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The Marshall Tucker Band is an American Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The band formed in 1972 with founding members Doug Gray, George McCorkle, Paul Riddle, Jerry Eubanks, and brothers Toy and Tommy Caldwell. They soon signed with Capricorn Records and by 1973, had released their first EP, The Marshall Tucker Band.
Compared to Southern rock pioneers and label-mates The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band had more of a country and western feel, with the flute being a key lead instrument in their sound. "Can't You See", "Fire on the Mountain", and "This Ol' Cowboy" are among their songs that received appreciable FM radio airplay, while "Heard It in a Love Song" made it to #14 as a single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977.
Original bassist Tommy Caldwell died in a car crash on April 28, 1980. His brother, guitarist Toy Caldwell, died of heart disease on February 25, 1993.
The Marshall Tucker Band still plays up to 150 shows in a year, and are set to release their new album in June of 2007 entitled "The Next Adventure" on Ramblin Records. Lead singer Doug Gray is the only original member in the current (2007) lineup.
Founding member, guitarist George McCorkle, died of cancer on June 29, 2007 in Lebanon, Tennessee.