The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California, known for their flexibility in performing across numerous genres and their vocal harmonies. Active for five decades, with their greatest success in the 1970s, the group's current lineup consists of founding members Tom Johnston (guitars, vocals) and Patrick Simmons (guitars, vocals), alongside Michael McDonald (keyboards, vocals) and John McFee (guitars, pedal steel, violin, backing vocals), and touring musicians including John Cowan (bass, vocals), Bill Payne (keyboards), Marc Russo (saxophones), Ed Toth (drums), and Marc Quiñones (percussion). Other long-serving members of the band include guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (1972–1979), bassist Tiran Porter (1972–1980, 1987–1992) and drummers John Hartman (1970–1979, 1987–1992), Michael Hossack (1971–1973, 1987–2012), and Keith Knudsen (1973–1982, 1993–2005).

From 1970 to 1975 it featured lead vocalist Johnston and a mainstream rock sound with elements of folk, country and R&B. Michael McDonald joined the band in 1975 as a keyboard player and second lead vocalist, to give some relief to Johnston, who was suffering health problems at the time. McDonald's interest in soul music introduced a new sound to the band. Johnston and McDonald performed together as co-lead vocalists for one album, before Johnston retired fully in 1977. Frequent lineup changes followed through the rest of the 1970s, and the band broke up in 1982 with Simmons being the only constant member having appeared on all of their albums. In 1987, the Doobie Brothers reformed with Johnston back in the fold; McDonald, who had previously made several guest appearances since their reformation, returned to the band full-time in 2019 for their 50th anniversary tour.

The group's fourteen studio albums include six top-ten appearances on the Billboard 200 album chart, including 1978's Minute by Minute, which reached number one for five weeks, and won the band a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, while the single "What A Fool Believes" from the album won three Grammys itself. The band has released six live albums, and numerous greatest hits compilations, including 1976's Best of The Doobies, which was certified diamond by the RIAA for reaching album sales of ten million copies, the band's best selling album. The band's sixteen Billboard Hot 100 top-40 hits include "Listen to the Music", "Jesus is Just Alright", "Long Train Running", "China Grove", "Black Water" (#1 in 1974), "Takin' It to the Streets", "What A Fool Believes" (#1 in 1979), and "The Doctor", all of which remain in heavy rotation on classic rock radio.

The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 7, 2020. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

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1971The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers7
1972Toulouse StreetThe Doobie Brothers47
1973The Captain and MeThe Doobie Brothers7
1974What Were Once Vices Are Now HabitsThe Doobie Brothers7
1975StampedeThe Doobie Brothers34
1976Takin’ It to the StreetsThe Doobie Brothers9
1977Livin’ on the Fault LineThe Doobie Brothers6
1978Minute by MinuteThe Doobie Brothers8
1980One Step CloserThe Doobie Brothers6
1980Introducing The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers4
1989CyclesThe Doobie Brothers52
1991BrotherhoodThe Doobie Brothers3
2000Sibling RivalryThe Doobie Brothers3
2010World Gone CrazyThe Doobie Brothers7
2014SouthboundThe Doobie Brothers3

Album + Compilation

1974Listen to the Music: The Best of the Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers1
1976Best of the DoobiesThe Doobie Brothers4.3515
1981Best of The Doobies, Volume IIThe Doobie Brothers2
1992Long Train Runnin’The Doobie Brothers1
1993Listen to the Music: The Very Best of The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers5
1996Still Smokin’The Doobie Brothers1
1999Long Train Runnin’The Doobie Brothers51
2001Greatest HitsThe Doobie Brothers3
2002Doobies' ChoiceThe Doobie Brothers1
2007The Very Best of The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers3
2007The Platinum CollectionThe Doobie Brothers1
2008Very Best of the Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers1
2011Livin’ on the Fault Line / Minute by MinuteThe Doobie Brothers1
2011Stampede / Takin’ It to the StreetsThe Doobie Brothers1
2013Original Album SeriesThe Doobie Brothers1
2013The Doobie Brothers CollectionThe Doobie Brothers1
2013Original Album Series, Volume 2The Doobie Brothers1
2015The Warner Bros. Years 1971–1983The Doobie Brothers1
2020QuadioThe Doobie Brothers1

Album + Live

1983Farewell TourThe Doobie Brothers3
1994American Tour 1991The Doobie Brothers1
1996Rockin’ Down the Highway: The Wildlife ConcertThe Doobie Brothers33
1999Best of the Doobie Brothers LiveThe Doobie Brothers2
2004Live at Wolf TrapThe Doobie Brothers2
2006Extended VersionsThe Doobie Brothers1
2011Live at the Greek Theater 1982The Doobie Brothers4
2019Live From the Beacon TheatreThe Doobie Brothers2
2021Rockin’ Down in Memphis 1975The Doobie Brothers1


