The three-CD package "From Where I Stand" highlights the contributions blacks have made to country music. Five of the artists in the package are pictured during a gathering in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 4, 1998. From left, are Dobie Gray, Big Al Downing, Aaron Neville, Charlie Pride and Cleve Francis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
December 7, 2011 8:51:50 PM PST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - December 7, 2011 --
Dobie Gray was more than a smooth balladeer who recorded the timeless hit "Drift Away" in 1973.