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The Marshall Tucker Band

Music | July 30, 2018

Photo of MARSHALL TUCKER BAND UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of MARSHALL TUCKER BAND; B&W Posed, (Photo by Charlie Gillett Collection/Redferns)

The Marshall Tucker Band is a group that emerged in 1972. The group hailed from Spartanburg, South Carolina and was known for their brand of music that incorporated blues, country and jazz, making for a unique and eclectic sound.

The Marshall Tucker Band was instrumental in establishing the popularity of Southern rock in the '70s.

The iconic band was in its heyday in the '70s with the original line up of Toy Caldwell (lead guitarist, vocalist and primary songwriter), Doug Gray (lead vocalist), Jerry Eubanks (keyboard player, saxophone player and flautist), George McCorkle (rhythm guitarist), Paul Riddle (drummer) and Tommy Caldwell (bassist). Surprisingly and impressively, The Marshall Tucker band was signed with Capricorn, a big record label, the year they formed the group.

1973 was the year the group released their first L.P. entitled simply, The Marshall Tucker Band.

Marshall Tucker wasn’t a member of the band but was, in fact, a blind piano tuner.

It is interesting to note that the band’s name is somewhat curious in that no one in the band was ever named Marshall Tucker. Marshall Tucker was actually a blind piano tuner. One of the original band members had found a key ring with his name on it in a place they had been using for their rehearsals. Without a formal name, that seemed as good as any and that is how The Marshall Tucker Band got its name. Tucker, reportedly, was just fine with the group using his name as long as they treated it with integrity.

Doug Gray is the only remaining member of the original Marshall Tucker Band lineup.

Of the original lineup, Doug Gray is the lone remainder. Tommy Caldwell, Toy Caldwell and George McCorkle have all passed away. Paul Riddle and Jerry Eubanks have since retired.

Over the course of their career, The Marshall Tucker Band has produced 5 gold and 4 platinum albums.

The band has released 23 studio albums, 4 live albums and 11 compilation albums throughout its successful career.  Additionally, The Marshall Tucker Band has released 28 singles including some all-time favorites like Can’t You See, Heard it in a Love Song, Dream Lover, Long Hard Ride, Silverado and Still Holdin’ On.

The Marshall Tucker Band has been a musical mainstay from the early '70s through the MTV era and is still making that sweet, sweet music we grew up loving.

When the group first emerged in the early '70s, music videos weren’t even on our radar yet. This talented group was somewhat of an American staple in Southern rock and roll and has stood the test of time; ultimately making it to the era of the MTV music video scene and beyond; having made 7 music videos to date.

The iconic band has been one of the most successful Southern rock bands in American music history, without a doubt. There are many that think The Marshall Tucker Band has earned their spot and deserve a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group has been eligible for this distinction for years now and many pleas have been made for their induction. At the moment, they are not included in the exclusive club, but fans are holding out hope that one day they will get that distinction they so deserve.

The fact of the matter is that there are very few Southern rock bands on the rolls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but The Marshall Tucker Band is certainly deserving and may well be the next one in line.    

Throughout the years the band has forged on with various lineups but has always managed to keep the momentum going. The Marshall Tucker Band’s current lineup includes Doug Gray, Marcus James Henderson, Chris Hicks, Rick Willis, Tony Black and B.B. Borden.   

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Rebeka Knott

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Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.