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The Doobie Brothers

(1970-1982, 1988-)
The Doobie Brothers
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-

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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.

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Both incarnations of the band have their qualities. As for the downhill part, I think that happened by the end of the 1970's when the harder drugs came into prominence. The band needed a break by the early 1980's. "What A Fool Believes" is one of my all-time favorite songs by the group as is "China Grove" and "Long Train Running".
- Dana, Woodbury, MN, MN
The Doobie Brothers were the greatest with Johnston and Simmons paired together. McDonald added a few good tunes but nothing beats the original.
- Kevin, Cowan, TN
Uh, Actually...Hartman was a cop north of SF for a while after he left the band.
- Tom, La Grange, CA
The Doobie Brothers are awesome
- AJ, Cleveland, GA
The Doobie Brothers are one of the greatest bands in the seventies and maybe of all time. What A Fool Believes is one of the best singles that the Doobie Brothers has ever recorded. It's one of the greatest singles of all time. I like the Doobie Brothers when they had Micheal McDonald in the group. That's when they were propelled to superstardom when they had him.
- Malik, Philadelphia, PA
Another awesome band of the 70's. IMO,when they recorded the "Captain and Me" and "what were once vices are now habits" there was'nt a better band at the time. Then they brought in Michael Mcdonald and it when downhill from that point.Still the albums mentioned are a great listen.
- Don, Pittsburgh, PA
Original group is from the Dallas,Tex area. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is listed as a guitarist but his forte is the pedal steel guitar.
- David, Lubbock, TX
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