Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer known for his distinctive, soulful voice and as a member of the bands The Doobie Brothers (1975-1982, 1987, 2019-present) and Steely Dan (1974). When first he played it to me, I thought, God, that must be some really old, obscure soul tune from the early Marvin Gaye era or something. The Doobie Brothers started when drummer John Hartman went to California in 1969 hoping to meet Skip Spence of Moby Grape.He wanted to join a Moby Grape reunion that never happened. By Lisa Respers France, CNN. I think that's the idea and the ideal we need to protect. You're not patriotic." He not only honed his own style as their lead vocalist but led the band its greatest success, according to All Music.Also a fantastic songwriter, he penned the band's seminal hit, "Takin' It to the Streets" and teamed up with Mr. I don't think anybody was too crazy about what we were handing in. The late-'70s incarnation of the band -- Simmons, Johnston, McFee, and Hossack (with Michael McDonald guesting on one track) -- reunited once again to put out World Gone Crazy in 2010. He grew up in Ferguson, Missouri, and has had plenty to say about the death of Michael Brown, the young black man shot by a white police officer in Ferguson three years ago, a tragedy that sparked unrest and national questions regarding racial discrimination and the use of deadly force by police. What are your favorite Doobie Brothers albums?  He reteamed with the Doobie Brothers for the track "Don't Say Goodbye" on the band's 13th studio album, World Gone Crazy (2010). It's bullshit is what it is.  In 2006, McDonald sang as a guest singer in the jazz quartet Fourplay from the album X, in a cover of Steve Winwood's song "My Love's Leavin'". The last one is Light on My Path, a collection of songs that she's always loved over the years. Michael McDonald is one of the greatest singers of his generation, and help pioneered the blue-eyed-soul and classic rock sound of the late '70s and early '80s. It's come up going back as far as Takin' It to the Streets. He's just an amazingly talented kid. Michael McDonald is one of the greatest singers of his generation, and help pioneered the blue-eyed-soul and classic rock sound of the late '70s and early '80s. I said, "I'm not sure this isn't just a giant piece of shit, this album." I absorbed a lot of their harmonic ideas and stuff into my own music and the stuff that I eventually wrote with the Doobies. Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers and Kenny Loggins talk about their teamwork on a No. You know, it's like, That's not the point. Doobie Brothers members, from left, Patrick Simmons, John McFee, Michael McDonald and Tom Johnston after receiving the Voice of Music Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles in 2015. Why did Tom Johnston leave the Doobie Brothers? Michael McDonald gives an update on his reunion with the Doobie Brothers -- a country album with some of Nashville's biggest stars. In 1991, he released the single "Ever Changing Times", a duet with Aretha Franklin. McDonald has also performed as a prominent backing vocalist on numerous recordings by artists including Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, and Kenny Loggins. Why did Tom Johnston leave the Doobie Brothers? Looking back, the Doobie Brothers became more soulful when you joined the group. Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Friday, March 31 Speaking of Ferguson and the St. Louis area, you issued a Twitter statement in 2014 about the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man who was shot by police in August of that year. The following year, he joined the New York Rock and Soul Revue, put together by Steely Dan's lead vocalist Donald Fagen and featuring other artists such as Boz Scaggs and Phoebe Snow. As we were making it, I was thinking, Wow.  He also provided lead vocals for one of three studio tracks on Chicago XXVI: Live in Concert. Dallas Some of my favorite records [reflect that]. It was a lot of fun. That was, like, my worst fear. Thursday, March 30 , In 2017, McDonald was featured together with Kenny Loggins on Thundercat's single "Show You the Way", included on the latter's album Drunk. Drea Rheneé – backing and co-lead vocals, This page was last edited on 30 November 2020, at 13:59. The Doobie Brothers have added 23 new dates to their 50th-anniversary tour set to take place in 2020. The Doobie Brothers were one of the most popular bands in America when Michael McDonald joined their ranks in 1975. The Doobie Brothers started when drummer John Hartman went to California in 1969 hoping to meet Skip Spence of Moby Grape.He wanted to join a Moby Grape reunion that never happened. To this day, we're all great friends, and I enjoy getting together with the guys so much.  