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Dobie Gray Sings for In Crowders That Go Go-Go

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For more than four decades Dobie Gray's distinctive voice has graced record charts all over the world. It is not an understatement to say that he is a singer's singer - a songwriter's songwriter. From 1965's "The In Crowd" to "Drift Away" and "Loving Arms," Dobie has demonstrated his wide-ranging musical tastes. But, as great as the songs are, what really set them apart from so many other great songs was...that voice!

"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-60s. 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 That Go Go-Go - was the first of Gray's works which featured songs co-authored by the singer, and fellow Texan, Jimmy Georgantones, including stellar fare like the ballad "Walk with Love," and more upbeat numbers "Mr. Engineer" and "Broken in Two." "See You A The Go Go," which served as 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.

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