Chart Performance: Pop (#14); 1977
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Yes, there was a real-life Marshall Tucker, however, the only part he played in the “Band” involved his name. Tucker – a blind piano tuner – merely rented the same space that the South Carolina boys used for rehearsal. The actual membership of the MTB centered on brothers Toy and Tommy Caldwell. Both bounced around the Spartanburg music scene for years before finally pooling their talents in Toy Factory. The band’s first big gig was opening for the Allman Brothers Band on a swing through the Southeast. Later, Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie became a big Toy Factory booster and helped the now-named Marshall Tucker Band score a label deal. The MTB’s first four releases went gold, three reached the album Top 40, and the fourth spun off the #38 single Fire On The Mountain. Toy Caldwell’s most successful composition, Heard It In A Love Song, hit #14 in 1977. The Tuckers were still going strong in 1980, when Tommy was killed in a car accident; effectively ending the group’s career.
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- Paul Hornsby
Lyrics Written by:
- Toy Caldwell