Soul singer Dobie Gray dies aged 71

Uncle Kracker, Timbaland and Tim Burgess pay tribute to the late singer

Soul singer Dobie Gray has passed away.

Gray, who was best known for his 1973 single ‘Drift Away’, died yesterday (December 6) at the age of 71.

There are currently no details of the singer’s cause of death, with the news of his passing revealed via a short announcement on his official website

Gray released 14 hit singles over a 24-year period including 1965 single ‘The In-Crowd’, 1979’s ‘You Can Do It’ and ‘Drift Away’, which sold over one million copies and remains a staple of many radio stations’ playlists.

Uncle Kracker, who released a cover of ‘Drift Away’ in 2003, paid tribute to the singer, tweeting: “My heart goes out to Dobie’s family this evening. RIP Dobie Gray. Thank you for the music. You will not be forgotten”.

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess also offered his condolences, tweeting: “Sad to hear of the death of Dobie Gray. Out on the floor. Rest in peace.”

Hip-hop producer Timbaland also paid tribute to Gray, simply writing: “RIP Dobie Gray”.