The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers

Blue eyed soul - roots rock band

Formed in San Jose, California, U.S.
They have sold over 40 million units (albums) worldwide throughout their career.
Fronted by Tom Johnston from 1970 to 1975, and Michael McDonald 1975- 1982.
The group officially split in 1982 but re-formed in 1987 with Johnston resuming the lead.
They have released 13 albums.
Their 1973's "Long Train Runnin'", "Black Water" as well as "What a Fool Believes", "Minute by Minute" are considered all time classics.

The Doobie Brothers Discography


WB 46 090 The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers (Album) Warner Bros. Records WB 46 090 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
46 183 (BS 2634) The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street (Album) Warner Bros. Records 46 183 (BS 2634) France 1972 Sell This Version
K846217 The Doobie Brothers The Captain And Me (Album) Warner Bros. Records K846217 UK 1973 Sell This Version
P-8437W The Doobie Brothers What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records P-8437W Japan 1974 Sell This Version
WBS 2835 The Doobie Brothers Stampede (Album) Warner Bros. Records WBS 2835 New Zealand 1975 Sell This Version
BS 2899 The Doobie Brothers Takin' It To The Streets (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2899 US 1976 Sell This Version
none The Doobie Brothers, Jim Ladd, Michael McDonald The Doobie Brothers, Jim Ladd, Michael McDonald - Inner View Show #9 - Doobie Brothers hosted by Jim Ladd Sound Communications Inc none US 1976 Sell This Version
k.456383 The Doobie Brothers Livin' On The Fault Line (Album) Warner Bros. Records k.456383 UK 1977 Sell This Version
NR 18 The Doobie Brothers Minute By Minute (Album) Warner Bros. Records NR 18 US 1978 Sell This Version
W8 3452 The Doobie Brothers One Step Closer (Album) Warner Bros. Records W8 3452 US 1980 Sell This Version
92-3772-1 The Doobie Brothers Farewell Tour (Album) Warner Bros. Records 92-3772-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
EST 2100 The Doobie Brothers Cycles (Album) Capitol Records EST 2100 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Show Number 111 The Doobie Brothers Takin' It To The Streets In The Studio(CD, Promo) The Album Network/Bullet Productions Show Number 111 US 1990 Sell This Version
C4-94623 The Doobie Brothers Brotherhood (Album) Capitol Records C4-94623 US 1991 Sell This Version
none The Doobie Brothers, Blue Rodeo The Doobie Brothers, Blue Rodeo - King Biscuit Flower Hour(CD, Transcription) DIR Radio Network none USA & Canada 1991 Sell This Version
none The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers, King Biscuit Flower Hour – January 18-24, 1993(CD, Transcription) DIR Radio Network none US 1993 Sell This Version
662235 The Doobie Brothers Introducing The Doobie Brothers(CD, Album, RE) Fnac Music 662235 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
PLP 49 / 24012 The Doobie Brothers Closer Every Day(LP, Album) Platinum (2) PLP 49 / 24012 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
J2K-64996 The Doobie Brothers Rockin' Down The Highway: The Wildlife Concert (Album, MiniAlbum) Legacy J2K-64996 US 1996 Sell This Version
SDPCD170, SDPCD 170 The Doobie Brothers Sibling Rivalry (Album) Eagle Records SDPCD170, SDPCD 170 UK 2000 Sell This Version
06076-84725-2 R The Doobie Brothers Live At Wolf Trap (Album) Eagle Records 06076-84725-2 R US 2004 Sell This Version
HOR 001 The Doobie Brothers World Gone Crazy (Album) HOR Records HOR 001 US 2010 Sell This Version
EAGCD446 The Doobie Brothers Live At The Greek Theatre 1982 Farewell Tour (Album) Eagle Records EAGCD446 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
SDCI-81727 The Doobie Brothers Southbound (Album) Arista SDCI-81727 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
LETV141LP The Doobie Brothers Looking To The East (1973 Live Radio Broadcast)(2xLP, Album, Dlx) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV141LP Europe 2014 Sell This Version

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April 20, 2012
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November 29, 2009
The story of the Doobie Brothers begins with Skip Spence, the one-time boss of "Moby Grape". Around 1969 he piloted drummer John Hartman to the American West Coast.
Guitarist Tom Johnston had played in a California jazz-rock formation called "The Flash" before he pulled out of the ego-trips of leader David Anderson.
Tom Johnston and John Hartman formed a trio with bassist Greg Murphy and appeared in California as "Plug". Greg Murphy left being replaced by Dave Shogren and during this period they changed their musical concept several times from hard rock to gospel rock with horns and back to hard rock again.
When former folk guitarist Pat Simmons joined up, the quartet moved into an old house on 12th street in San Jose's student ghetto and hippie enclave.
When passing around a joint at the breakfast table they realized all of them being "Doobie Brothers" and finally chose this to be their band name.
It was Skip Spence again who took a tape of the group to Warner Brothers and helped them get a recording contract.
In 1971 Tom Johnston (guitar, piano, harp and vocals), Pat Simmons (guitar, vocals), Dave Shoegren (bass, organ, vocals) and John Hartman (drums) recorded their first album, reflecting their varied musical background, melodic rock with blues fragments, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric, down-to-earth contents in tough sound.
It most surprisingly became a big success, but Dave Shoegren departed soon afterwards and was replaced by Tiran Porter and Mike Hussack (percussion). As a quintet with two guitars and two drummers/percussionists they were drawing a lot of comparisons to The Allman Brothers (Band), though the Doobie Brothers had more in common with Moby Grape.
"Toulouse Street" was their second album and released in 1973, quickly awarding gold in the US, featuring the all-time classic "Listen To The Music".
"Toulouse Street" has a definite hard rock appeal and is also notable for the use of horns on some tracks, marking the musical progression of the group.
In 1974 the Doobie Brothers made their concert debut in Britain and recorded two albums, "The Captain And Me" and "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits".
"The Captain And Me" includes another big hit "Long Train Running" and was commercially as succesful as the "Toulouse Street" album.
Their fourth album "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" for the first time features "The Memphis Horns" brass section who would become firm associates with the band on their records and concerts.
At the end of 1974 Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter of Steely Dan joined the band on slide guitar and by 1975 more personnel changes happened.
Mike Hussack left and was replaced by Keith Knudsen, former band member of LEE MICHAELS, while Tom Johnston was forced to retire for a year due to serious health problems. His place was taken by another former STEELY DAN member, Michael McDonald. The DOOBIE BROTHERS recorded their fifth album "Stampede" in 1975 and saw the return of Tom Johnston a year a later and continued as a seven-piece with the release of their 6th album "Takin' It To The Streets" in 1976.
Three more studio albums followed incl. top hit "What A Fool Believes" in 1978. They finally split up in 1982 and a double album of their farewell tour was released -like all others on Warner- in 1983.
The first five albums are milestones of the classic rock age and rank the Doobies somewhere between The Allman Brothers and Little Feat.

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