Luckily, there were labels waiting in line to sign us.”. He and his wife Abbie married in 1969. Although Riddle went along with the decision, after the band’s first gig with Wilkie he went to his hotel room and wept. After the Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker were definitely among Southern rock’s most country-orientated exponents, but its eight songs somehow distilled their melting pot of rock, country, jazz and blues, overlaid with Gray’s extremely soulful vocals. The Marshall Tucker band are currently on tour. Guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the country-western group the Marshall Tucker Band. Doug and Jerry wanted to keep the name and they offered me a lot of money to stay. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, “But we always loved the diversity of instruments that this band uses.”. Reference: Wikipedia, IMDb, Onthisday. Everyone who was anyone was there – movie stars, celebrities, whoever. “They would throw these picnic-style parties that sometimes went on for days. “I love inviting younger members of the audience onto stage to sing Can’t You See,” reveals Gray. © After Capricorn went bust in 1979, the Marshall Tucker Band were picked up by Warner Brothers for the following year’s Running Like The Wind. He named his band after the piano tuner who owned the rehearsal hall where they practiced. He picked up guitar when he was a child. Nearly five decades after their formation, a permutation of the group continues to perform on stage and make new music. Sadly, in April 1980, bassist and frontman Tommy Caldwell was killed by injuries sustained in a freak road accident. Musicians Toy Caldwell Jr. Net Worth Toy Caldwell Jr. Net Worth 2020, Age, Height, Relationships, Married, Dating, Family, Wiki Biography Toy was also the older brother of The Marshall Tucker Band co-founder and bass player Tommy Caldwell, who had passed away in an automobile accident on April 28, 1980, at the age of 30. “I will do this until the day I die,” he predicts, followed by a rueful chuckle: “So if you want to see us, y’all might want to hurry up a little.”. The Marshall Tucker Band played at the inauguration of Jimmy Carter. Just as Spartanburg is renowned for its rural simplicity, the band – completed by guitarists Toy Caldwell and George McCorkle, bassist Tommy Caldwell and drummer Paul T Riddle – met at high school, and even at the peak of their fame they rejected a move to a more fashionable power base of the music industry. Black Stone Cherry are the latest to pay lip service to the 38-year-old song on their 2011 album, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea. We will update soon. “I despised that song,” Gray volunteers cheerily. But they wouldn’t.". I’ve got a big spot in my heart for that band because they encapsulate everything that’s great about the South.”. I told him: ‘I’m gonna kick your ass if you do that again’. But that didn’t stop them having a hell of a good time, "Marshall Tucker is 94 years old and still alive,” marvelled Doug Gray, the straight-talking frontman of the southern rock band that co-opted Tucker’s name, when Classic Rock met him in 2011. Later on, he served in the Marine Corps and was wounded in action. He named his band after the piano tuner who owned the rehearsal hall where they practiced. “I put off recording it for a whole year because even though it’s what we were doing out on the road, its line of: ‘I ain’t never been with a woman long enough for my boots to get old’ was just so stupid. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, (Image credit: Ginny Winn / Getty Images). “Tommy would’ve wanted us to carry on,” Gray believes.