My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

In Memoriam: Mark Gray (1952-2016)

Singer/Songwriter Mark Gray has passed, aged 64. The onetime member of Exile wrote ‘The Closer You Get,’ which was recorded by Alabama and hit #1 in 1983. Another notable recording, ‘Sometimes When We Touch’ paired him with last month’s spotlight artist Tammy Wynette. The song peaked at #6 in 1985. It would be her final Top Ten charting single. His biggest solo single, “Please Be Love” peaked at #7 the same year.


4 responses to “In Memoriam: Mark Gray (1952-2016)

  1. Hard Times December 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Just noting it apparently was Mark Gray who died, not David Gray.

  2. Jacob December 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Marks daughter and I were in a band together for years and he was always very kind and helpful. I have fond memories of him being at band practice giving me tips on guitar sounds and how to sing harmony well.

  3. Paul W Dennis December 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Columbia considered Mark Gray as one of their hottest prospects about the same time that RCA was promoting Vince Gill. Both were fine singers, good songwriters and had recently left successful groups. In neither case did the anticipated success materialize, although Vince eventually broke through with another label

    I liked Mark’s first album MAGIC

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