He also played keyboards on some Steely Dan tracks. They were pretty much a guitar band, so rather than just hire another guitar player, they decided to go for keyboards. To continue reading login or create an account. McDonald, Fallon and Justin Timberlake sang "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" in the round, with Fallon and Timberlake sporting McDonald's trademark white hair and emulating his distinct vocal style. He also became one of the many in-studio adjunct members of the band, providing backing vocals on tracks for 1975's Katy Lied. McDonald was recruited by the rock band the Doobie Brothers in April 1975, initially as a temporary replacement for their lead vocalist Tom Johnston after he had become ill during a national tour, but his work with the band proved so successful that they decided to retain him as a full-time member. Obviously that wasn't the case. You've also been outspoken in your praise of the Sioux nation in their opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. The Doobie Brothers - Live at The Greek Theatre Dated 1982. '", said McDonald, who recalled watching the sketch while high on marijuana during a Doobie Brothers tour. , A fictionalized version of McDonald (portrayed by actor JD Ryznar) appeared in the online Channel 101 video series Yacht Rock. Wow. Michael McDonald gives an update on his reunion with the Doobie Brothers -- a country album with some of Nashville's biggest stars. I think we all have to speak up, especially at times like this when what's going on is pretty frightening. Don't care for the Michael McDonald Doobies as much, but they still had good songs. See the full list of dates below. Pat Simmons also. I just love those old songs - China Grove, Black Water, Without Love. This project was completed in conjunction with Sony Music Nashville. So when singer Michael McDonald was asked by producer/musician Don Was to join the lineup for the Last Waltz 40 Tour, which celebrates the Band's milestone final concert, he was pretty smitten. I played the rough tracks for a friend of mine whose opinion I trusted. Two of the most interesting records I've worked on in the last couple years have been my wife's and my son's. San Francisco The one thing the band was determined not to do was just try to fill the void, the great void, that was Tommy being gone with a Tommy soundalike or a Tommy wannabe, if you know what I mean. I played it for him, and he goes, "That's terrible.". That's harsh. Bass Concert Hall, Sunday, April 2 Here it is straight from the horse’s mouth: “Question: What was your basis to quit Steely Dan & go to the Doobies? "Yah Mo B There", a duet with James Ingram, won the 27th Annual Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. A year later, Motown Two was released. You don't know how to even really think about it. In hindsight, I like the record. Prior to joining the Doobies, how do you feel you grew musically while recording with Steely Dan? , In 2018, he appeared as a guest vocalist on the song "What the World Needs Now" on Barbra Streisand's Walls. Then he plays a game inspired by '60s singers. In 2013, McDonald settled a $500,000 breach-of-contract suit (out of court) with Warner Music over underpayment of royalties of online sales. , On March 13, 2013, McDonald appeared in a segment on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Read full article. , In 2009, McDonald, along with the West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir, released the song "Storm Before the Calm" on the compilation album Oh Happy Day. Well, I'm very patriotic, and I [say this in honor of] the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms and the Constitution that I live under, that I hope my grandchildren will live under and be protected by. That's a scary proposition, and I don't think a lot of people see. Brought in a whole new audience, because it was a totally different style of music.”. Potter Stewart regretted writing that phrase, and with good reason. The match is so bizzarre, it's like having God working at a hot dog stand, Barry White joining Milli Vannilli or Quincy Jones polishing the sound of Lady GaGa. He grew up in the very place I walked as a kid. Before MM joined, the Doobies belonged in the "dueling banjo" category, drinking whisky & shooting guns in the air. People are not saying that white lives don't matter. It was met with much resistance at the record company. I always wondered what the deal was with Michael McDonald joining the Doobie Brothers? It was also used at the ending credits for the movie. , In May 2011, Michael McDonald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. This has happened before, and it's happening right under our nose, and I think unfortunately there's a whole generation that doesn't really appreciate the recent history of how this has happened before. And I get to sing "The Shape I'm In," which has always been one of my favorite performances by the Band. Louisville Palace, Thursday, April 13 McDonald clearly came from a background of Motown … By 1975 Tom was having health issues including a bleeding ulcer and decided to leave the group. So far, it ain't looking so beautiful. I'm still getting mileage out of that! The match is so bizzarre, it's like having God working at a hot dog stand, Barry White joining Milli Vannilli or Quincy Jones polishing the sound of Lady GaGa. A. John McFee B. Patrick Simmons C. Jeff Baxter D. Michael McDonald 8. Who came up with the name The Doobie Brothers? He's got a great band—definitely an act that people should go and see if they get a chance. That whole idea of it was always kind of disturbing, weird, especially when you're a kid. "Rick Moranis...felt the need to apologize to me about it.  Later that year, he provided backing vocals on the Wang Chung song "A Fool and His Money" from their album Mosaic. They think, Oh, it's just going to be a beautiful America that comes out of this. As a kid, you're kind of wide open. Michael McDonald would remain with the band for four studio LPs plus a document of their 1982 farewell tour. Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald felt a severe attack of self-doubt when he first played Doobie Brothers album Minute by Minute to a friend in … By Rachel Corcoran PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sat, Mar 10, 2018 McDonald performs the Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It to the Streets," with show host Brad Paisley playing guitar, during the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2014. I grew up largely in a white community that seemed to have all those social ills. Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer known for his distinctive, soulful voice and as a member of the bands The Doobie Brothers (1975-1982, 1987, 2019-present) and Steely Dan (1974). Now we're going to break this one? Even more so based on things I've recently read and seen, I'm convinced he was wrong. Thread Status: Not open for further replies. All that stuff has very deep roots in gospel. While they started off as a rough and rowdy biker band, the Doobie Brothers are more known for the jazz-rock rhythms of songs like "Takin' It to the Streets," "China Grove," "Listen to the Music," and so many other hits that remind you of driving in the car with your parents. Jonny5 says: October 28, 2020 at 16:17. Michael McDonald is slated to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Doobie Brothers in November. Soon, other members of The Doobie Brothers decided to leave. He continued to collaborate with other artists during this period. November 19, 2019, 6:27 AM. Spence introduced Hartman to singer, guitarist and songwriter Tom Johnston and the two proceeded to form the nucleus of what would become The Doobie Brothers.They called that early incarnation "Pud," and had … The United States is not immune to this happening. I don't know that I would have actually been prepared for my role with the Doobie Brothers nearly as much had I not worked with Donald [Fagen] and Walter [Becker] in Steely Dan. With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. Michael McDonald recalled fearing he'd doomed the Doobie Brothers with 1978 album 'Minute by Minute' in March 2019. , McDonald has been married to singer Amy Holland since 1983. It's more important for these guys to make a few million dollars for the limited amount of jobs, for the limited amount of time, and they pass that off to all of us as "Oh, these are jobs, and this is energy." Nor was he around for Long Train Running. Valley Center, California They've been hanging people from trees and silos, bombing buildings, for 200 years, all in the name of God. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers are reuniting with singer and songwriter Michael McDonald for a 50th anniversary tour next year. it's a pretty hard thing to define, but like pornography you know it when you see/hear it. Harrah's Resort Southern California, Saturday, April 15 Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee will be back on tour together for the first time in nearly 25 years. There's a few. ), McDonald's soulful vocals defined albums by the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, and he's continued to nail it on his own solo material. On that spot, in that moment, we do not live in a free country. They welcomed the change. , In the Family Guy episode Padre de Familia, McDonald is hired by Peter Griffin as a backup singer during a night of patrolling Quahog. , McDonald continued to provide backing vocals for Steely Dan through their 1980 release, Gaucho. What material worked out especially well for you during the Last Waltz 40 Tour? Michael McDonald on the Doobie Brothers Entering the Rock Hall: 'They Deserve the Nod' Related 12 Thrilling Facts About Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video The … From guitars to keyboards...I like both eras, but am more familiar with the TJ years. it's a pretty hard thing to define, but like pornography you know it when you see/hear it. Brian Owens is a young guy from Ferguson, Missouri, my hometown, who I don't think emulates me at all, but I really enjoy his particular style. In that moment, I kind of felt like I single-handedly cursed the Doobie Brothers. We even stomped on a plywood sheet in the studio to get that old Four Seasons four-on-the-floor feeling in the song.  In March 2014, he reunited with the Doobie Brothers to record a new album featuring the greatest hits of the Doobies' 40-plus-year career. Dee says: October 27, 2020 at 16:03 . What would my life be like?" The band-assisted documentary Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers followed in 2012, the same year Hossack died of cancer. The fact is, the Sioux nation is a sovereign nation. Jeff Baxter who had joined the group in 74 suggested his former Steely Dan bandmate Michael McDonald to take over for Tom Johnston and was the lead singer up until 1982 when the band stopped performing. Now I'm a Christian, and I don't wholesale condemn all Christians, but the statistical fact is there hasn't been one fraction of the terrorist attacks in the United States by Muslims that have been performed by Christians. Revention Music Center, Saturday, April 1 Dale Van says: October 28, 2020 at 02:31. The new direction also earned them another #1 song with “What a Fool Believes” in 1978. They want to deflect to "Well, white lives matter too." One of the songs that got me every night was "I Shall Be Released." McDonald had been a touring and session member of Steely Dan. So it’s almost the original Doobie Brothers. McDonald attended McCluer High School, where he played in local bands including Mike and the Majestics, Jerry Jay and the Sheratons, the Reeb-Toors/Younger Brothers, and the Guild. Basically, we've got a presidential adviser [Steve Bannon] who's just given himself more power than the secretary of state and defense put together [by putting himself on the National Security Council]. But seemed like every record after Takin' It to the Streets had its own struggle for us. