One of our committee members asked why it was that whenever they think of our next selection they are constantly reminded of Michael Douglas reading in a paper in the jungle that they broke up while rescuing Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone. Gordon Gecko aside, the Doobie Brothers are of course known for much more than that 80’s Pop culture reference.
As one of the more successful bands in the 1970’s the Doobie Brothers may have gone through as many style changes as they have lineup changes. Originally a standard Rock band favored by the biker set, the Doobies became a melting pot of differing genres in their early work. Rock, Country, R & B and Bluegrass could all be heard in the series of successful albums that churned out songs that would become staples of the decade and on Classic Rock stations today. Upon the departure of lead singer, Tom Johnson, they turned to Michael McDonald to lead them. Their style changed in accordance with their new lead singer and they achieved even greater commercial success embracing the Blue Eyed Soul sound. Their solid career combined with respect from the industry could give them a shot for Hall induction.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (San Jose, CA)
Why They Will Get In:
They had a long and successful career.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Numerous style changes may work against them.
Toulouse Street (1972)
The Captain and Me (1973)
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974)
Takin’ to the Streets (1976)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Listen to the Music (From Toulouse Street, 1972)
Jesus is Just All Right (From Toulouse Street, 1972)
China Grove (From The Captain and Me, 1973)
Long Train Runnin’ (From The Captain and Me, 1973)
Black Water (From What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, 1974)