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The Doobie Brothers

As one of the most popular California pop/rock bands of the '70s, the Doobie Brothers evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop band by the end of the decade. Along the way, the group racked up a string of gold and platinum albums in the U.S., along with a number of radio hits like "Listen to the Music," "Black Water," and "China Grove."

The roots of the Doobie Brothers lie in Pud, a short-lived California country-rock band in the vein of Moby Grape featuring guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston and drummer John Hartman. After Pud collapsed in 1969, the pair began jamming with bassist Dave Shogren and guitarist Patrick Simmons. Eventually, the quartet decided to form a group, naming themselves the Doobie Brothers after a slang term for marijuana. Soon, the Doobies earned a strong following throughout Southern California, especially among Hell's Angels, and they were signed to Warner Bros. in 1970. The band's eponymous debut was ignored upon its 1971 release. Following its release, Shogren was replaced by Tiran Porter and the group added a second drummer, Michael Hossack, for 1972's Toulouse Street. Driven by the singles "Listen to the Music" and "Jesus Is Just Alright," Toulouse Street became the group's breakthrough. The Captain and Me (1973) was even more successful, spawning the Top Ten hits "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove."

Keith Knudsen replaced Hossack as the group's second drummer for 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, which launched their first number one single, "Black Water," and featured heavy contributions from former Steely Dan member Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. Baxter officially joined the Doobie Brothers for 1975's Stampede. Prior to the album's spring release, Johnston was hospitalized with a stomach ailment and was replaced for the supporting tour by keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, who had also worked with Steely Dan. Although it peaked at number four, Stampede wasn't as commercially successful as its three predecessors, and the group decided to let McDonald and Baxter, who were now official Doobies, revamp the band's light country-rock and boogie.

The new sound was showcased on 1976's Takin' It to the Streets, a collection of light funk and jazzy pop that resulted in a platinum album. Later that year, the group released the hits compilation The Best of the Doobies. In 1977, they released Livin' on the Fault Line, which was successful without producing any big hits. Johnston left the band after the album's release to pursue an unsuccessful solo career. Following his departure, the Doobies released their most successful album, Minute by Minute (1978), which spent five weeks at number one on the strength of the number one single "What a Fool Believes." Hartman and Baxter left the group after the album's supporting tour, leaving the Doobie Brothers as McDonald's backing band.

Following a year of auditions, the Doobies hired ex-Clover guitarist John McFee, session drummer Chet McCracken, and former Moby Grape saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus, and released One Step Closer (1980), a platinum album that produced the Top Ten hit "Real Love." During the tour for One Step Closer, McCracken was replaced by Andy Newmark. Early in 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced they were breaking up after a farewell tour, which was documented on the 1983 live album Farewell Tour. After the band's split, McDonald pursued a successful solo career, while Simmons released one unsuccessful solo record. In 1987, the Doobies reunited for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which quickly became a brief reunion tour; McDonald declined to participate in the tour.

By 1989, the early-'70s lineup of Johnston, Simmons, Hartman, Porter, and Hossack, augmented by percussionist and former Doobies roadie Bobby LaKind, had signed a contract with Capitol Records. Their reunion album, Cycles, went gold upon its summer release in 1989, spawning the Top Ten hit "The Doctor." Brotherhood followed two years later, but it failed to generate much interest. For the remainder of the '90s, the group toured the U.S., playing the oldies circuit and '70s revival concerts. By 1995, McDonald had joined the group again, and the following year saw the release of Rockin' Down the Highway. But the lineup had once again shifted by the turn of the new millennium. In 2000, the band -- Hossack, Johnston, Knudsen, McFee, and Simmons -- issued Sibling Rivalry, which featured touring members Guy Allison on keyboards, Marc Russo on saxophone, and Skylark on bass. The late-'70s incarnation of the band -- Simmons, Johnston, McFee, and Hossack (with Michael McDonald guesting on one track) -- reunited once again to put out World Gone Crazy in 2010. The band-assisted documentary Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers followed in 2012, the same year Hossack died of cancer.

