The Doobie Brothers (1970-1982, 1988-)
Tom Johnston (vocals, guitar) 1970-1977, 1988-
John Hartman (drums) 1970-1979, 1988-
Patrick Simmons (guitar, vocals) 1970-
Dave Shogren (bass) 1970-1971
Tiran Porter (bass) 1971-
Michael Hossack (drums) 1971-1973, 1988-
Keith Knudsen (drums) 1973-1982
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (guitar) 1974-1979
Michael McDonald (vocals, keyboards) 1975-1982
John McFee (guitar) 1979-1982
Chet McCracken (drums) 1979-1982
Cornelius Bumpus (sax, keyboards) 1979-1982
Bobby LaKind (percussion) 1988-
Artistfacts®: You can leave comments about the artist/band at the bottom of the page.
McDonald was brought in when Johnston fell ill and could not tour in 1975. He and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter both recorded with Steely Dan. (thanks, Darrell - Kalkaska, MI)
The Doobie Brothers from 1970 to 1975 featured most vocals from Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons. The band was more Rock-oriented and was heard on what is now known on Classic Rock stations. From 1976 to 1982 the band had a new lead singer in Michael McDonald who turned the band more towards Blue-Eyed Soul. (thanks, Mark - La Habra, CA)
In a 1986 Los Angeles Times poll, the Doobie Brothers were the band that readers most wanted to reunite, behind Led Zeppelin.
A benefit concert they played for the Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation at the Hollywood Bowl in 1987 was the fastest show to sell out there since the Beatles played in the mid-1960s.
Despite their multitude of members, the Brothers began as a trio.
Johnston and Hartman met each other through mutual friend and Moby Grape guitarist Skip Spence. They wanted to emulate that band. Future sax player Bumpus was in a late version of Moby Grape.
The new band's name, suggested by a friend (apparently as a joke), was taken from a slang term for a marijuana joint. "Doobie" was a popular word in California culture. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA)
Baxter and McDonald had been with Steely Dan. They joined the Doobies when they shifted their focus from touring to studio work.
Hartman left the band to tend his California ranch.
LaKind was a Doobie Brothers lighting man before joining the band. He died of cancer in 1992.
McFee and Knudsen joined Country group Southern Pacific with Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook.
Reverend Horton Heat
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
Andy McClusky of OMD
Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.
The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks
and how she captured a song from a dream.
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root
Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.