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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, Rovi
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Comments

such a sexy voice every!!!Lind a
love you angel hioby always nuff said
da 8 track big heads in my GTO! hay you guys out there! (:
Lived the 70s, I remember...
Blue eyed soul! Sexy Song...
My 8 track wore out!!!! Lots if 8 tracks played.
Rmemories of me and mom living in fl
The s**t!
Black water, ect....
I love you doobie brother.
Which doobie you be?
The Doobie Bros. Make my car travels so easy!
One of my favorite song from The Doobie Brothers.
I want the lyrics back!
Log fire = rain
Log fire = rain
ronstanko
Best Doobie Bros song in their catalog !
crespo_mildr e d
Danced this song in the old block parties in the bronx. Given by kiss f.m.
Ahh..what great times...feel s like yesterday. Shotgun!
Listen to the music. Classic
i love the lyrics, too! The wise man has the power to reason away. and He came from somewhere back in her long-ago.
"What a fool believes he sees is always better than nothing...no t h i n g at all." Love the lyrics to this song!
70s rock, one of the best songs. I love the Doobie Brothers. This song makes a person at ease.
ellenclark1
makes Friday afternoon at work do-able.....
Cool jam
I love this song and music
This is the best music
My dad had this song I don't knew if he still have it
I like oldie
Black Watch
My very first concert ever! Aaaaww..
China Grove a classic :)
PISTONS KEEP ON RUNNING-SAW MS LUCY ALONG THE TRACKS!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually work
logicplans
"As she rises to her apology everybody would surely know he's watching her go....what a fool believe the wise man has the power"! Good music!!! Sing Michael McDonald!
They were and still are one of my favorite groups!
That was my time, great time
I don't need them,, thanks,,, that's the LYRICS!! ��
Lmao,,,WHY PANDORA,,, WHY??? Yep it's me,,,
What's happening Rerun take it 2 the street
Love micheal McDonald's voice mmmmm sooo soothing lol
mariacorazon . s m i t h
The Doobie Brothers are good. It's not that we're old, you're music really does suck! P.S. Pull up your pants
The doobie brothers took it "right to the steets on what's HAPPENING" remember,!
johnmargie6
Minute by minute...min u t e by minute....mi n u t e by minute... I keep holding on.......!!! These guys will go on til there are in there 80's
johncmarshjr
who did this in the late 60's or very early 1970's/
A good one
anybody heard of BR Cohn winery?
Bruce is the Doobie Bros manager.
Long Train Running was our wedding song back in 1975!
Brings back old memmerys
ljmiller7
What does a fool believe?
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