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Founded in 1970 in San Jose California, named after a popular social accessory of the day, featuring a folk rock sensibility with a rough edge, courtesy of vocalist Tom Johnston, and still working today, the Doobie Brothers have had 27 chart singles since their first hit with "Listen To The Music" in 1972 , including two #1 hits "Black Water," "What A Fool Believes" and more than a dozen others which entered the Top 40, such as Jesus Is Just Alright, Long Train Runnin' and China Grove. They have been blessed with extraordinary vocal talent in Tom Johnston, who left the group in 1975 due to illness, and in replacement'Michael McDonald, who was introduced into the band by superguitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Steely Dan alumnus, who joined the group in 1975. This line-up went on to further success with Takin' It To the Streets, It Keeps You Running, What a Fool Believes, and Minute by Minute.

In 1979 Skunk left the band and was replaced by former Clover/Huey Lewis guitarist John McFee. In 1982, after winning four Grammys in 1980 and recording two more chart singles for Real Love and One Step Closer, the band went on their final tour and then went their separate ways, leaving an impressive legacy of past successes.

Successful solo careers for Michael McDonald, Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston followed. A reunion for the benefit of a local charity occurred every year, but for the next five years the band remained scattered over various solo projects. In 1987, after McDonald left the group for good, the twelve original members got together for the MUSE benefit with Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne, and then went on with a schedule of appearances and recordings, which continues to this day.





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