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