Mark Eugene Gray – October 24, 1952 – December 2, 2016

In Memory of

Mark Eugene Gray

October 24, 1952 – December 2, 2016

Singer/songwriter Mark Gray was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on October 24, 1952, where he began singing gospel music and learned to play piano. Later, he became a finalist on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.

While singing with the Revelations, he was spotted by the Oak Ridge Boys, who asked Gray to join their publishing company and appear on their tours.

From there he joined Exile, in 1979, where he co-wrote with J.P. Pennington, “Take Me Down” (1982) and “The Closer You Get” (1983), which became major hits for Alabama. In 1981 Gray became a solo artist and released 3 albums with CBS which earned him 4 Top Ten Hits. Gray was also well known for his duet with Tammy Wynette, “Sometimes When We Touch”.mark-eugene-gray-diamond-in-the-dust

Gray’s solo career includes three albums and eight Top 40 country hits, of which the highest-peaking is the No. 6 Tammy Wynette duet “Sometimes When We Touch“, a cover of the Dan Hill song. Gray also co-wrote “Take Me Down” and “The Closer You Get“, both of which were originally recorded by Exile and later became Number One hits for Alabama. Other songs that Gray co-wrote include “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy” for Janie Fricke and “Second Hand Heart” for Gary Morris.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-7 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service. The Funeral Service, conducted by Pastor Danny Sellars, is 11 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2016 in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home. Interment in Learned, Mississippi. Arrangement by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN 615.444.9393.

 

Visitation

Mark Gray performs at a Tommy Jett Reunion

Mark Gray performs at a Tommy Jett Reunion

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sellars Funeral Home (Lebanon)

313 West Baddour Parkway

Lebanon, Tennessee, United States

37087

Visitation

10:00 am – 11:00 am Monday, December 5, 2016

Sellars Funeral Home (Lebanon)

313 West Baddour Parkway

Lebanon, Tennessee, United States

37087

Funeral Service

11:00 am Monday, December 5, 2016

Sellars Funeral Home (Lebanon)

313 West Baddour Parkway

Lebanon, Tennessee, United States

37087

mark-eugene-gray-map-and-directions

Map and Directions

 

 

His obituary can be found at: 

http://sellarsfuneralservices.com/tribute/details/6349/Mark-Gray/obituary.html#tribute-start

SONGS

Mark Gray – It Ain’t Real (If It Ain’t You)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoDDXBtBoL0

 

Mark Gray- Left Side Of The Bed

https://youtu.be/4lNtaWKNJXk

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