Thanks to one Mr. Gavin Edwards and others like him, I now know that I’m not alone in thinking that Dobie Gray was singing Give me the Beach Boys and free my soul… For quite awhile, I just thought the singer who was part of “The In Crowd” was also just a real big fan of surf rock (I mean, who isn’t?).
Turns out Mr. Gray is just a fan of comma-ed punctuation in his lyrics: Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul… I’m sure anyone can see why six-year-old Julie was confused.*
This disordered auditory processing has birthed some pretty silly musical parodies (OOOoh, I smell another Theme Week!), but it’s also led me to make a list of songs about other singers. While “Drift Away” wouldn’t technically be on the list, I’m still including a link below because, gosh darn it, it’s a good song (See, Dobie? I like commas, too!).
This week I bring to you: Singers Singing About Other Singers! Stay tuned, and as always, feel free to leave suggestions!
“Drift Away” / Dobie Gray (1973)
*See also: Sixteen-year-old Julie