One of the quintessential American rock bands, the Doobie Brothers have been releasing albums and performing for five decades. The group itself has sold over 40 million albums around the world and in 2004 were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Although still performing today, their career peak occurred in the 1970s.
History of The Doobie Brothers
As with many bands, the Doobie Brothers formed out of members from other bands in 1969. Over the next two years, the Doobie Brothers refined their sound from a power trio to a fuller, more R&B oriented sound with a very strong influence from other California bands. Their first album which was released in 1971, but their second Toulouse Street offered the hit singles “Jesus is Just Alright” and “Listen to the Music”.
From there, the band had a number of hit singles that stretched through the rest of the decade with “Long Train Running”, “Black Water”, and especially “China Grove” becoming huge radio favorites. The band also endured a number of changes to its members, although for the most part their kept their unique vocal harmonies.
The introduction of Michael McDonald in 1976 represented a major switch from blues rock to a softer, soul sound that was reflected in the title track of the album Takin it to the Streets. Record sales skyrocketed through the end of the decade with the smash single “What a Fool Believes” that earned them Record of the Year.
The Doobie Brothers Today
By the turn of the 21st century, the Doobie Brothers had become part of the many touring bands of the era that drew good crowds. Interest in the group was elevated by the 1999 release by Rhino Records of their works over the previous 30 years.
The group performed at the halftime show at the 2009 Orange Bowl. Over the next few years the band toured with Chicago and released the album World Gone Crazy in 2013. The following year, Michael McDonald returned to the band and the album Southbound was released. Today, the band is still on tour and performing around the world to sold out auditoriums, festivals, and event shows.
The Doobie Brothers Niagara Falls Concert
Seize this rare opportunity to see the Doobie Brothers live in concert, as they visit Niagara Falls for two evenings at the Fallsview Casino. When in town stay at the Closest Hotel to Niagara Falls, the Marriott on the Falls hotel. View our:
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