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-
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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.
The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind
, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish
and Siamese Dream
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.