April 8, 2009

Mod-A-Day: Dobie Gray

Here's some serious soul music, "Out on the Floor" by Dobie Gray. Gray had his first hit with the top 20 song "The In Crowd" in 1965, but is probably best known for his international mega hit 1974's "Drift Away". Still, for soul fans it will always be "Out on the Floor" and "The In Crowd" both of which are terrific dance numbers. "Out on the Floor" was never a hit in the US, and really wasn't a hit at all. But, in the mid to late 70s it became a northern soul cult classic thanks to heavy play at Wigan Casino and other UK soul clubs.

Dobe Gray -- Out on the Floor

Here's a little bonus. This is the only video I could find of Dobie doing "The In Crowd" on an episode of Shindig. (I guess this is actually a big bonus because the video also contains a wild clip of Zsa Zsa Gabor --that's right dahling-- doing a groovy number of her own.)

Dobie Gray -- The In Crowd