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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, 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. 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 announced they were returning to the studio for an album of their greatest hits, recorded with star country singers including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown, Sara Evans, and Chris Young, among others. On board for the project were Simmons, Johnston, and McFee, plus Michael McDonald as well. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

Long Train Running was our wedding song back in 1975!
Brings back old memmerys
ljmiller7
What does a fool believe?
1045543h
Love this song
Men I love this guy's so much there music is one of the best in the world
I love the Doobie Brothers
This is what I love...Micha e l McDonald. So Sexy
Oh yeah. I could let this music play all day.
Nice
Listen to the Music, Jesus is Just Alright, Rockin' Down the Highway, Long Train Runnin', China Grove, Black Water, Takin' It to the Streets.
If you like eagles try Jackson Browne
I love there music
Doobies when I was young....... T h e memories of a teen
Hi pandora is nice to listening to your music
This is what I need right now. Let the music play!
bigntal
I still love the Doobies!
also like 2Pac
Without love where would you be now?
Cat Stevens sounded great on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2014
Lake Mayfield
cuffychamber l a i n
i used to love the doobies
those who don't know about pandora, tell your friends, they will thank you
Pandora wakes me up each morning, good oldie goodies
YEA FOR PANDORA, RATED UP THERE!!!! keep up the good work
missgeeinfl1
I just discover pandora yesterday and it is a great way to enjoy whatever my music taste is one has. Way to go!

Gee
greggers37
The concert was the best time ever!!
YEA BABY THIS RITE
this reminds me of my days on a 1948 Harley Davidson and love ins at Griffith Park Los Angeles
Hands down this is one Doobie Brothers greatest songs. Listen to the Music!
johnmargie6
Michael McDonald made lots of well known groups popular because of his vocals.
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday however if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading don't stop this is scary put this on five songs in 143 min when done press f6 and lovers name Will pop up on screen
Thing freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out if you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
I think a Doobie Brothers song was playing every day I was in High School. Not a bad soundtrack.
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!
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