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New Ray Of Sunshine (Capricorn Records 1975)
    Produced by Gray and Nashville singer/songwriter Troy Seals at Nashville’s Quadrafonic Studios, New Ray is, by Gray’s own admission, "A good example of what happens when misdirection and inexperience collide. I think the best that can be said of it is that I learned a lot about what not to do, and that Darlene Love and The Blossoms did a sensational job on back-up vocals."
    Gray does point out that two of the songs on this album, co-authored by himself and Seals, went on to greater success: "Drive On, Ride On" was recorded by Three Dog Night in 1976, and was sampled by the group Jodici on its 1993 Diary Of A Mad Band CD. The second song from Gray’s album to be highlighted was "Easy Come, Easy Go." It was recorded by country diva Tammy Wynette and also by Katy Moffatt.
    Gray’s second album for Capricorn, Let Go, was released in 1977. No exposure.

Midnight Diamond (Infinity Records 1978)
    Four years after his tenure at MCA, Infinity Records, an MCA subsidiary, signed Dobie to its label. His first album for that company, produced by Muscle Shoals legend Rick Hall at Fame Recording Studios, was to be named Sharing The Night Together. But the pace at which Infinity moved in getting its organization into place afforded Dr. Hook’s version of the song to gain a substantial foothold. The rest, as they say, is history.
    Still the album, re-named Midnight Diamond, proves to be an impressive piece of work. The Muscle Shoals Horns, with arrangements by Harrison Calloway, is at its best and Gray has never been in better form. The album received considerable acceptance in parts of Europe and in South Africa but, in the U.S., Infinity Records proved to be all too finite. Gray’s second album for the label, Dobie Gray, was released in 1979 but the Infinity label by then was all but kaput!
    Standouts: "Miss You Nights" / "Sharing The Night Together"/ "Who’s Lovin’ You" / "I’ll Be Your Hold Me Tight" / "Let This Man Take Hold Of Your Life."
    Selections from Midnight Diamond can be found on compilation CDs from MCA Records, and on Dobie Gray:His Very Best, from Razor & Tie Records of New York.

From Where I Stand (Capitol EMI America Records /1986)
    Following a seven year hiatus, spent mostly writing songs, Gray teamed up with prominent Nashville Producer Harold Shedd. He resurfaced with what everyone expected would be, and what should’ve been, a crowning achievement.
    "From Where I Stand" is Gray at his finest. The first single, That’s One To Grow On, written by Jerry Fuller, couldn’t have been more Dobie if it had been tailored especially for him. The song entered the charts in the high 60's and climbed for about three weeks. "What happened after that is anybody’s guess," says Gray, "but it sure as hell wasn’t my country fans, because I still get many requests for it during performances. I suspect its demise came about due to the still-existing state of country radio and its aversion to African-American artists participating in country music, Charley Pride notwithstanding."
    Some industry insiders agree. The assertion does seem to have the ring of truth, in that Gray can reel off an impressive number of "firsts" which went on to become well known songs by lesser (and some better) known artists. "The saving grace," says Gray, "is that I was a composer on a number of those songs."
    Gray’s second album for the label, Love’s Talkin', produced by Larry Butler, was a qualified effort but lacked the vitality of "From Where I Stand."





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