The Doobie Brothers

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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.
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M5 1919 The Doobie Brothers - The Doobie Brothers album art The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers (Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 1919 US 1971 Sell This Version
CWX-2634 The Doobie Brothers - Toulouse Street album art The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street (Album) Warner Bros. Records CWX-2634 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
M8 2694 The Doobie Brothers - The Captain And Me album art The Doobie Brothers The Captain And Me (Album) Warner Bros. Records M8 2694 US 1973 Sell This Version
WB 56 026, W 2750 The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits album art The Doobie Brothers What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WB 56 026, W 2750 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
BS 2835 The Doobie Brothers - Stampede album art The Doobie Brothers Stampede (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2835 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
9 The Doobie Brothers - Innerview album art Doobie Brothers* Innerview Innerview 9 US 1976 Sell This Version
WB M8 2899 The Doobie Brothers - Takin' It To The Streets album art The Doobie Brothers Takin' It To The Streets (Album) Warner Bros. Records WB M8 2899 US 1976 Sell This Version
74449, 74450 The Doobie Brothers - Nightbird & Company: Cosmic Connections album art The Doobie Brothers / Michael Martin Murphey / Jean-Luc Ponty / 10cc The Doobie Brothers / Michael Martin Murphey / Jean-Luc Ponty / 10cc - Nightbird & Company: Cosmic Connections(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) Army Reserve, Army Reserve 74449, 74450 US 1976 Sell This Version
Series # 5, Show # 3 The Doobie Brothers - Innerview album art Doobie Brothers* Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series # 5, Show # 3 US 1976 Sell This Version
BSK3045 The Doobie Brothers - Livin' On The Fault Line album art The Doobie Brothers Livin' On The Fault Line (Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK3045 US 1977 Sell This Version
NR 18 The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute album art The Doobie Brothers Minute By Minute (Album) Warner Bros. Records NR 18 US 1978 Sell This Version
Series #15 Show #5 The Doobie Brothers - InnerView album art The Doobie Brothers InnerView(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #15 Show #5 US 1979 Sell This Version
ABC/SLS-104 The Doobie Brothers - Spotlight Special--The Doobie Brothers Story album art The Doobie Brothers Spotlight Special--The Doobie Brothers Story(2xLP, Promo) Spotlight Specials ABC/SLS-104 US 1979 Sell This Version
none The Doobie Brothers King Biscuit Flower Hour(Reel, 2tr Stereo, Transcription) DIR Radio Network none US 1979 Sell This Version
P8-3721 The Doobie Brothers Ο Θρύλος Της Rock (Album) Pickwick P8-3721 USA & Canada 1980 Sell This Version
XW5-3452 The Doobie Brothers - One Step Closer album art The Doobie Brothers One Step Closer (Album) Warner Bros. Records XW5-3452 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
RKRS-7 The Doobie Brothers - The Robert Klein Radio Show (December 7, 1980) album art Robert Klein Featuring The Doobie Brothers, Elliott Murphy Robert Klein Featuring The Doobie Brothers, Elliott Murphy - The Robert Klein Radio Show (December 7, 1980)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Froben Production RKRS-7 US 1980 Sell This Version
SWB-801-13 Robert W. Morgan, The Doobie Brothers Robert W. Morgan, The Doobie Brothers - The Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week(LP, Transcription) Watermark SWB-801-13 US 1980 Sell This Version
P-5619~20 The Doobie Brothers - Farewell Tour album art The Doobie Brothers Farewell Tour (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records P-5619~20 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
648 The Doobie Brothers - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art The Doobie Brothers King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, M/Print, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, M/Print,) DIR Radio Network 648 US 1986 Sell This Version
CDP 7 90371 2 The Doobie Brothers - Cycles album art The Doobie Brothers Cycles (Album) Capitol Records CDP 7 90371 2 US 1989 Sell This Version
July 21-23, 1989 The Doobie Brothers - The Doobie Brothers Story album art The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers Story(3xLP, Transcription, Jac + Cue) United Stations Programming Network July 21-23, 1989 US 1989 Sell This Version
51 The Doobie Brothers - In The Studio: "Toulouse Street" album art Doobie Brothers* In The Studio: "Toulouse Street"(CD, Transcription) The Album Network 51 US 1989 Sell This Version
CO 90-04 The Doobie Brothers - Superstar Concert Series album art The Doobie Brothers Superstar Concert Series Westwood One CO 90-04 US 1990 Sell This Version
Show Number 111 The Doobie Brothers - In The Studio - Takin' It To The Streets  album art The Doobie Brothers In The Studio - Takin' It To The Streets (CD, Promo, Transcription) The Album Network Show Number 111 US 1990 Sell This Version

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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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