The Doobie Brothers

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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This enduring act evolved from Pud, a San Jose-based trio formed in March 1970 by Tom Johnston (15 August 1948, Visalia, California, USA; guitar/vocals) and John Hartman (b. 18 March 1950, Falls Church, Virginia, USA; drums). Original bass player Greg Murphy was quickly replaced by Dave Shogren (b. San Francisco, California, USA, d. 2000, San Jose, California, USA). Patrick Simmons (b. 19 October 1948, Aberdeen, Washington, USA; guitar/vocals) then expanded the line-up, and within six months the band had adopted a new name, the Doobie Brothers, in deference to a slang term for a marijuana cigarette. Their muted 1971 debut album, although promising, was commercially unsuccessful and contrasted with the unit’s tougher live sound. A new bass player Tiran Porter (b. USA) and second drummer Michael Hossack (b. 17 October 1946, Paterson, New Jersey, USA) joined the line-up for Toulouse Street, which spawned the anthem-like (and successful) single, ‘Listen To...

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