The Doobie Brothers









The Doobie Brothers

are a famous American rock band who came together in 1969. Guitarist, songwriter Tom Johnston and drummer John Hartman got together and this was the beginning of the Doobie Brothers band. Skip Spense joined them and the trio first called themselves Pud. They performed around the San Jose area. In 1970, Dave Shogren (bass player and singer), and Patrick Simmons (guitarist and songwriter), teamed up with the trio. Simmons also performed as a solo artist. The new group of Doobie Brothers performed all over northern California in 1970. They were admired by the Hell’s Angels bikers and were invited to play at one of their locations in Chateau Liberte. In 1980 some of their demos were released on the Pickwick Records and soon landed a contract with Warner Bros. Records.

Leather jackets and motorcycles were their biggest fans so this was the image they portrayed. “Nobody”was the band’s first single released and their first album was released in 1971. Their second album, Toulouse Street, was released the next year. On it were the songs, Listen To the Music, Rockin’ Down the Highway, and Jesus is Just Alright. These songs were the breakthrough the group needed for success. The group revamped and some were replaced and the group began performing a variety or mixture of R&B, Country, Bluegrass, Heavy Metal, and Rock and Roll. Many hits followed after that and a few of them were, Long train Runnin’, Without You, South City Midnight Lady, and China Grove which came from the album, The Captain and Me. The band’s number one song was Black Water which was released in 1974. By 1980 the group released their ninth studio album. Many songs were released within that time span and some changes were made in the band. The group disbanned in 1982. There were no original members left but some of them got together to do a final farewell tour in 1983.

Five years later some of the group got back together and began releasing albums again. There were ups and downs that followed and the band emerged again in 1993 for a tour with the group Foreigner. The band has continued to tour since 1993. The band has an “open Door” policy for their former members so occasionally one or two of them will appear with the group. The group has had many members and changes over the years but they have also experienced much success. The Doobie Brothers were back in concert in the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California in 2006. There have been four members who have passed away. You can find more information about the group on their website. The group has been eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1996 but they have not been nominated yet.