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.
The Struggle to Bring Michael McDonald Into the Doobie Brothers
Patrick Simmons recalls coming up with a solution to missing-frontman problem in 1975 - but no one else seemed enthusiastic.
Doobie Brothers Postpone 2020 Tour With Michael McDonald
Coronavirus pandemic has shelved their 50th-anniversary trek, their first with former frontman since 1996.
Ted Templeman Thought ‘What a Fool Believes’ Was 'Piece of S---'
In hindsight, the famed producer admits he was wrong about the Doobie Brothers' big hit.
Fu Manchu Cover the Doobie Brothers' 'Takin' It to the Streets'
Patrick Simmons says new version of his band's hit is "inspired."
Who Sang the Most Doobie Brothers Songs? Lead Vocal Totals
Band is remembered for having three distinctive lead singers, but other members also got their share.
Doobie Brothers Give Fans Credit for Belated Hall of Fame Nod
Frontman Tom Johnston says he "can't imagine a better start to our 50th year."
Final Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Vote Revealed
These five artists boosted their odds of entering the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class.
Behind the Scenes at the Doobie Brothers' Reunion Photo Shoot
We were there as the group got back together at the Moonfire Ranch in California's Topanga Canyon.
5 Reasons the Doobie Brothers Should Be in the Hall of Fame
They've had huge hits and health issues, breakups and hiccups, and seemingly countless comings and goings, then reunion and triumph.