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.
How Michael McDonald Almost Didn’t Write ‘What a Fool Believes’
He recalls getting his original lyric scribble back after six-year round trip.
When Michael McDonald Told the Doobie Brothers They Were Done
Singer recalls moment that led to 1982 split, and understands why he wasn’t part of reunion five years later.
Doobie Brothers Officially Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Eligible since 1996, the band enters after its first nomination.
Luke Bryan Inducts the Doobie Brothers Into Rock Hall of Fame
He memorably joined the group onstage for a 2011 episode of CMT's 'Crossroads.'
Watch Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton Cover Eric Clapton
Rockers deliver socially distant version of Slowhand's 1970 single "Let It Rain."
Doobie Brothers Send Bill Murray Hilarious Letter in Song Dispute
They're claiming copyright infringement over the use of "Listen to the Music" in a commercial for golf clothing.
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.
Tonight's Postponed Rock Hall Induction: What Could We Have Seen?
The ceremony was originally scheduled for this weekend, before being postponed due to the coronavirus.
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.