Vietnam veteran Toy Caldwell, with his little brother Tommy, formed Marshall Tucker Band in 1972. Perhaps their biggest hit was the Allman Brothers-esque “Can’t You See”. Like all their songs, it was written by Toy. My favorite version of this track was by Hank Williams Jr. from his terribly-overlooked Hank Willliams Jr. & Friends (1975) album, featuring the Caldwells and recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The album also featured the Toy-penned “Losin’ You” and remains one of my favorite Hank vocal performances.
Tommy died in a Jeep crash in 1980. Toy followed in 1993, reportedly from respiratory complications. Their impact on Southern rock in the ’70s was indelible.
Ad taken from March 13, 1993 issue of Billboard