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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 hit "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, the group 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

I think a Doobie Brothers song was playing every day I was in High School. Not a bad soundtrack.
lashaerich
I love them
This was an excellent picture from above the drummers and the rest of the band and captured the audience all in one shot. They don't make 'em like they used to, that's for sure.
@adamgarth really? REALLY???
Doobie Brothers suck.
Such a soulful song.... You Belong To Me
Good music
this is music
Don't want to die, smoke a doobie, and listen to more Doobie Brothers, and you'll be o.k.
Don't want to die yet?Listen to more Doobie Brothers !!!
some songs 4 every1

cdickey52
im posting what john hall said I don't want to die yet
I can't wait to see them perform in concert this summer in Boston. So excited.
AAHH Captain and me...fantast i c album...
How can you forget eyes of silver ? A great overlooked song
The Bio makes mention of the popularity of the band amongst the Hells Angels; I read once that the name Doobie Brothers was bequeathed to the band by the infamous MC due to the fact that they got high together during breaks in the band's sets, and the HA always said the bothers rolled the biggest doobies they'd ever seen!!!!!!
I love this song.
Poor little lamb!!!
Well.... Medical Mary Jane it's not for everyone,he or she should be put in a home,were they could be cared for.
Who is this taniahalaby1 2 idiot? C'mon Pandora, lift your game, we don't need clowns of his/her/it's ilk running amok on these sites!
Always AWESOME
With their name, they should have named at least one of their compilation albums... The Best Doobies Ever or The Greatest Doobie Hits of All Time or like that... instead of the same ol' best of or greatest hits... JMHO. I can never choose between Black Water, and Listen to the Music as my favorite, but there are so many great songs in these albums!
Love Michael McDonalds voice... Thats one smooth voiced cat!
epic in all shapes and sizes...alwa y s was always will be :)
love
Doobie brothers .san Fran California.. l i s t e n to music.
Great song that takes me back to simple times full of great music. Lots of talent here!
Loove this song...a top play in my CD play list, no matter if anyone else gets my love for Micheal McDonald or not.
Dug the Doobie's from day one - Drive the neighbours nuts when I crank-up 'Dangerous'. . . . . p e a s a n t s ! ! !
Cool
Still good 2 hear from the doooobs
Love Michael McDonald. .
"vices" one incredible album!
Puffing on a "doobiie" while listening to thee Doobie's. Great.
Smooooth!
VERY Cool!!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started so don't stop. This is so scary put this on a least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
johnmargie6
No mistaken' the best ever!
Luvvvvvv this side....
Great band, seen them 6 times in concert from 1977 to 2009
Whenever I hear the Doobie's it reminds me of my Dad waking me up early on the weekends. He loved this band, and it's grown on me over the years.
julasze
One of my all time favorite bands...Blac k Water and Dark Eyed Cajun Woman are just two of my many favorites.
The vocals on What a Fool Believes are Boston good
I agree with you Donnetta..Lo v e that song.
What a fool believe greatest Doobie Brother song ever
Wheel in the sky keeps on turning
Man this takes me back to rollerskatin g at the beach in San Diego as a kid......
These guys always put a smile on my face...
Grew up listening to the doobies. Their songs always remind me of good times.
Worked with them recently, great people!
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