1971Feelin’ Down Farther / Travelin’ ManThe Doobie Brothers1
1971Nobody / Slippery St. PaulThe Doobie Brothers1
1972Listen to the Music / Toulouse StreetThe Doobie Brothers2
1973China Grove / Evil WomanThe Doobie Brothers2
1973Jesus Is Just Alright / Rockin’ Down the HighwayThe Doobie Brothers1
1973Long Train Runnin’ / Natural ThingThe Doobie Brothers1
1973Long Train Runnin’ / Il ConfineThe Doobie Brothers / I Dik Dik1
1974Natural Thing / UkiahThe Doobie Brothers1
1974Eyes of Silver / You Just Can’t Stop ItThe Doobie Brothers1
1974Another Park, Another Sunday / Black WaterThe Doobie Brothers1
1974Black Water / Song to See You ThroughThe Doobie Brothers31
1974Pursuit on 53rd St. / Another Park, Another SundayThe Doobie Brothers1
1975I Cheat the Hangman / Music ManThe Doobie Brothers1
1975Sweet Maxine / Double Dealin’ Four FlusherThe Doobie Brothers1
1975Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me) / Slat Key Soquel RagThe Doobie Brothers1
1976Black Water / Take Me in Your ArmsThe Doobie Brothers1
1976It Keeps You Runnin’ / Turn It LooseThe Doobie Brothers1
1976Long Train Runnin’ / Listen to the MusicThe Doobie Brothers1
1976Takin’ It to the Streets / For Someone SpecialThe Doobie Brothers1
1976Wheels of Fortune / Slat Key Soquel RagThe Doobie Brothers1
1977Echoes of Love / There’s a LightThe Doobie Brothers1
1977Little Darling (I Need You) / Losin’ EndThe Doobie Brothers1
1977Little Darling / Echoes of LoveThe Doobie Brothers1
1977Nothin’ but a Heartache / Livin’ on the Fault LineThe Doobie Brothers1
1978Minute by Minute / Sweet Feelin’The Doobie Brothers1
1978What a Fool BelievesThe Doobie Brothers2
1978What a Fool Believes / Minute by MinuteThe Doobie Brothers1
1979Open Your Eyes / Steamer Lane BreakdownThe Doobie Brothers1
1979Dependin’ on You / How Do the Fools Survive?Doobie Brothers1
1979Long Train Runnin’ / What a Fool BelievesThe Doobie Brothers1
1979Listen to the Music / Jesus Is Just AlrightThe Doobie Brothers1
1980Here to Love You / Wynken, Blynken and NodThe Doobie Brothers1
1980Keep This Train A‐Rollin’ / Just in TimeThe Doobie Brothers1
1980One Step Closer / South Bay StrutThe Doobie Brothers1
1980Real Love / One Step CloserThe Doobie Brothers1
1981One Step Closer / South Bay StrutThe Doobie Brothers1
1981Can’t Let It Get Away / Keep This Train A‐Rollin’The Doobie Brothers1
1983You Belong to Me / South City Midnight LadyThe Doobie Brothers1
1986Listen to the Music / What a Fool BelievesThe Doobie Brothers1
1989Listen to the Music / Black WaterThe Doobie Brothers1
1989Need a Little Taste of Love / I Can Read Your MindThe Doobie Brothers1
1989One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison) / The DoctorThe Doobie Brothers1
1989The DoctorThe Doobie Brothers1
1991Dangerous / Our LoveThe Doobie Brothers1
1993Long Train Runnin’The Doobie Brothers3
1993China Grove / Black Water / Takin’ It to the StreetsThe Doobie Brothers1
1994Listen to the MusicThe Doobie Brothers1
2014Long Train Runnin’M1_Vinylstars Feat. Doobie Brothers1
Another Park, Another Sunday / Eyes of SilverThe Doobie Brothers1
China Grove / Jesus Is Just AlrightThe Doobie Brothers1
China Grove / Listen to the MusicThe Doobie Brothers1
It Keeps You Runnin’ / What a Fool BelievesThe Doobie Brothers1
Minute by Minute / Dependin’ on YouThe Doobie Brothers1

Single + Interview

1979What’s It All About? / An Interview With Pat Simmons Featuring Some of the Group’s Hit RecordsCarmine Appice / Doobie Brothers1


1973The Captain and MeThe Doobie Brothers1
1974What Were Once Vices Are Now HabitsThe Doobie Brothers1
1975Agua Negra (Black Water)The Doobie Brothers1

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