The Marshall Tucker Band
The Marshall Tucker band formed in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972. The original lineup included Doug Gray, Tommy Caldwell, Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks. In 1972, the band signed with Capricorn Records. Within a year they were opening shows for The Allman Brothers Band, and in 1974, they began headlining their own shows, touring constantly across the United States.
In the years following, the band would earn seven gold and three platinum albums with hit songs like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway." They have not only created a huge fan base, but have also influenced major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, and Travis Tritt with their combination of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel.
Over forty-plus years, The Marshall Tucker Band has recorded twenty-two studio albums, three live albums, many compilations, and their music continues to be played on classic rock and country radio stations. Even with the passing of Tommy Caldwell in 1980, Toy Caldwell in 1993, and George McCorkle in 2007, The Marshall Tucker Band has never stopped touring. They have been central to the world of classic rock and country since their beginnings, and important to the lives of their fans. As Doug Gray says, people have gotten "married and buried" to classic Marshall Tucker Band songs like "Desert Skies" and "Can't You See."