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth, soft rock, a sound that made him a star. California rock, and the addition of Michael McDonald. But his voice has extended beyond music. Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers on their sixth studio album ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ in 1976. Whereas on a song like "What a Fool Believes," probably my most direct influence was early Motown and the Four Seasons; that was kind of an amalgam of a lot of things. Michael McDonald, then working with Steely Dan, was brought in as a replacement and the Brothers’ sound soon changed radically into a more soft-rock/blue-eyed soul vein. The band-assisted documentary Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers followed in 2012, the same year Hossack died of cancer. It was always a big question in my mind. Nationalism and Populism Are the GOP's Future, An Interview With Metallica's James Hetfield, Yes's Steve Howe on His Hall of Fame Career. 6. What they're saying is there's a real disparity here, no matter how you want to look at it. Mid that year, he performed as a backing vocalist on the rock band Toto's album Fahrenheit, appearing on the hit single "I'll Be Over You", and its accompanying video. On what records did that absorption manifest itself most? In June 2012, the supergroup performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote their tour. It wasn’t by choice. What about now? Rather, someone else fell in love with McDonald's dazzling voice. We were in the parking lot, and I went, "I was afraid you'd say that." He's beyond a doubt one of my favorite new artists. And Motown stuff I loved, particularly Ashford and Simpson's songs. ", In 2008, McDonald released his album Soul Speak, which includes three new songs penned by McDonald, and covers of songs by Dionne Warwick ("Walk On By"), Stevie Wonder ("Living for the City"), Van Morrison ("Into the Mystic"), Tyrone Davis ("Baby Can I Change My Mind") and others. It's really troubling. Yacht Rockers rejoice. Right now we have a Cabinet of despots who are seeking to rewrite the Constitution if they can to make it work for them. Before going on his own as a musician in 1982, McDonald fostered over an era of smokin' hot success for the Doobie Brothers. Doobie Brothers guitarist Tom Johnston reflects on nearly 50 years of music, the hope of a new album, touring, the Michael McDonald years and more. , In December 2009, McDonald donated his performance to Keep the Beat in Santa Barbara, California, where he played to a capacity crowd at the newly renovated Granada Theater. Houston A Doobies reunion will now take place during 2021. San Antonio Although neither the brothers nor McDonald were on fire about the idea at first, Ultimate Classic Rock reports that Simmons was persistent. However, Michael McDonald remained. Orpheum Theatre, Friday, April 14 They figured, "Hey, while we're at this juncture, we might as well just follow a musical path, whatever that is.". They’re also the same gang that dressed up in old-fashioned Western garb and … You've recently worked on music with your wife, Amy Holland, and your son, Dylan McDonald. Takin' It to the Streets  was a record I liked at the time. Page 3 of 3 < Prev 1 2 3. What do you think that says about the U.S. government? Any kid who grows up in the inner city probably knows as many positive encounters with police as not. Much of it is the groundwork that later became hip-hop. Drummer John Hartman, another founding member of The Doobie Brothers left the band. In 1980 things couldn’t have been better for my band, the Doobie Brothers. Well, that's not the point. Potter Stewart regretted writing that phrase, and with good reason. It was strange and different in a wonderful way, and we were trying stuff none of us had done really before. My songs were maybe a little different than stuff they had done before, but we were always, collectively, a band. How much time is this country going to put on dealing with this clown [Donald Trump] and his Cabinet of despots. When we handed that record in, it was just a big thumbs-down from Warner Bros.; one prominent producer went, "These guys are over. On Facebook last December, you wrote, "As we offer our congratulations to the brave and decent folks who stood their ground at Standing Rock, let us also express our gratitude for this was not just a victory for the Sioux nation but a victory for all humanity against corporate greed!" Doobie Brothers Reunite With Michael McDonald, Announce 50th Anniversary Tour. "Well, you're not an American [they would say]. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 6, 1991. A. to join another band B. illness C. he retired D. he was fired 7. Who took over the large portion of lead vocals in the Doobie Brothers when Johnston left? 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