In early 2014, the Doobie Brothers -- this time featuring McDonald, Johnston, Simmons, and McFee -- announced they were returning to the studio to record an album filled with country versions of their greatest hits, featuring such Nashville stars as Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown, Sara Evans, and Chris Young. Called Southbound, the album appeared in November. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Southbound

1. Black Water (Feat. Zac Brown Band)

2. Listen To The Music (Feat. Blake Shelton & Hunter Hayes)

3. What A Fool Believes (Feat. Sara Evans)

4. Long Train Runnin' (Feat. Toby Keith & Huey Lewis)

5. China Grove (Feat. Chris Young)

6. Takin' It To The Streets (Feat. Love And Theft)

7. Jesus Is Just Alright (Feat. Casey James)

8. Rockin' Down The Highway (Feat. Brad Paisley)

9. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me) (Feat. Tyler Farr)

10. South City Midnight Lady (Feat. Jerrod Niemann)

11. You Belong To Me (Feat. Amanda Sudano Ramirez Of The Band Johnnyswim & Vince Gill)

12. Nobody Intro

13. Nobody (Feat. Charlie Worsham)

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Track List: World Gone Crazy (Deluxe Version)

Disc 1

1. A Brighter Day

2. Chateau

3. Nobody

4. World Gone Crazy

5. Far From Home

6. Young Man's Game

8. My Baby

9. Old Juarez

11. Law Dogs

12. Little Prayer

13. New York Dream

Disc 2
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Track List: Greatest Hits Doobie Brothers

1. Listen To The Music

2. Jesus Is Just Alright

3. Rockin' Down The Highway

4. Long Train Runnin'

5. Without You

6. China Grove

7. Nobody

8. Black Water

9. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)

10. It Keeps You Runnin'

11. Takin' It To The Streets

12. You Belong To Me

13. Echoes Of Love

14. What A Fool Believes

15. Minute By Minute

16. Dependin' On You

17. One Step Closer

18. Real Love

19. The Doctor

20. Dangerous

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Track List: Sibling Rivalry

1. People Gotta Love Again

2. Leave My Heartache Behind

3. Ordinary Man

4. Jericho

5. On Every Corner

6. Angels Of Madness

7. 45th Floor

8. Can't Stand To Lose

9. Higher Ground

10. Gates Of Eden

11. Don't Be Afraid

12. Rocking Horse

13. Five Corners

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Track List: Best Of The Doobies Vol 2

1. Little Darling (I Need You)

2. Echoes Of Love

3. You Belong To Me

4. One Step Closer

5. What A Fool Believes

6. Dependin' On You

7. Here To Love You

8. One By One

9. Real Love

10. Minute By Minute

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Track List: Minute By Minute

1. Here To Love You

2. What A Fool Believes

3. Minute By Minute

4. Dependin' On You

5. Don't Stop To Watch The Wheels

6. Open Your Eyes

7. Sweet Feelin'

8. Steamer Lane Breakdown

9. You Never Change

10. How Do The Fools Survive?

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Track List: Livin' On The Fault Line

1. You're Made That Way

2. Echoes Of Love

3. Little Darling (I Need You)

4. You Belong To Me

5. Livin' On The Fault Line

6. Nothin' But A Heartache

7. Chinatown

8. There's A Light

9. Need A Lady

10. Larry The Logger Two-Step

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Track List: Best Of The Doobies

1. China Grove

2. Long Train Runnin'

3. Takin' It To The Streets

4. Listen To The Music

5. Black Water

6. Rockin' Down The Highway

7. Jesus Is Just Alright

8. It Keeps You Runnin'

9. South City Midnight Lady

10. Take Me In Your Arms

11. Without You

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Track List: Stampede

1. Sweet Maxine

2. Neal's Fandango

3. Texas Lullaby

4. Music Man

5. Slat Key Soquel Rag

6. Take Me In Your Arms

7. I Cheat The Hangman

8. Precis

9. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues

10. I Been Workin' On You

11. Double Dealin' Four Flusher

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Track List: What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

