12 February 1952, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. McDonald has one of the most effortless and powerful voices in modern soul and rock. For a period in the 80s he also became a major, although not always completely consistent, hit songwriter.
McDonald recorded an abortive solo session for Bell Records in the early 70s, but found greater fame as a guest vocalist with Steely Dan and as a member of the Doobie Brothers. He was instrumental in steering the latters sound towards highly commercial soul-based rock. Following his departure from the Doobie Brothers in 1982, McDonald embarked on a popular solo career. He had already won a Grammy for the Doobie Brothers hit, co-written with Kenny Loggins, What A Fool Believes, but during the 80s he had his compositions recorded by numerous artists, including Aretha Franklin, Millie Jackson and Carly Simon. He almost made the top of the US charts in 1982 with the soulful I Keep...
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