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.
Doobie Brothers Mourn Death of Former Drummer John Hartman
"John was a wild spirit, great drummer, and showman during his time in the Doobies," the band wrote.
How Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston Wound Up on 'Dirty Dancing' LP
"It was completely out of left field, to be honest with you," singer says of appearing on soundtrack to 1987 film.
Why the Doobie Brothers Stumbled With 'Livin' on the Fault Line'
They suddenly had a blank canvas, with none of the biker-boogie band constraints from their early years.
Doobie Brothers Celebrate 50 Years During Return to Ohio: Photos
Check out UCR's exclusive photos from the night.
Patrick Simmons Hails 'Larger Than Life' Doobie Brothers Reunion
Playing with Michael McDonald again is "certainly something I'll carry with me forever," he tells UCR.
Doobie Brothers Return to the Road: Videos, Set List
They resumed their 50th anniversary trek with Michael McDonald.
Doobie Brothers Add 11 New Dates to 50th-Anniversary Tour
Several major cities are now included in the trek.
Win a Trip to See the Doobie Brothers in Las Vegas
Prize includes roundtrip airfare and two-night accommodation.
Doobie Brothers Postpone Four Shows After McDonald Misses Concert
Singer is on the road with the band as part of their 50th anniversary tour.