May 25, 2022

Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music • TopPop


We highlight this great Toppop video of the Doobie Brothers because of their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last November 2020. They officially entered the Hall of Fame during a special pandemic-era broadcast and streaming event that replaced the annual live induction ceremony. The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California. Active for five decades, with their greatest success in the 1970s, the group’s current lineup consists of founding members Tom Johnston (guitars, vocals) and Patrick Simmons (guitars, vocals), veteran member Michael McDonald (keyboards, vocals), longtime member John McFee (guitars, pedal steel, violin, backing vocals), and touring musicians including John Cowan (bass, vocals), Bill Payne (keyboards), Marc Russo (saxophones), Ed Toth (drums), and Marc Quiñones (percussion).

The band’s history can be roughly divided into three eras. From 1970 to 1975 it featured lead vocalist Johnston and a mainstream rock and roll sound with elements of folk, country and R&B. Johnston quit the group in 1977, and was replaced by Michael McDonald, whose interest in soul music changed the band’s sound until it broke up in 1982 with Simmons being the only constant member having appeared on all of their albums. In 1987, the Doobie Brothers reformed with Johnston back in the fold; McDonald, who had previously made several guest appearances since their reformation, returned to the band full-time in 2019 for their upcoming 50th anniversary tour. Every incarnation of the group has emphasized vocal harmonies.

The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 2, 2020. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Founding members John Hartman and Dave Shogren, Tiran Porter, Michael Hossack, Keith Knudsen and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter are former members of the band. In this video the line up is: Tom Johnston (guitar, vocals) , Patrick Simmons (guitar) , John Hartman (drums), Tiran Porter (bass), Keith Knudsen (drums) and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (guitar) The Doobie Brothers performed on the Warner Brothers Tour in Amsterdam (Jaap Edenhall) on 29 January 1975 and visited the Toppop studios to record this song. This Toppop recording was first broadcast on 7 February 1975.

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