1. Song To See You Through

2. Spirit

4. Black Water

5. Eyes Of Silver

6. Road Angel

7. You Just Can't Stop It

8. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)

9. Down In The Track

10. Another Park, Another Sunday

11. Daughters Of The Sea

12. Flying Cloud

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Track List: Toulouse Street

1. Listen To The Music

2. Rockin' Down The Highway

3. Mamaloi

4. Toulouse Street

6. Don't Start Me To Talkin'

7. Jesus Is Just Alright

8. White Sun

9. Disciple

10. Snake Man

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Track List: Black Water (Single)

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Track List: Far From Home / World Gone Crazy (Radio Edit)

1. Far From Home

2. World Gone Crazy

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Track List: Live At Wolf Trap

1. Rockin' Down the Highway

2. Jesus Is Just Alright

3. Dangerous

4. Another Park, Another Sunday

5. Steamer Lane Breakdown

6. South City Midnight Lady

7. Snake Man

8. Five Corners

9. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues

10. Clear As the Driven Snow

11. Don't Start Me Talkin'

12. Take Me in Your Arms

13. Little Bitty Pretty One

14. Black Water

15. Long Train Runnin'

16. China Grove

17. Listen to the Music

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Track List: Nobody (Radio Edit) (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Captain And Me

1. Natural Thing

2. Long Train Runnin'

3. China Grove

4. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman

5. Clear As The Driven Snow

6. Without You

7. South City Midnight Lady

8. Evil Woman

9. Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners

10. Ukiah

11. The Captain And Me

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I want to listen to the music you will feel good in my arms I can only use one hand right now because of my freak accident I dislocated my shoulder you will make me feel better my Mike your mimi
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Simply the best....Lyri c s definitely cover that once-in-life t i m e place of something to cherish....A m b r o s i a knocked it out of the park. 'Always makes me smile.
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Dang sure do miss the doobie ( it's been a while
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70's music is the best!
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I really don't care what my wife and kids say, this is the music that drove me and everyone else back then and still do! Today's music, yea, will be around a couple of years and bye bye! Long live classic rock!!!!
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Hi! from the doobie brother state of OR.
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Was the favorite band of the hells angels
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I do believe in you I won't run away anymore never gone away Mimi
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Yeah man, let's get on down and dance!!
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Which Doobie do you be?? What's Happening, circa 1980!!!
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NOW!!!!THIS IS 1 reason i returned to CALIFORNIA in the eighties. After i was honorably dischared from U.S.Armed Services.... . . j u s t a good listen!
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Yes, worm....we do...❤
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We meet again zorro
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DOOBIE DOOBIE DO.....SING IT DOOBIES....E X C E L L A N T
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Great dance band. Kids now a days just think its great to sit around and bemoan their fate, instead of enjoying their youth. Wake up sluggards. It could be worse, you couldn't have the ability to get up and dance or anything else for that matter.
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Taking it to the Streets!!!
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Yeah, Listen to the MUSIC!!!
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After Pud collapsed in 69....LOL!
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Silly girl !
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They chopped out the guitar solo?
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That song together with many great others, Belong to me because are deep in my soul!!!
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Now Playing: What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers on Full Frequency Radio #Wednesday #music
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Attended my second cousin's wedding recently and was so grateful to hear that she and her age group listened to some of the same sounds I did while growing up. Me near 60 and her and her husband mid 20's. Had a great time and danced the night away.
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we will dance the blues away mimi
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music will heal ourselves even better mimi
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Ya'll have good taste.
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Take Me In Your Arms.
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Grew up with the Doobies and saw them many times in the 70's. Great, great memories.... . .
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Keeps you runnin' .... you gotta love it.
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What the people need is a way to make them smile. It ain't so hard to do if you know how

When you get a minute, think on that!
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Albums 1 - 5 are genius. Then again after the reunion Sibling Rivalry to present good stuff. Southbound was good to see their stuff done with a country bent.
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I dig their Vibe.......V e r y Well Done...I believe..... & . . . . . I Ain't No....FOOL!! ! X X X X O O X X O O O X X O O O
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