THE DOOBIE BROTHERS FACTS:
Members: Michael Hossack, Tom Johnston, John McFee, Patrick Simmons, Guy Allison, Marc Russo, Skylark, Ed Toth
Hometown: San Jose, California
Albums: The Doobie Brothers (1971); Toulouse Street (1972); The Captain and Me (1973); What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974); Stampede (1975); Takin' It to the Streets (1976); Livin' on the Fault Line (1977); Minute by Minute (1978); One Step Closer (1980); Cycles (1989); Brotherhood (1991); Sibling Rivalry (2000); World Gone Crazy (2010)
Awards: 3 Grammys
Hits: "Listen to the Music," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "China Grove," "Black Water," "What a Fool Believes," "Real Love," "The Doctor"
Other: Sold over 30 million albums in the US since the 1970s.
The Doobie Brothers have had a changing lineup ever since the band started recording hits in 1970, but their popularity has always remained. Forty years after their founding, The Doobie Brothers are still recording new music and performing to sold out crowds across the globe.
Drummer John Hartman and guitarist Tom Johnston started performing together in 1969 and laid the groundwork for what would become The Doobie Brothers soon after. The pair was joined by a trio of other musicians and quickly began performing gigs across Northern California. During this time they attracted a strong following of fans and parlayed their popular stage shows into their self-titled debut album in 1971.
Although their first release failed to chart, just a year later their second album, Toulouse Street, proved to be an enormous success. The 1972 album featured a number of classic tunes including "Jesus is Just Alright" and "Listen to the Music." Toulouse Street was also well-received by critics, as it incorporated a pleasing blend of blues, folk and country rock, and remains a beloved album 38 years later.
The Doobie Brothers did not waste any time in getting their next album out, with 1973's The Captain and Me. Much like its predecessor, The Captain and Me included a string of popular hits such as "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Groove."
The band continued its string of hit albums with 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. Thought it was not as prolific as the previous two, the album featured one of the band's most famous songs, "Black Water." The song was the group's first number one hit and helped the album reach multi-platinum status. The Doobie Brothers completed their rigorous decade with four more albums, ended by 1978's Minute by Minute.
With so much time spent churning out records in the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers were absent throughout much of the 1980s and '90s, releasing just four albums over the next two decades. However, they have been increasingly visible in recent years, even providing the halftime show entertainment at the Orange Bowl in 2009. Their most recent studio release, World Gone Crazy
, dropped in September 2010, and despite a changing list of band members, it still features the classic sound that made The Doobie Brothers a household name.