The person who gave the Marshall Tucker Band their title died at age 99 on Jan. 20.
The Southern rock pioneers selected their moniker from a random discovery quickly after they’d fashioned in 1972, as they confirmed in a social media put up.
“We’re saddened to listen to of the passing of somebody very particular to our hearts, for very apparent causes,” the put up learn. “Our band’s namesake, Mr. Marshall Tucker, handed away peacefully yesterday morning on the age of 99. Although he was by no means a member of our band, we wouldn’t be right here right now with out his historic title.”
It continued: “Within the early days after we had been rehearsing in an previous warehouse in Spartanburg, we discovered a keychain inscribed along with his title. We wanted a reputation ASAP… and the remainder is historical past! Marshall was blind since delivery however amazingly might play the heck out of the piano. He at all times mentioned his expertise was merely God-given. He tuned pianos in South Carolina for many years. We’re grateful for Mr. Marshall Tucker and the life he lived! Sending blessings to his spouse and household.”
Frontman Doug Grey, the group’s solely remaining unique member, has defined on many events that the group hadn’t realized Marshall Tucker was a person, assuming the keychain referred to an organization that owned or leased the warehouse they used for rehearsal.
In a 2020 interview, Tucker himself mentioned he’d used the premises for tuning pianos and handed the keychain in when he moved out, and hadn’t identified in regards to the band utilizing his title at first. “I used to be at a good friend’s home and the good friend advised me he noticed I used to be going to be taking part in tonight,” he defined. “I mentioned, ‘No I’m not going to be taking part in – I’m simply sitting right here with you.’” He added: “In a approach, my title has been so far as Russia. My mom at all times advised me, ‘Son, your title will go additional than your face,’ and that’s for certain.”
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