Even though my guest Tom Johnston sang and wrote their early hits “Listen to the Music” and “Long Train Runnin’ “, and guest Michael McDonald did likewise on million-sellers “Takin’ It to the Streets”,”It Keeps You Runnin'”, & Grammy winners “What a Fool Believes” and”Minute by Minute”, it is guitarist/singer/songwriter Pat Simmons around whom the 25+ members have always rotated.
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In the Studio classic rock interview with the Doobie Brothers The Captain and Me , released March 1973.
After a totally forgettable first album, the Doobie Brothers’ sophomore effort “Toulouse Street” may just be the strongest second act of the Seventies. In the Studio Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, & John Hartman joined me forf “Listen to the Music”,”Rockin’ Down the Highway”,”Disciple”, and the definitive cover of “Jesus is Just All Right”.
The fact that the Doobie Brothers reinvented themselves for their March 1976 album “Takin’ It to the Streets” is quite widely known, but the reasons for the musical shift, and the manner in which they made it work so successfully, is a fascinating back-story worthy of an HBO mini-series.. On the album’s 45th anniversary, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, & Michael McDonald are all here In the Studio to recall how it really went down.
The surprise success from “Black Water” afforded the Doobie Brothers some creative license on their next album, “Stampede”, released in April 1975. But as you will hear from Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, and the late Doobie drummer Mike Hossack, the non-stop grind of five years of one-nighters, stopping only long enough to record the next album, was starting to create stress fractures in the foundation of the band which would sideline Tom Johnston with a bleeding ulcer and, ultimately, alter the sound of the Doobie Brothers for the next decade.
Keith Reid, Procol Harum lyricist, has passed away March 23. “Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra” from the eclectic British band Procol Harum, which has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart with “Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967 and “Conquistador” in 1972. This ultra-rare interview features organist Matthew Fisher, lyricist Keith Reid, guitarist on the first three studio albums,Robin Trower, and the late singer/pianist Gary Brooker.
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