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The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers’ long career can be broken into three parts: pre-Michael McDonald era, the Michael McDonald era and post-Michael McDonald era. Before the singer-songwriter and keyboardist joined the group in 1975, the Doobies were a power-chord rockin’ band best known for “Long Train Runnin'” and “Black Water.” After McDonald joined, they became one of the biggest pop groups on the planet, scoring a No. 1 song (“What a Fool Believes”) and album (‘Minute by Minute’). Numerous members over the years have included guitarists and singers Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, who’ve anchored the band before and after McDonald. After breaking up in 1983, they got back together in 1988 and have been around ever since.

Capitol Records
Capitol Records

25 Years Ago: The Doobie Brothers Lose Their Comeback Momentum on ‘Brotherhood’

The Doobie Brothers released 'Brotherhood,' the follow-up to their reunion album, 'Cycles,' on April 15, 1991.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

40 Years Ago: The Doobie Brothers Begin the Michael McDonald Era with ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’

UCR spoke with Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons about their album, 'Taking It to the Streets.'

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Doobie Brothers
Doobie Brothers

Doobie Brothers Add Little Feat’s Bill Payne to Touring Lineup

When the Doobie Brothers hit the road in 2016, they'll be bringing an old friend along for the ride.

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Scoop Marketing
Scoop Marketing

Journey Welcome Back Drummer Steve Smith, Announce 2016 Tour With Doobie Brothers

Journey will have another busy year on the concert circuit in 2016 — and they'll return to the road with drummer Steve Smith back in the lineup for the first time since the '90s.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

35 Years Ago: The Doobie Brothers Come ‘One Step Closer’ to Implosion

Released on Sept. 17, 1980, the Doobie Brothers' 'One Step Closer' would be their last album for nine years.

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NBC
NBC

Watch the Doobie Brothers Reunite With Michael McDonald on ‘The Tonight Show’

The Doobie Brothers brought a piece of their past with them when they visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night.

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Doobie Brothers Box Set
Rhino

Win a Doobie Brothers ‘The Warner Brothers Years 1971-1983′ Box Set

Ultimate Classic Rock is teaming up with Rhino to give away five copies of the new 10-CD 'The Warner Brothers Years 1971-1993' box set by the Doobie Brothers.

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Paradigm Talent Agency
Paradigm Talent Agency

Doobie Brothers File Lawsuit Against Similarly Named Cover Band

The Doobie Brothers have filed a trademark lawsuit against a '70s cover band called the Doobie Decimal System, claiming the other group's name is "confusingly similar."

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

43 Years Ago: The Doobie Brothers Break Through With ‘Toulouse Street’

The Doobie Brothers had nowhere to go but up after their first album failed to chart in 1971 — and they didn't wait long to pick up momentum, notching their breakthrough hit with the follow-up, Toulouse Street.

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Jim Steinfeld, Getty Images
Jim Steinfeld, Getty Images

26 Years Ago: How the Doobie Brothers Got Back Together

How the Doobie Brothers' 1989 reunion happened.

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